Four Cellar Masters United: a Unique Date in LOUIS XIII History
The 12 June 2017
On June 12, 2017, LOUIS XIII paid tribute to its unique legacy with a truly exceptional event that brought four LOUIS XIII cellar masters together for the first time; four generations united to share their personal experiences as the guardians of LOUIS XIII. At the Domaine du Grollet, the family home in the LOUIS XIII heartlands of Grande Champagne, André Giraud, Georges Clot and Pierrette Trichet joined their successor who took the reins in 2014, current cellar master Baptiste Loiseau.
Each decanter is the life achievement of generations of cellar masters, an art and savoir-faire carefully transmitted from one cellar master to the next to ensure the LOUIS XIII style remains. An exquisite blend of up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie sourced 100% from Grande Champagne, LOUIS XIII is rich with myriad flavours and aromas. Today, Baptiste Loiseau is setting aside our finest eaux-de-vie, as a legacy to his successors for the coming century. Each cellar master knows, when they take over the position, that they will not taste the fruit of their labour; they are a link in a precious chain, receiving the legacy from their predecessor and passing on the baton to a new generation.
A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OCCASION
Together with a select group of guests & LOUIS XIII connoisseurs, the cellar masters shared the emotion of their first encounter with LOUIS XIII, the moment of truth on completing their first final blend and their pride at entrusting the keys of this legacy to future generations. “To be told ‘you haven’t changed anything’ is the greatest compliment you can receive,” said Pierrette Trichet on recalling her first final blend of LOUIS XIII.
The doyen of the group, André Giraud, learned the trade from his father, himself a cellar master. After decades of loyal service, he was succeeded by Georges Clot, who went on to choose Pierrette Trichet to be his successor and the first lady cellar master of a major cognac house, appointed by Dominique Hériard Dubreuil – Chairman of the House of Rémy Martin, and descendent of the family who owns the legendary cognac house. It was Pierrette who chose Baptiste Loiseau to be the current cellar master.
The emotion of the four cellar masters was touchingly clear: a genuine kinship and an intimate rapport that speaks louder than words, woven by LOUIS XIII. The icons of a legacy that has crossed the centuries, they remain deeply humble and human in the face of this heritage. “It’s very moving for us to be here together,” said Baptiste Loiseau. “We share something that goes beyond words, expressed in a look and a smile. We feel great humility and respect to be part of this human chain.