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STROKES OF FORTUNE

Leading cognac house Hennessy and renowned painter Zhang Enli welcome Chinese New Year with poetry, optimism and vitality

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Since it was founded more than 250 years ago by Richard Hennessy, an Irishman and former officer in the army of Louis XV, the Maison Hennessy has prided itself on its exceptiona­l know-how and artistry in crafting extraordin­ary spirits to be enjoyed during life’s most meaningful moments. To welcome the Year of the Tiger, the leading cognac house is taking that artistry one step further by collaborat­ing with renowned contempora­ry painter Zhang Enli on a vibrant original artwork and limited- edition bottles.

Based in Shanghai, Zhang Enli is known for working with everyday objects and magnifying them into unique, dreamlike compositio­ns that mirror the world around us and reflect his love of nature. His expressive lines and curves, muted tones and loose washes – informed by traditiona­l Chinese ink paintings – distil the essence of his subjects with a singular and visionary artistic language.

For Poetry and Wine Welcome the Tiger, Zhang Enli visited Hennessy’s historic seat in Cognac and took inspiratio­n from the beautiful Charente River that has been peacefully flowing through it for centuries. He used the river and the maison’s eaux-de-vie as a metaphor for transforma­tion and the passage of time – just as every drop of water in the continuous and ever- evolving river is unique, so too is the fruit of each Hennessy harvest – to create a modern interpreta­tion of a key figure in ancestral Chinese culture, the water tiger.

Coming after a time of challenge and loss, the tiger represents hope and augurs renewed energy and vitality. This is reflected in Zhang Enli’s bold, modern and creative vision for Poetry and Wine Welcome the Tiger, which conjures the majestic animal – an ancestral symbol of power, success and confidence – with dynamic lines and vibrant colour.

The magnificen­t piece portrays the tiger emanating from the water, with tones of amber symbolisin­g its brave and empowering spirit as well as echoing the depths of Hennessy’s blends. The warm yellow of his coat

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Hennessy X.O New Year 2022 Limited Edition
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Hennessy V.S.O.P New Year 2022 Limited Edition
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Hennessy X.O New Year 2022 Limited Edition
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Hennessy V.S.O.P New Year 2022 Limited Edition

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