Calling all lovers of the “XII”, there’s a new record breaker in town.
Remy Martin has just unveiled a one-off presentation of its famous Louis XIII Cognac, in a massive 9-liter crystal decanter! For the purists, let’s call it by its proper name, a Salmanazar. And as an interesting aside, there’s only two decanter sizes larger than this: a Balthazar, that holds 12 liters, and a Nebuchadnezzar, that holds 15 liters.
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The Louis XIII Le Salmanazar Crystal Decanter is a one off, created by more than 20 master crystal craftsmen and a master sculptor at the legendary French crystal factory of Baccarat. It weighs in at over 15 kilos of crystal, and was meticulously created and overseen by the master sculptor who’s been bestowed with the highest honor in the industry, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
It’s believed that this giant is the largest decanter in the world. It’s no wonder it’s a one off. And due to its size, a manner in which to decant the liquid had to be created. After all, you can’t just pick up and pour from a bottle of this size. So the decanter has its own specially designed ‘spear; from which the liquid can be removed from the bottle and served. It’s similar to the tool used by generations of cellar masters to sample and serve the treasured Louis XIII. Not that we imagine there’s going to be many deemed important enough to enjoy the spoils of this one off creation.
But happily, it’s not to be locked up in a place where none of us mere mortals get to see it. But you will need to make your way to Beijing, China, where it’s going on display at the Louis XIII Boutique in the airport. This work of art is being presented within an elegant chest, containing not only the decanter, but eight crystal glasses, a serving platter, and the decanting spear.
It’s estimated to be worth around $450,000 US dollars or €350,00 Euros. So probably out of the realms of possibility for most of us. But never fear, because there are other ways you can join the Louis XIII family without having a bottomless bank account.
There’s the regular sized Louis XIII crystal decanter that you’ll ‘only’ need to pay around €3,000 for.
Louis XIII even produce a miniature sized bottle (of 50ml), bringing the possibility of enjoying this legendary Cognac to most of us.
Discover more about all the different Louis XIII presentations and other Cognacs from Remy Martin.
Sources: thespiritsbusiness.com, chilledmagazine.com, louisxii-cognac.com