The House of Hen­nessy: A Jour­ney

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Richard Hen­nessy, an Ir­ish of­fi­cer in the ser­vice of the king of France, founded the ven­er­a­ble house of the same name in 1765 and it was one of the first houses to ex­port to the United States with the first recorded sale in New York in 1794. Today, through Les Visites Hen­nessy you can ex­plore the world of Hen­nessy guided by ex­perts who take vis­i­tors on a back­stage tour to learn about the com­plex and mys­te­ri­ous world of the cognac-mak­ing process while of­fer­ing a look at the peo­ple be­hind it. Vis­i­tors can plunge into the world of eight gen­er­a­tions of the Hen­nessy fam­ily and the Fil­lioux fam­ily, the house’s mas­ter blen­ders. The house is found on both banks of the Char­ente River in Cognac for the age­ing cel­lar store­houses sit on the banks of the Char­ente River in Cognac across from the house’ s head­quar­ters on the op­po­site bank. The tours are de­signed around cross­ings of the Char­ente in a so­lar-pow­ered boat with the jour­ney be­tween the two river banks evoking the jour­neys once made on the river by barges car­ry­ing the bar­rels of cognac to sea ports. The tour starts off with a visit to the Pavil­ions Cel­lar with a con­tem­po­rary de­sign by the Aimko de­sign agency in­cor­po­rat­ing noble and sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als like wood, glass and cop­per, and it is here that the 250-year-old his­tory of the house and the Hen­nessy fam­ily can be ex­plored. In an age­ing cel­lar store­house, filled with oak casks, vis­i­tors are taken into the heart of the eau-de-vie or brandy mak­ing process. The tour winds up with a tast­ing work­shop in which the house’s ex­perts ex­plain the dif­fer­ent steps in cognac pro­duc­tion and vis­i­tors learn the the­ory and prac­tice of tast­ing like a pro­fes­sional as they taste. The Hen­nessy Sig­na­ture tours are lim­ited to 25 peo­ple and are avail­able all year round with or without a reser­va­tion. In ad­di­tion to the 80-minute Hen­nessy Sig­na­ture visit three tours adding special fea­tures to the Sig­na­ture tour can be re­served. The Hen­nessy X.O. Sym­bole visit of­fers an in­sight into Hen­nessy X.O., one of the house’s most iconic prod­ucts. Hen­nessy Ex­cep­tion is an ex­cep­tional tast­ing of the house’s pre­cious co­gnacs in a pri­vate sa­lon com­bined with a tour of the Par­adis cel­lar where the house’s old­est eaux-de-vie are stored. The à la carte tour fea­tures a pri­vate guide and a visit to the house’s ex­cep­tional lo­ca­tions that are usu­ally closed to the pub­lic and winds up with a tast­ing ses­sion in a pri­vate room. The lat­ter two tours need to be re­served in ad­vance. HEN­NESSY 8 rue de la Ri­chonne, 16100 Cognac, 05 45 35 06 44 For online tick­et­ing visit lesvis­ites.hen­nessy.com

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