What’s the most you’d ever spend on a bottle of liquor? $100? $500? How about $134,750?
That’s how much a bottle of Louis XIII cognac sold for at a Sotheby’s auction in New York this month. Why? Well it’s certainly no ordinary bottle of cognac.
Known as L’Odyssée d’un Roi, which translates to “Journey of a King,” the cognac was produced in honor of the first global shipment of Louis XIII’s cognac in the 1870s. Only three bottles of the L’Odyssée were made, making it extremely rare. The second bottle from the trio is scheduled to be auctioned off in Hong Kong next month, with the final bottle headed to a London auction in November.
The pricey spirit is a blend created by cellar master Baptiste Loiseau. Not even Louis XIII’s vice president of the Americas, Yves de Launay, has tasted it.
“Only the cellar master has tried it,” said de Launay. “But I am at the disposal of whoever buys the bottle to help them taste it.”
The cognac comes with a crystal decanter and four serving glasses, all placed delicately in a custom leather trunk created by Hermès. The glasses were mouth-blown, hand-cut and engraved in France’s royal Cristallerie Saint-Louis; they each feature a different 19th-century map pattern.
So is it the most expensive cognac ever? Surprisingly no, but it does land in the top three. Some argue that the title belongs to an 1858 bottle of Cuvée Leonie, which sold in 2011 for $156,760; others offer the crown to a bottle of Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande priced at more than $2 million (though there’s confirmation it has actually been sold).
Interested about some of the other most expensive items in the alcohol world? Read some related articles below: