The Ferrari of cognacs, $10,000 per bottle

Monday, June 11 2007 @ 08:09 pm UTC

Contributed by: Billy

The basic premise with this drink is, if you can't afford a Ferrari, you can't afford this Cognac. Pretty close to the mark I'd say. At $480/glass, this is one drink you don't want to go fast...


WELL-HEELED drinkers are paying a small fortune to taste Sydney's most expensive shot - a premium cognac that costs $10,000 per bottle. The Sofitel Wentworth Hotel is the proud owner of the only bottle of Hennessy Ellipse in Australia. It is one of only 2000 bottles in the world.


Drinkers can taste two ounces of the elixir for $480 a glass - the same price as the weekly rent on a two-bedroom house.

Sofitel's Richard Bateman pours $480 worth of cognac. Photo: Fiona-Lee Quimby

"This is what kings have drunk for centuries and what kings of hip-hop now drink to end the perfect night," Sofitel food and beverage director Laurent Branover said.

"Hennessy Ellipse is a spectacular vintage cognac - a time machine in a glass - and you must consider the history and complexity when you drink it.

"I call this the Ferrari of cognacs. If you aren't rich enough to own a Ferrari you can at least taste the Ferrari lifestyle with a glass of Hennessy Ellipse, for as long as your glass or your wallet allows."

The Ellipse is a classic blend that includes fruit from some of the most outstanding vintages in cognac: 1830, 1848, 1875, 1932, 1947, 1972 and 1995.

Presented in an elliptical Baccarat crystal decanter designed by Thomas Bastide, the Sofitel's bottle is numbered 12 of the 2000 produced.

One glass is probably enough for any drinker: the cognac contains 43.5 per cent alcohol.

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