The Louis XIII Le Mathusalem edition is set for a debut at the world-famous Harrods department store in London where it will be exclusively available for two months starting in September after which it will become available worldwide. The cognac is bottled in hand-blown decanters from Baccarat which take over 20 master craftsmen to produce.
“Louis XIII Le Mathusalem is truly the result of a work of art and genius, a tribute to craftsmanship and time. Harrods in London, a renowned institution whose History goes back as far as Louis XIII’s, is the ideal setting in which to launch this monumental edition,” said Ludovic du Plessis, LOUIS XIII Global Executive Director.
The cognac itself is a blend of up to 1200 Eaux-de-vie, the youngest of which is at least 40 years old. The blend evokes tasting notes and aromas of myrrh, honey, immortelle, plum, honeysuckle, wood bark, leather, and passion fruits.
We don’t know how many of these precious creations have been produced but the brand states that ‘A very limited number of Louis XIII Le Mathusalem will be made, each individually numbered for eternity.’
“Harrods is extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to showcase this unique release from such a globally recognized brand as LOUIS XIII. It is a true reflection of our mutual determination to present Harrods clients with the finest and most sought-after products from the spirits marketplace,” said Nick Fleming, Spirits Buyer at Harrods.
This will be the first time that cognac will produce a mathusalem edition in crystal. The six-liter Baccarat decanters have been blown by the craftsmen of La Maison Baccarat following techniques and traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. The decanter is presented in a display chest featuring eight crystal decanters in a dedicated case, a serving platter, and a pipette.
While exclusive to Harrod’s the covetable cognac will retail for £60,000 (about US$78,000) per decanter.