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Louis XIII auction raises £62,500 for childen's charity

Published:  31 May, 2013

More than £62,500 was raised at a Louis XIII charity auction this week as the Rémy Martin-owned luxury Cognac house unveiled its latest bottling.

Lord Jeffrey Archer wielded the gavel at the auction, in aid of the Chain of Hope charity, which offers treatment around the world to children with life-threatening heart diseases.

The three lots on offer to 50 guests at London's Dartmouth House included a magnum of Louis XIII, a rare miniature Louis XIII decanter and - the main draw, raising £50,000 on the night - one of only 738 decanters of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 to be released worldwide.

The new Cognac - whose global launch took place in Udaipur, India, in March - is the product of one large barrel, or tierçon, from the Louis XIII cellars, and takes its name from the cask's abv of 42.6%.

Louis XIII Rare Cask is bottled in black Baccarat crystal, with the packaging created by 20 leading French craftsmen.

In the UK, it will be exclusively available at Harrods and Hedonism Wines from June, with an RRP of £20,000 per bottle; and by the glass at the Dorchester Bar, Claridge's and The Arts Club.