The heaven of Hennessy – The Founder’s Cellar

The eaux-de-vie that lie here, in oak barrels and dame-jeannes, are the essence of Hennessy’s greatest cognacs. They would not exist at all, were it not for a unique, for an inestimable savoir-faire – the art of selection – passed down through eight generations of Master Blenders from a single family : the Fillioux.

Hennessy Paradis Impérial embodies the apogee of the art of selection at Hennessy. The Master Blender exclusively selects within this collection the eaux-de-vie of the most extreme finesse. In an entire harvest, only 10 of 10 000 eaux-de-vie may be deemed worthy of one day entering this blend. Distinguishing that promise, that potential of finess, choosing the exact conditions for its ideal maturation, is the Master Blender’s craft.

Along the years, with precise tasting techniques and a unique lexicon of sensorial memories inherited from his predecessors, the Master Blender patiently guides these eaux-de-vie to their very tipping point of elegance. The decisive moment the eaux-de-vie reaches its apogee is a kind of alchemy. This is his science. His quest. And the reason why Hennessy Paradis Impérial, cognac of such subltlety and delicacy represents the apex of his art.

Such a feat of precision is difficult to fathom. Yet sometimes, even the most complex ideas can be illuminated by art. Today, an immersive art installation of light and technology by the artist collection Marshmallow Laser Feast has found its place int he Founder’s Cellar. Reflecting the Master Blender’s relentless quest, it is a unique window into the inner workings of a living legacy.


From 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 (con)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 some of the most iconic, prestigious cognacs in the world.

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