A Hardy France has unveiled a limited edition of 400 crystal decanters crafted by French crystal manufacturer Lalique. The decanter, entitled Printemps, contains a blend of Grande Champagne cognac dating back to the 1920’s.
Designed to resemble a perfume bottle and packaged in a white leather case, the decanter is topped with a sculpted green crystal stopper inspired by Rene Lalique’s original design.
A Hardy France began its decanter series in 1981 with crystal manufacturer Daum. The collaboration with Lalique began in late 2012.
Printemps is the first in a line of four crystal carafes, each being released at two-year intervals. The carafes will be named after a season, those being spring (printemps), summer, (l’ete), fall (l’automne), and winter (l’hiver). The designs and colours of the future decanters won’t be disclosed until they are ready for release.
Over the past three decades, A Hardy France has teamed with Baccarat and Daum to design carafes, so the collaboration with Lalique was a natural progression. The partnership between Lalique and A. Hardy France has resulted in one product combining the famous names and reputations of the renowned crystal and cognac manufacturers.
The Grande Champagne cognacs are based upon a collection of small batches that Armand Hardy set aside between 1920 and 1940.
The silhouette is most feminine and the spectacularly sculpted, almond green-tinted stopper is evocative of the creations of René Lalique back in the early 20th century: the design imagined by Lalique for Hardy has all the beauty of the finest perfume bottles. The Printemps carafe is placed in the middle of a precious round case of white and pastel-hued leather with an ingenious front-opening system. Here too, sophistication and originality are the order of the day.