Australian wine producer Penfolds has teamed up with Europe’s most respected French glassmaker, Saint-Louis to create the distinctive hand-made crystal objet d’art service vessel, Penfolds Aevum Imperial Service Ritual. This collaboration also marks the first commercial release of only five 2012 Grange Imperial 6 litre bottles available on the planet.
Designed exclusively for the 2012 Grange Imperial, the Penfolds Aevum Imperial Service Ritual service vessel accurately balances and elevates the wine to achieve the perfect pour. The $185,000 decanter kit includes an imperial (6-litre) bottle of 2012 Grange and a smaller decanter. There are only five available globally, each reflecting a powerful and passionate union and painstaking hours of crafting and refining the perfect piece. It also ratifies Penfolds reputation of innovation and experimentation while respecting customs of the past and the rarity and splendour of every drop of Grange.
This is the first time Saint-Louis, who has been making handcrafted crystal objects in France since 1586, has collaborated with a global brand outside of Europe. “When talent, heritage and know how come together, the journey from craft to ritual can be truly extraordinary. The collaboration between Penfolds and Saint-Louis represents a marriage of two masters of their crafts. This is the first time something of this calibre has taken place and the first time that we have collaborated with a winemaker at this level,” says Jérôme de Lavergnolle, Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Louis.
As part of the collaboration, a limited edition release of smaller sculptured decanters Penfolds Aevum Crystal Decanter, accompany the 750ml 2012 Grange and are also available. Each decanter features the striking diamond cut, a signature hallmark of Saint-Louis.