Louis XIII is a cognac that has a timeless reputation. Branded the King of Cognacs, it is one of the most luxurious liquors and complex liquors you can bring to the table, if you would even share it at all. The deep amber liquid is a medley of 1,200 different eaux-de-vies, held in a pure crystal. Both the spirit and decanter are completely crafted by hand.

Having a bottle of Louis XIII is a luxury, but something like the Le Mathusalem is on a whole other plane of opulence. It is a special edition of the Louis XIII that flaunts the excellence of all the craftsmen behind the cognac house, and comes in the form of a crystal decanter containing six litres of Louis XIII, completely hand-blown by masters at the House of Baccarat. Each Le Mathusalem takes 60 days of work, with 25 artisans to shape each mammoth decanter. The crystal and liquid together weigh 17 kilograms, topped with the signature fleur de lis stopper that’s as big as a fist.

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Look to the towering Marina Bay Sands Hotel behind for scale.

Owning the Le Mathusalem is akin to possessing a modern work of art. Each costs a hefty S$123,000, but it includes a coffret that comes with eight crystal glasses, a serving tray, and a pipette for ease of drinking. You’ll also get a personalised invitation to visit the Louis XIII house in Cognac to witness how the spirit is made in the flesh.

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You can see exactly how big the Le Mathusalem is compared to the classic Louis XIII decanter on the far right.

Though the Le Mathusalem was launched in partnership with Harrods last September, the grandiose marvel is now available for purchase in Singapore, in very limited quantities.

Purchase enquiries can be made through Louis XIII’s Private Client Director, Chris Kwek, at chris.kwek@louisxiii-cognac.com.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.