Martell Cognac Hops Into Year of The Rabbit With a Limited Edition Daum Decanter

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To mark the Chinese Year of The Rabbit, the Cognac House Maison Martell has released the second of their exclusive and beautiful Zodiac Editions. The 300 yr old brand’s ultra-rare rich and complex cognac is presented in a spectacular crystal decanter adorned with gold-paint and a Rabbit-shaped crystal stopper crafted by the famous French crystal manufacturer Daum.

Year of The Rabbit Cognac

Martell Cognac Year of the rabbit

Martell’s ode to the Year of The Rabbit, aka Assemblage du Lapin, follows last year’s debut release of L’Or de Jean Martell 1715 Assemblage du Tigre, the first in the series of these special bottled blended cognacs honoring the Chinese New Year.

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The $9,000 Assemblage du Lapin comprises a blend of L’Or de Jean Martell 1715, an exceptional cognac named after the House’s founder, in a unique crafted crystal bottle with individually signed Rabbit head crystal stopper.

Martell assemblage du lapin coffret

The rare and complex 1400 eaux-de-vie gives the cognac a certain sweetness, a perfect balance and a wonderful elegance, with even more breadth, completeness and an increased richness and length in the mouth. It’s carefully preserved in glass demijohns traditionally used in the Cognac region, is aged until it acquires the appearance of liquid gold.

Skilled artisans at the renowned French Crystal House Manufacture Daum handcrafted both the decanter and the stopper. (Daum’s own Year of The Rabbit crystal sculpture had already sold out for the year).

martell cognac assemblage du Lapin

Detailed flourishes and rabbit illustrations are painted with gold onto the glass which flanks the container.

gold painted details on rabbit decanter

The stopper, shaped in the form of a rabbit to look beautiful from all sides, is hand-numbered and required hours to make.

daum crystal rabbit head stopper

Each stopper is hand signed

Presented in a luxurious woodgrain Coffret:

martell rabbit coffret closed IIHIH

martell cognac coffret year of the rabbit

maison martell cognac rabbit bottle

Tasting Notes:
– Assemblage du Lapin is round, supple and silky all at the same time. Notes range from candied apricots to dried prunes and honeyed fruits. A liveliness appears in the middle of the mouth, as well as a remarkable synergy between subtle notes, ranging from red fruits, to black fruits in syrup; maraschino and amarena cherries. A wood that has been perfectly melted can be detected in the persistent finish. An increased richness and length in the mouth are delivered by a roundness on the nose that starts with acacia honey and notes of chamomile and linden infusions. These evolve into notes of myrrh, represented by its tonicity, floral, fruity and vanilla side.

About Maison Martell
The oldest of the great cognac houses, founded by Jean Martell in 1715, Maison Martell is renowned throughout the world for the finesse and elegance of its cognacs, the result of a legacy of savoir-faire handed down through nine generations. Together with a passion for its craft and a profound attachment to the terroir, Maison Martell is defined by the audacity with which it has challenged convention to create new expressions of cognac, including the icon Martell Cordon Bleu in 1912. The free spirit of the House is symbolised by its historic emblem: the swift.

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all images and information courtesy of Martell 

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