LOUIS XIII’s RARE CASK 42.1 – an extraordinary cognac, the third in the Rare Cask limited-edition series is served by the glass at the prestigious Baccarat Hotel in New York City, with a 1 ounce pour priced at $5,000 and a half-ounce pour priced at $2,500. To complement RARE CASK 42.1’s expression & rarity, 775 limited-edition numbered black Baccarat crystal decanters were made available globally.
The journey of RARE CASK 42.1 began in the Grande Champagne Cru of Cognac, France, where fifth-generation Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau, stumbled upon a single tiercon with an exceptionally aromatic profile. Crafted from French oak trees that take over a century to mature, these tiercons hold precious eaux-de-vie sourced from Grande Champagne’s terroir. The undisturbed aging process results in an unparalleled complexity, culminating in a cognac with an unexpected 42.1% alcohol by volume (ABV).
Each RARE CASK 42.1 decanter has been crafted from black Baccarat crystal, requiring high level art and savoir-faire to achieve the decanter’s jewel-like black finish – hand-made by 20 master craftsmen working meticulously in unison. Each decanter’s neck was then dressed in gold and rhodium finished details and finely engraved with quadrilobed patterns in reference to France’s Fleur-de-lys.
For the first time in the Rare Cask series, RARE CASK 42.1 is the first Rare Cask edition from LOUIS XIII to be offered as a ritual set. The black crystal decanter is accompanied by a pair of glasses, each glass adorned with black quatrefoils and a serving pipette featuring a black medallion. For inquiries on LOUIS XIII’s RARE CASK 42.1 and how to potentially obtain a decanter, please visit the house’s virtual boutique at us.louisxiii-cognac.com.