THE HOUSE

ABOUT HENNESSY

From its seat in the French region of Cognac and throughout its 250-year history, Hennessy has proudly perpetuated an exceptional heritage based on adventure, discovery and cultivating the best that nature and man can offer. Hennessy’s longevity and success across five continents reflect the values the Maison has upheld since its creation: the transmission of a unique savoir-faire, the constant quest for innovation, and an unwavering commitment to Creation, Excellence, Legacy, and Sustainable Development. Today, these qualities are the hallmark of a House – a crown jewel in the LVMH Group – that crafts the most iconic, prestigious Cognacs Maison.

HISTORY AND HERITAGE

Founded in 1765, the House of Hennessy originated in the vision of one man, Richard Hennessy. An Irish officer in the service of the King of France, he foresaw the extraordinary commercial potential of the Cognac eaux-de-vie on the international market, set up his own business and founded a dynasty. For over two centuries, eight generations of the Hennessy family have succeeded each other at the head of the House to consolidate it, widen its scope and make Hennessy a major player in luxury spirits around the world.
In the 19th century, Hennessy went on to export to the most distant lands. In 1794, the first barrels were landed in New York. Australia and India, South America, Japan and China were conquered in their turn. In 1860, a quarter of all exportations of cognac carried the name of Hennessy.
During the 20th century, the succeeding generations strove to preserve the heritage and adapted the strategy of the House to pursue its founder’s work. The merger with Moët & Chandon champagnes in 1971, followed by the alliance with Louis Vuitton in 1987, led to the creation of LVMH and made Hennessy part of the world’s leading luxury goods group.
 
Distributed in over 130 countries, Hennessy is now the leading French brand of wines and spirits in terms of value.

EXPERTISE AND KNOW-HOW
The art of blending at the service of excellence

The road from the vine to the consumer is a long one. Cognac is the epilogue of a play in four acts: selecting, distilling, storing and blending.
 
Cognac is made in Cognac, and nowhere else. It is the product of Ugni Blanc, an aromatic grape variety specifically suited to distillation. To ensure the excellence and the diversity of its cognacs, Hennessy selects its eaux-de-vie exclusively from four great crus of the region: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois.
 
After being distilled twice in copper stills, the eaux-de-vie are kept in barrels made from 200-year-old oaks, most of which come from the forest of Tronçais, planted in the 17th century to supply the needs of the fleet of Louis XIV. The House of Hennessy possesses the largest stocks of cognac eaux-de-vie in the world and over 350,000 barrels are ageing in its storehouses.
 
Blending is the final art in producing cognac. Hennessy has honed this art over time. For over two centuries now, seven generations of Master Blenders from the Fillioux family have dedicated their lives to composing exceptional nectars, enriching the heritage of the House and passing it on to their descendants.
 
Today, a Fillioux heir still chairs the Tasting Committee. This heritage and knowledge, combined with intuition, guide him each day in the creation of subtle and timeless cognacs.

Hennessy is the undisputed leader of cognac in the world

70 millions of Hennessy bottles sold in 2015.
Hennessy is distributed in over 130 countries.
Worldwide sales of Hennessy have tripled in 20 years.

Two interlocking lineages since 1765

8 generations from the Hennessy family, from Richard to Maurice Hennessy
7 generations of Master Blenders from the Fillioux family, from Jean to Yann Fillioux. The 8th generation has been announced with Renaud Fillioux de Gironde who will succeed to his uncle.

An exceptional heritage and know-how

A totally mastered manufacturing process: cultivation of the vine, wine-making, distilling, ageing and blending.
The largest stock of cognac eaux-de-vie in the world: 350.000 barrels, with some eaux-de-vie over 200 years old.
Eaux-de-vie selected exclusively from four great crus of the Cognac region.

250 years of conquest and innovation

Creation of the classification of cognacs in 1865
Creation of the first VSOP in 1817 and the first X.O in 1870
First expeditions to the US in 1794, to Russia in 1818 and to China in 1859.