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Hennessy Methusalem by Berluti

19 July 2010 2 Comments

Famed French cognac maker Hennessy, one of the world’s oldest cognac houses, has unveiled a $23,000 limited edition XO Mathusalem bottling in a bespoke leather trunk by famed shoemaker Berluti. The two luxe brands, both part of the LVMH luxury goods empire, teamed up to create the ultimate cognac experience; only 150 pieces will be made most of which will be sold in Asia and Russia.

The XO Mathusalem comes in a six liter (1.6 gallon) hand-blown crystal decanter, originally designed for Hennessy by the Marquis de Geoffre in 1947 for Hennessy; each bottle has its edition number engraved upon it. Designed by Olga Berluti (the fourth generation of the Berluti family) every Hennessy Mathusalem by Berluti chest is signed by her. She based her design for the chest on a 400-year-old salt box she had inherited from her parents – a Venetian tradition whereby such boxes are presented to newlyweds who toss the salt over their shoulders for luck.

Etched with engravings and ancient maps, as a symbol of the treasured cognac contained within, the handmade chest features a crocodile-motif clasp and is designed to store a collection of watches or other precious objects and be handed down as an heirloom. “We wanted to create something that will remain beyond the sharing of the cognac,” Hennessy chairman and CEO Bernard Peillon said at the chest’s recent unveiling in China. “The chest and cognac become something very personal. Once you finish the bottle, you can keep the memory of it. Olga wanted to create something special that tells the story of her growing up in Venice and her family building gondolas. You can say it’s a work of art. We like the poetry of it and the romanticism in Berluti’s personal story.” Each chest takes 70 hours to build and inside each one is a catenella, a wooden element found in Venetian gondolas upon which is carved the gondolier’s initials and the boatyard’s hallmark. A certificate of ownership accompanies each trunk as well.

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  • Hennessy XO Mathusalem RockRegeneration said:

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  • Alex said:

    Hello

    I am ready to buy. If you have this bottle for sale send me mail with your offer.
    Also I am interesting in other Hennessy Mathusalem and rare and collectible bottles.
    My mail is rarealco@gmail.com

    Regards,
    Alex

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