LOUIS XIII Cognac: A Bespoke Experience Being Auctioned At Sotheby’s


LOUIS XIII—the esteemed house of cognac, where each decanter is heralded as “one century in a bottle”—is auctioning its L’Odysée d’un Roi this Saturday (September 10) at Sotheby’s. The limited-edition wonder (a collaboration between the brand and the masters at Hermès, Puiforcat, and Saint-Louis) was designed to harken the era—and the excitement—that defined the first shipment of LOUIS XIII.

L’Odysée d’un Roi (which is valued between $100,000 and $500,000, with proceeds to benefit Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation) is comprised of these exquisite contents, which were created by 50 artisans who devoted one thousand hours:

• A 1.75-litre crystal magnum decanter mouth-blown by Saint-Louis containing a unique and exclusive blend of LOUIS XIII Cognac enriched with a selection of the House’s most precious eaux-de-vie, and etched with a 19th-century map of the Americas
• A bespoke trunk designed and hand-crafted by Hermès
• Four tasting glasses by Saint-Louis, all hand-blown and etched with 19th-century maps of different countries within the Americas
• One white-gold pipette crafted and engraved by Puiforcat
• A special book chronicling the legendary journeys of LOUIS XIII the world over

LOUIS XIII was served on the Normandy, the Orient Express, and the Concorde… But, now, it can outdo the decadence of its history and be served—in the utmost elegance—at home.