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The Cognac From the Fall of The House of Usher is Real

Mike Flanagan's 2023 miniseries, 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' draws inspiration from the iconic horror works of Edgar Allan Poe, as it delves into the chilling unraveling of a wealthy family sick with power. In the Netflix show, there are several wildly expensive, real-life liquor brands featured to accentuate the Usher family's luxurious tastes and extravagant spending habits. However, unless you're a millionaire like Roderick Usher, you sadly won't be able to find out what they taste like.


Throughout the show's eight episodes, the most expensive bottle featured of them all is the Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grand Champagne. Roderick Usher, the family's patriarch, explains that the bottle cost him €4 million at auction. "You know a single pour ... it probably costs twice your annual salary," he tells attorney Auguste Dupin.

Dubbed as the DNA of cognac, Henri IV Dudognon Heritage, which has been in production since 1776, is aged in barrels for more than 100 years. Valued at €1million, the liquor is bottled in a bottle dipped in 24 karat yellow gold & sterling platinum and decorated with 6,500 certified cut diamonds. The bottle weighs a shocking 17 pounds and is filled with a liter of Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne that contains an alcohol content of 41%.


While the show dubs the cognac as 'the most expensive in the world,' it's worth noting that the realm of opulent cognacs extends far beyond, with numerous bottles boasting even higher levels of luxury and price. Nevertheless, "The Fall of the House of Usher" strategically uses specific drinks to illustrate the fluctuating financial status of characters across different flashbacks. Hence, it's quite appropriate that they would be indulging in Henri IV during the pinnacle of their prosperity.


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