Talk about an expensive drink.
Sotheby's on Saturday sold a bottle of Louis XIII Cognac for $134,750, making it one of the most expensive bottles ever auctioned.
Called "L'Odyssee D'un Roi," or "Journey of a King," the liquor honored the first global shipments of Louis XIII's cognac in the 1870s. Only three bottles of "L'Odyssee" were produced. Sotheby's will auction the second bottle in Hong Kong in October, with the third hitting the block in London a month later.
The bottle comes in a bespoke leather trunk that was hand-stitched by Hermes using special leathers. It's accompanied by a crystal decanter and four serving glasses that were mouth-blown, cut and hand-engraved at the royal cristallerie Saint-Louis, in France.
The glasses and bottle are each engraved with different 19th century maps. The bottle sold in New York features a map of North America, while the bottle to be sold in Hong Kong has a map of Asia. The London bottle, fittingly, is engraved with a map of Europe.
As for the cognac itself, it's a unique blend of Louis XIII cognac, created by cellar master Baptiste Loiseau with a selection of Louis XIII's oldest eaux-de-vie. When asked how it actually tastes, Louis XIII's vice president of the Americas, Yves de Launay, said he didn't know.
"Only the cellar master has tried it," he said. "But I am at the disposal of whoever buys the bottle to help them taste it."
The cognac sale was part of more than $5 million worth of wine sold by Sotheby's over the weekend. The auction house said the sale, coming amid a slowdown in the art market and after the stock market's fall on Friday, shows global demand for top, collectible French wines "remains robust."
There are varying claims on the most expensive bottle of cognac ever sold. Some reports say it's an 1858 bottle of Cuvee Leonie that sold at auction in 2011 for $156,760. Others say it's a bottle of Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande that went for more than $2 million, though it's unclear if it actually sold.