Louis XIII de Rémy Martin gave Chicagoans the opportunity to taste cognac that was a century in the making.

Invited guests gathered at River North supper club Celeste for an event centered around the exclusive cognac on Oct. 6.

The Uniqueness of Louis XIII Cognac

Each decanter of Louis XIII takes four generations of cellar masters over 100 years to craft. Cellar Masters oversee eaux-de-vie evolution from grapes to glass and Baptiste Loiseau has the current responsibility of continuing the tradition. Loiseau Loiseau joined Rémy Martin in 2007 and perfected his craft under the tutelage of former Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet.

Yves de Launay is the vice president of LOUIS XIII – Americas. The French native has a wealth of knowledge and keen understanding of the industry allow him to connect and engage with high-net-worth individuals as well as guide a team of LOUIS XIII brand ambassadors who share their knowledge and experience of this magical elixir in the most refined manner.

De Launay has held a variety of significant positions in the luxury sphere, including creating and managing the US subsidiary for the second largest champagne group, as well as holding various executive positions where he led sizeable business units and large zones for luxury brands, including Yves Saint Laurent and Cartier.

Prior to his role with LOUIS XIII, de Launay spent nearly 20 years in the US building luxury brands across the Americas and the Caribbean in various categories such as Champagnes, fine Bordeaux wines, spirits, time pieces, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, and fragrances.

De Launay earned his master in agronomy specializing in international trade as well as viticulture and oenology.

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Photo: Eric Decker Photography

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Remy Cointreau USA Key Account Manager Astin Hayes, Chicago Defender Director of Advertising Dyanna Knight Lewis, and Kimberly Nash, Remy Cointreau USA Illinois Market Manager and Chicago Defender Women of Excellence award recipient / Photo: Eric Decker Photography

Remy Cointreau USA Key Account Manager Astin Hayes, Chicago Defender Director of Advertising Dyanna Knight Lewis, and Kimberly Nash, Remy Cointreau USA Illinois Market Manager and Chicago Defender Women of Excellence award recipient / Photo: Eric Decker Photography

Photo: Eric Decker Photography

Photo: Eric Decker Photography

Photo: Eric Decker Photography

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