One of our readers has this exclusive Hardy Perfection “Water” decanter from the “Essential Elements” series to offer. According to Hardy it’s the “worlds oldest known unblended cognac”, some of the eaux-de-vie are dating back to the 1870’s. And it is strictly limited: 300 decanters were made of each “Essential Elements”. This one is located in Connecticut, USA.

The reader tells us “A good friend who owned a liquor store had acquired it. He gave me the opportunity to buy it and took him up on the offer. I could not resist its allure. I have had the bottle resting at my home for some time and it is time to share its joys elseware.”

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Water with BoxBottle & Box

The label reads: Written on front:
Cognac Perfectokn by A. Hardy & Company
Product De France
Net Content 750 ml
41% Alc by Vol.

Hand Written in white on bottom:
Cognac A. Hardy Perfection

Number at the base:

Written on the Neck Tag:
Dear madame & Dear sir
We wish to thank you for having chosen our magnificent perfection!! Assembled with loving care in the years prior to 1863 and thus pre phylloxera never to be seen again, by my great great grandfather, founder and visionary of our family firm. This cognac is our nuse having reposed quietly in our chais during more than a century since mother nature saw fit to give it birth in the Grand Champaign, the noble heart of our cognac region. It has slept here peacefully ever since, like a certain princes in her chateau. Having transcended time this cognac now reawoken noble and proud poses an immersue personality. It announces itself with a variable explosion of aroma complex with the multifaced astonishing in its freshness with its power yet intact. It will seduce you immediately agiain and again in your memory after its gone.

Such freshness lively and stimulating requires a special presentation. We commissioned christallerie daum to creat for the decanter wich you now hold in your hands. Only 300 exist each slightly different. The wafting colours recall the wafting perfume of perfection. conjugating with art.
Jacques hardy President.

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: There is a round sel that is raised up off the bottle below the neck.

WaterClose up

How has the bottle been stored:

  • At room temperature
  • Up-right standing

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Cork seems to be dry

Water Close up (1)Liquid level in focus

The level of the cognac: High shoulder or top shoulder: the level of cognac has reached the upper curve of the shoulder

Our reader would like to sell this bottle of Hardy Cognac Perfection “Water”.

Please make your offers, ask questions or inform us about this bottle – give your opinion. Buyers please note: We do not accept simply pasting your email address into the comments – please make an offer first; then later on we will connect buyer and seller. Thank you.

Buyers please note: We do not accept simply pasting email addresses into the comments – please make an offer first; then later on we will connect buyer and seller. Thank you.

For both bottle owners and potential buyers: If you want to get in touch with respective owners or buyers please send a mail to [email protected] expressing this wish.

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.


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    Hello Rob:

    The photo of the bottle of Hardy Perfection gave me real concern. The level was much lower than I expected and would make the bottle nearly impossible to resell.

    I sent the photo to Hardy in France where we have very good contacts and they confirmed that the level was the lowest they had seen in one of these bottles. They believe that the bottle has a major leak or has been submitted to extreme temperatures or has been stored laying down. They feared the content may be damaged.

    We are very good customers at Hardy and Hardy has excellent customer service so they have agreed to take the bottle, open it, test the content. If content is OK they will top off the cognac with the exact blend used to fill the original bottles and reseal it. If the content is damaged they may replace the content with the same cognac and reseal the bottle. Of course we will have to pay for the cognac in both cases and in the second case it would be about half the price of the bottle.

    My partners in Europe say that they are willing to accept this risk but propose to pay $4,500 for the bottle (Instead of $5,100) considering the expense and extra risk. (We expect the content to be OK and only have to take the bottle to Hardy for top off and reseal)

    Hardy recognized the bottle as one that was filled in 2008 and is part of a second run of bottles purchased from Daum to replace some that were broken. The coloring of the glass is slightly different than the first run.

    Please let me know what you think.

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    I did not occur to me that the level was low, as I have never come across another bottle to compare. There are no visible leaks and the seal on the cork is completely in tack The cork is in excellent shape as far as I can see and there is no deterioration. When I bought the bottle from a friend, it was in 1999 so the bottle can not be from the newer run of bottles. The bottle has been in a climate controlled room at room temperature ever since. It has also been stored upright since it has been in my possession. I did not take note on the level of the Cognac when I purchased it, so I can not say whether the level as gone down in that time.
    Though I truly believe that the this Cognac is undamaged, I do understand your concern so I am willing to negotiate on the price. As this is still a very unique and rare Cognac and you will be getting the full Erte collection delivered to you, I will consider an offer of $12200 for the lot. I think a bottle as rare as the Hardy Perfection even with a lower liquid level, will do well in auction and there is someone out there looking for a bottle such as this.

    Please let me know if we have a deal. You are my first option to go to for sale on this item as you you are fairly close to me. Also having the means to restore this bottle to its original condition.

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    Hi Rob,
    I am sorry it took me so long to respond. My partners in Europe told me that the level was too low so they didn’t want me to buy the bottle. But they went to Hardy just to see if anything could be done without much hope. To our surprise Hardy actually decided to help us restore this very rare bottle. The person we deal with the the descendant of the original Hardy who founded the company. I think this gesture shows great customer service on their part.
    So, YES I am 100% in on buying the Erte collection and the Perfection bottle now that the issue is resolved.
    I absolutely do not want the cognac to be shipped because the Perfection is likely to leak. Since it has lost a lot of level there is a way for the cognac to get out by evaporation and it probably also would leak if it was turned upside down. But there is no urgency in getting the cognac to me so it can wait until you are less busy.

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    Hello Michael,

    That is good news. It sounds like they cherish this bottle as much as we do. Ill have Sebastian put us in touch and we can arrange a date for delivery.

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