The World's Most Precious Cognac Bottle, Sculpted by Lalique for Hardy

Maison Hardy

Photo Credit: Maison Hardy

The very best spirits are rarely hidden in plain Jane packaging. That is decidedly the case with the exceptional cognacs from Maison Hardy, the legacy French house founded in 1863 by English gentleman Anthony Hardy. Today, Bénédicte Hardy represents the fifth generation of Hardy Cognac makers, and she avidly serves as Maison Hardy’s international ambassador and purveyor of the label’s haute couture philosophy.

Her influence is felt with the feminine silhouette of Hardy’s most exquisite bottle yet: the Printemps carafe, crafted by Lalique, and filled with a rare blend of small cognac batches from the Grande Champagne territories. Classified Premier Cru from the Cognac region, each amber fluid was carefully selected and set aside by Armand Hardy at the end of the Second World War. The crystal decanter is crowned spectacularly with a sculpted almond green-tinted stopper. It’s evocative of the creations of René Lalique’s eloquent work in the early 20th century: the design imagined by Lalique for Hardy has all the beauty of the finest perfume bottles.

The crystal bottle's presentation case is sophisticated yet discrete. The Printemps carafe is placed in the center of a round case of white and pastel leather with a clever front-opening system. It’s a bespoke creation for the most dedicated cognac collectors, reflecting Hardy’s taste for the exceptional, and following boldly in the footsteps of previous collaborations with Cristallerie Daum (1981) and Maison Lalique (1983).

Vicki Arkoff

Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Contributor for JustLuxe, reporting on travel, entertainment, lifestyle and autos. She also reports for Atlas Obscura, The Daily Meal, Day Spa Magazine, Prevue, Where Guestbook, and Where Magazine, and is Editor for Holiday Goddess, the online destination for chic women travelers from the editors of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Conde Nast Traveler, Lonely Plan...(Read More)

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