YEARS OF SAVOIR-FAIRE AND A MOMENT OF INSPIRATION PAVED THE WAY FOR HENNESSY'S MASTER BLENDER SELECTION N°4, A SINGLE BATCH NEVER TO BE REPLICATED
HENNESSY MASTER BLENDER’S SELECTION: THE MASTER BLENDER’S FREEDOM OF CREATION
Cognacs are not made, they are crafted. At Maison Hennessy, the expression comes to life when the Master Blender is given complete freedom of expression and creation.
Like the first brush stroke on a blank canvas, the Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection, reflects the complete freedom of expression, created to be a personal statement and foremost to break the common perceptions of cognac. Limited in time, the single-batch cognac is the result of many sets of skilled hands and minds, composed to share a moment of pleasure.
The freedom of Renaud Fillioux de Gironde – eighth generation of Hennessy Master Blenders from a family lineage that has remained unbroken for more than two centuries – when elaborating a cognac, encapsulates the spirit of true craftsmanship. One of a kind, and never to be replicated, the limited edition is a result of a selection of high-quality eaux-de-vie, singled out with great potential and set aside in the Hennessy cellars specifically for the Master Blender’s imaginative creations.
The inspiration for Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection N°4 came to Renaud Fillioux de Gironde during a brisk winter walk in the Cantal mountains, remembering a particular eau-de-vie from one of his daily tastings a few years back. The taste had stayed with him, stored away in his oenological memory waiting for the right moment.
“When creating this blend, I was inspired by the contrast of a “thermal shock”, going from feeling one’s smallness in such a wide open space to being inside, passing from daylight to the darkness of night, from solitude of the forest, being completely exposed to the elements in nature, to an environment of complete comfort and cozy abandon surrounded by friends.” Renaud Fillioux de Gironde
The 2nd single batch creation of Renaud Fillioux de Gironde as the Hennessy Master Blender differentiates itself from the earlier editions with its surprising freshness yet delicate nature. Crafted with eaux-de-vie that were aged in young French oak barrels, Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection N°4 is a crisp, light amber cognac with a slightly tarnished golden robe. It is characterized by aromatic liveliness, featuring notes of fresh apricot, candied orange peel and hints of fruity spices. On the palate, there is a sense of crispiness, making it feel as if the blend crunches under the tongue.
Unlike most Hennessy cognacs, the Master Blender’s Selection limited edition is a candid single batch: it is blended only once and is never replicated. Maintaining the tradition of this remarkable cognac series, the Master Blender N°4 is bottled at 43%, a great level to bring to light each eau-de-vie’s distinct personality. It is best enjoyed neat, or over large rocks to preserve the cognac’s structure. Savor the blend with candied ginger to experience the aromatic liveliness and exuberance. Master Blender’s Selection N°4 will be revealed in early March in a limited number of stores.
HENNESSY MASTER BLENDER’S SELECTION: A UNIQUE, LIMITED EDITION BLEND
At Hennessy, cognac making is a living art that thrives on patience, passion and a unique know-how that has been cultivated for over 250 years. The fruit of generosity, Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection can only come into existence with time, the highest finest raw materials and the know-how of many skilled craftspeople. Little by little, the eaux-de-vie they produce come together in a rare and precious expression of craft.
HENNESSY MASTER BLENDER’S SELECTION N°4: A MAKER’S CULTURE
Renowned for his exploration of surreal landscapes and imaginary compositions in his drawings, French artist Kevin Lucbert has created a vivid image that captures the essence of the great outdoors that inspired Renaud Fillioux de Gironde. With detailed lines, a rich Bic™ pen blue color and a spot-on eye for detail, Kevin Lucbert captured a multi-layered story of the wilderness, incorporating symbols from the Hennessy family crest.
The attention to detail in the illustration, when examined closely, invites to discover new elements subtly positioned not to be seen at first glance. New fascinating details emerges, making it almost surrealistic, showcasing the beauty of blending at Hennessy.
The leader in Cognac, the Maison Hennessy has shone around the world with its exceptional know-how for more than 250 years. Built on founder Richard Hennessy’s spirit of conquest, the brand is present in more than 160 countries. Based in the heart of the Charente region, Hennessy is also a steadfast pillar of the regional economy. The House’s success and longevity are rooted in the excellence of its cognacs, each of which is born of a unique process of transmission of know-how from generation to generation. The first spirits house to be certified ISO 14001, Hennessy unites its capacity for innovation and the support of all of its partners to protect this exceptional area. As a crown jewel of the LVMH Group, Hennessy is a major contributor to French international trade, with 99% of production sold in export, and a worldwide ambassador for the French art de vivre.