Wanted: Cognac drinker, must be Texan and have $22,000

Sept. 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

HOUSTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A decanter of rare cognac is in stock at a Houston wine and liquor store, and awaits a Texas aficionado willing to spend $22,000, the store owner said.

A 750 milliliter bottle of "Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6" is one of 738 made and one of four shipped to Spec's Texas Superstore, and Spec's chief executive officer John Rydman told the Houston Chronicle, "I have more people wanting the bottles than I have bottles, but those [offers] are from out of state. This is for Texas. I want to sell to a Texan."

The bottle arrived Wednesday in a Rolls-Royce and was presented to Rydman by Yves de Launay, vice president of the cognac's maker, House of Remy Martin.

The cognac was made in France from fermented Grand Champagne grapes called eaux-de-vie that had aged from 40 to 100 years. The decanter is made of black crystal by Baccarat, its neck featuring 22-carat rose gold, the Chronicle noted.

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