At the helm of one of the most prestigious and oldest Cognac houses in the world, Rémy Martin, 37-year-old is the youngest cellar master who is sure to leave an iconic legacy. Loiseau, the LOUIS XIII cellar master with a knack for what he calls “uncompromised quality”, studied wine-making in Stellenbosch, before joining the Rémy Cointreau team under the leadership of the legendary Pierrette Trichet and has since been dubbed a “visionary and a maverick.”

Recently in South Africa, Loiseau will launched the LOUIS XIII Gourmand Experience with Nobu; a paired menu designed by Nobu Exec Chef, Hervé Courtot and LOUIS XIII Private Client Director, Jorg Pfutzner designed to highlight the various aspects of LOUIS XIII.

The menu has been designed to highlight the various aspects of LOUIS XIII: harmony, contrast, decadence, epitome and elevation. The options include four canapes and a glass of LOUIS XIII at R4 500pp, five canapes, dessert and a glass of LOUIS XIII at R5 950pp and a luxurious dinner in Cape Town; the LOUIS XIII Gourmand Experience valued at R120 000 with all the bells and whistles.

He shared a bit about the Cognac region, how he unwinds and what to expect when there.

Comparing the Stellenbosch region to the French Winelands, Loiseau notes similarities in the small villages and wineries, but most importantly, the importance of the harvest season. “For me, it’s the time of the year that culminates in the achievement of the grapes ripening and the beginning of the life of the wine once it makes its way to the wineries.”

{assionate about Cognac, the cellar master could not describe the town of Cognac without speaking about its best offering. “There is such a diversity of Cognacs, from the a light to a much bolder variation, and from a mono- to a multi-dimensional range, which all actually showcase the diversity of the region and the people.”

“Cognac is a small town with small streets, farmer markets and fishmongers, as we are only 60km away from the ocean,” he described the region, where one can expect silence and peacefulness. “And then, of course, the people; go and meet the producers, go and taste and see the cellars. An exceptional experience is to walk into a cellars, on a hot day between the months of May and September. As soon you walk in its dark, its fresh and its full of aromas. The contrast is really something amazing. The west coast is also worth exploring, with old churches and fine dining restaurants in La Rochelle.”

In his downtime, he says he tends to his vegetable garden. “That helps me to relax and think about my grandfather. who also loved gardening. So its a link to the earth and the family and that’s key for me. And, of course, take care of my kids to ensure they remain curious.”

Image source: Remy Martin

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