Look Like a Million Bucks … for $195

The world’s most expensive Cognac recently sold in New York, a $156,700 bottle of single-harvest, pre-phylloxera 1858 Croizet Cuvée Léonie. And you won’t be drinking it. But for less than the cost of a round of shots for a giggly bachelorette party, you can be waited on, served by tray, and skulk around a manly lounge, snifter of Cognac in hand. Club Privé, Bellagio’s high-limit gaming lounge, has launched a new Cognac service exclusively for Remy Martin Louis XIII, serving it in three sizes: 1½ ounce for $395, 1 ounce for $260 and ¾ ounce for a more wallet-friendly $195. Here’s how it goes down: From its individually numbered Baccarat crystal decanter, the Cognac will be measured out into a Louis XIII shot glass. It’s then transferred to a Louis XIII snifter and served on a silver tray along with an iPad that plays a short informational presentation on the Cognac’s history and detailed tasting notes. Now all you have to do is make ¾ of an ounce last while you contemplate your next move: Absinthe with that off-duty cocktail server or a new tattoo with last night’s busser?

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