Louis XIII Le Mathusalem is a fitting tribute to craftsmanship and time, just like the saying: “As old as Methuselah.” Malaysians are in for a treat as the one-of-a-kind cognac will be displayed in a 6L crystal decanter — the world’s first ever created for a cognac — at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is the first country in Southeast Asia to host the exquisite item.
This marks a new history for Louis XIII as this is the very first time that a cognac produces a Mathusalem edition in crystal. Each of the decanters, which require over 20 master craftsmen to produce, is blown by the artisans of La Maison Baccarat in respect of a savoir-faire handed down over generations to generations.
The unveiling of the 6L decanter in KL last week was a luxurious affair as guests were treated to a mini food pairing. Oscieatra caviar blinis, scallop vol au vent, as well as Nori basket with torched otoro, sago, onion pickled and wasabi mayo, and a selection of canapés such as poached lobster with squid ink cracker and wagyu beef tartare, made great nibbling alongside the cognac. The dessert, a delicate pineapple mochi with popping candy, helped coax out the aromas of the precious blend of up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie imbued with myrrh, honey, immortelle, plum, honeysuckle, wood bark, leather and passion fruits.
A limited number of Louis XIII Le Mathusalem — retailing at RM318, 000 — is made, each individually numbered for eternity. The display chest features eight crystal glasses housed in a dedicated case, a serving platter and a pipette, in honour of the ancestral tasting and serving rituals of the cellar masters.
The 6L Louis XIII Le Mathusalem decanter is on display at Couture Pavilion, level three in conjunction with Pavilion KL’s ‘Journey of Taste’.