Only 786 of this first edition cask are available, with each decanter individually numbered.
A truly distinguishing mark of the cask is its 43.8 alcoholic strength which has been achieved via a number of factors during its ageing including climate and humidity. Normal cognac is only 40 degrees alcohol.
Befitting of such an exclusive release is the specially-designed decanter by craftsmen of French house Baccarat, who have created a new version of the iconic Louis XIII flask.
Everything from materials to shape has been carefully selected, with the latter having been inspired by an ancient metal flask found on the site of a 16th Century battle ground.
The decanter has been created from black crystal with a neck dressed in palladium.
Completing the presentation picture is a coffret which houses the decanter, forged in metal and embellished with a quatrefoil design inspired by France’s royal fleur-de-lys.
To best display the lustre of the black crystal, internal lighting and mirrors are utilised while the decanter is well secured within by a metal clasp that frames the stopper like a precious jewel.
Rumours of a second Louis XIII Rare Cask are already rife although no details or timing of the release are known.