On Wednesday 22nd May 2013, fifty distinguished guests gathered at the historic Dartmouth House in Mayfair to witness a new page in LOUIS XIII history being written. Attendees watched the breath-taking moment when the first LOUIS XIII RARE CASK 42,6 decanter in the UK was revealed during a thrilling auction. Only 738 decanters worldwide were created from this unique tierÇ¶õon, meaning the evening gave guests one of the few opportunities to take home a decanter of RARE CASK 42,6. The auction was a special treat for all guests not only because of the very limited availability of the RARE CASK 42,6. LOUIS XIII also generously decided that all auction proceeds will be donated to the charity `Chain of Hope`, which provides children suffering from life-threating heart diseases with the corrective surgery and treatment. Other lots at the auction included a LOUIS XIII Magnum, as well as a miniature LOUIS XIII decanter, a highly prized collector`s item due to it being no longer in production. It was no surprise that the auction, held by charismatic Lord Jeffrey Archer, was a thrilling and unique experience and the Rare Cask 42,6 was finally auctioned off for an astonishing £50,000. Much to the delight of Anne-Laure Pressat, LOUIS XIII Brand Ambassador, who said after the auction `We are honoured that so many important friends of LOUIS XIII and Chain of Hope were here to share this unique and special moment with us. Thanks to our guests, our expectations to support Chain of Hope were exceeded greatly.`
The total auction proceeds amounted to £62,500, which will all be donated to Chain of Hope. Emma Scanlan, Executive Director at Chain of Hope, commented `We`re over the moon that LOUIS XIII managed to raise such a high amount of money during one evening, which will allow us to save the lives of 12 children.` Not only did this wonderful evening raise money for a good cause, it also allowed all honoured guests to be transported into the luxurious world of LOUIS XIII, commencing with a tutored LOUIS XIII tasting by Mr Vincent J. Géré, Director of Rémy Martin Estates & Oenology. Mr Géré raised a glass to the successive cellar masters in history, whose talents with the help of mother nature brought the spectacular RARE CASK 42,6 to light. He reminded the guests that `there would be no RARE CASK without the extraordinary sensibilities of a LOUIS XIII cellar master. The RARE CASK 42,6 is truly the jewel in the crown of the LOUIS XIII legend that each cellar master has worked to create.`
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