Costly Cognac

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 2:18pm

Rhode Island restaurant is home to $40,000 bottle of cognac.

Inside Cafe Nuovo, one of the finest restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island sits one of the finest and rarest Cognacs in the world: Louis XIII Black Pearl.

If you can find a bottle, in hand-blown Baccarat black crystal, expect to pay more than $40,000 for the honor.

The Black Pearl is a collection of 1,200 different brandies that have been aged anywhere from 40 to 100 years, and then blended in one barrel.

That blending was done in 1960.

In 2007, out of that one and only oak barrel came a total of 358 bottles of the blend.

This bottle is certified as No. 181.

One of the regular Cafe Nuovo customers, who wishes to remain unnamed, requested the restaurant find and make the purchase so it would be available for special occasions.

"The company that owns Louis XIII, the Remy Cognacs, they actually have to check everything. They have to make sure that our location is something that they are willing to have a bottle like this located," said Sean Scannell, manager of Cafe Nuovo.

For that really special occasion, if you can't afford the whole bottle, how about a shot?

One-and-a-half ounces costs $1,500.

"This is a different type of fine art: 1,200 brandies. That's 1,200 stories, and it's a living beautiful thing," Scannell said.

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