The famous Cognac House was founded in 1765 in the town of Cognac by the Irish-born Richard Hennessy of the Lords of Ballymacmoy. Previously, he served with an Irish guard, serving in the service of the French King Louis XV. (1710-1774) stood. He became captain on the island of Ré, which is still part of the Cognac area. As a company symbol, he chose "Bras Armé" (armed arm) from the family crest, which can still be found on every Hennessy bottle today. For the first time, Hennessy introduced the abbreviation as a quality label. In 1860 the famous stars (three for the simplest cognac
and four or five for the better ones) and in 1870 for particularly old distillates XO (Extended Old). The latter was initially produced only for the family members. The company failed to patent it. In 1785, the son Jaques joined the company. In 1792, this increased its sales volume to just under three million bottles. The French Revolution survived the family despite nobility as by a miracle and the "citizen Hennessy" was very respected. Until the year 1969 the management of the company changed from father to son.
The company is still under the influence of the family, but in 1971 with the champagne house Moët et Chandon
merged. Today, both belong to the group LVMH
, Hennessy has the largest reservoir of distillates resting in 230,000 barrels in 35 warehouses. The oldest distillates from the Paradis
are one hundred years and more old. Responsibility for this has been the responsibility of the Fillioux family for seven generations. The barrels are made in a separate cooperage (Taransaud) made of French oak (see also under Oak wood
). The product range includes the VS (Very Superieur) with three stars (from two and a half to ten years old distillates), the VSOP "Privilège" (from four and a half to 25 years of distillates - first delivered to the English royal family in 1817), the XO (distillates between ten and 70 years, for which the first carafe used for a cognac was created), the "Paradis" (distillates from the Paradis) and as a showpiece the VSOP "Davidoff Extra" (deliberately chosen name in connection with the famous cigar brand) , From the latter, there is also a variant "Davidoff Classic", which is assembled from up to 40 years matured in barrels distillates. The product then matures in the barrel for another 18 months before being bottled. The Hennessy Cognac has a very special relation to the mysterious " Poe Toaster
"; look there.