When champagne is discussed, the one category which always manages to find a place with the connoisseurs, is Jeroboam. Named after the North Israelite Kingdom, this region is known for producing champagne that fall into the category of collectible beverages, setting it apart from the rest of the lot. The reason for that is found in examples like the Moet & Chandon gold-leaf champagne bottle, and the Moet & Chandon Golden Premium bottle of 2011. Now champagne collectors can look to another 'Midas touched' bottle with the Louis Roederer limited edition Cristal Jeroboam bottle, limited to just 400 bottles worldwide. 200 of these gold bathed bottles have been released for 2013. Other than the special beverage contained inside, the craftsmanship on each one of them is truly a sight to behold, when one sheds light at a specific angle on the bottle, and the ensuring design shadow speaks how innovative the craftsmanship really is.
Each of the medallion bottles are worked as 100% handcrafted art-pieces, where each of them took at least 4 days of work to come to form. This meant that each bottle had 2 master goldsmiths from 12 different trades put together everything to perfection. Each bottle reportedly has the design recreated on it's body with the 700 meters of brass tape dipped in 24-karat gold, apart from 508 silver welded points on them to create the special latticework.
The beverage inside each bottle happens to be one of the most distinctly flavored, Jeroboam 2002 champagne. Cherished as one of the finest since the turn of the millennium, it has finally been housed in a bottle worthy of being a collectible. The price tag for each of these bottles, will be $26,000 each, and there only 200 of them will be available for this year whereas the following 200 will come in future.
Via: Cristal Jeroboam