L’Odyssée D’un Roi Cognac to go under hammer at Sotheby’s

The Asia edition of Louis XIII’s L’Odyssée D’un Roi is part of Sotheby’s upcoming Hong Kong sale with a starting bid of HK$800,000 (US$103,000).

louis-xiii-cognacOne of three Cognacs created by Louis XIII’s cellar master, Baptiste Loiseau is on display at Sotheby’s headquarters in London before going under the hammer on 1 October at Sotheby’s auction at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Sotheby’s recent sale in New York saw the Americas edition going for US$134,750 while the upcoming auction in London on 16 November will start the bidding at £70,000 for the European edition.

Proceeds from all three sales will benefit The Film Foundation’s cinematic heritage preservation efforts, led by celebrated filmmaker, Martin Scorcese.

L’Odyssée D’un Roi is blend of Louis XIII using the selection of the house’s oldest eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne that each generation of cellar master has passed down to each other.

Each crystal magnum decanter is etched with a 19th century map of the continent it represents: Americas, Asia or Europe and is presented in a hand-stitched Hermès trunk, with a white gold Puiforcat pipette, and four serving glasses.

Sotheby’s head of wine, James Ritchie said:  “We are excited to team up with Louis XIII to offer this original and unique blend that was created by Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau, only for these three decanters.

“Each set is a one-of-a-kind presentation, representing the Americas, Asia and Europe. They combine the work of the highly skilled artisans from Hermès, Puiforcat and Saint-Louis and it is even more special that all the funds are going to The Film Foundation, led by Martin Scorcese.”

Created in 1874, Louis XIII Cognac’s decanters take four generations of cellar masters over 100 years to create, using grapes grow in the premium chalky soils of Grande Champagne.

L’Odyssée D’un Roi is part of Sotheby’s largest ever Hong Kong auction which also includes an extensive collection of Petrus, Mouton Rothschild, La Tache and Vosne Romanee.

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