Hennessy's 250th

Maison Hennessy is celebrating its 250th anniversary with The Hennessy 250 Tour, a global artistic and cultural event that will run from March through September 2015. Chris Page (9 Feb’15)

The Hennessy 250 Tour offers a 360° perspective on the Maison’s past, present and future as rendered in carte blanche creations and performances by a selection of internationally recognised contemporary artists. 

The destinations include the Zaha Hadid Opera House in Guangzhou, China (March); the New Manege in Moscow, Russia (May); Lincoln Center in New York, USA (July); the Circa Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa (August); and at an as-yet undisclosed location in Paris, France (September).

 “Ever since Richard Hennessy founded the Maison in 1765, and throughout the seven generations that followed, Hennessy has forged its reputation by always looking forward, by being engaged with and passionate about the avant-garde, by cultivating deep ties with faraway countries and cultures and by thinking globally before that notion was invented,” said Bernard Peillon, chairman and CEO of the Maison Hennessy.


Founder, Richard Hennessy

The event is set to occupy more than 6,500 square feet of gallery space, combined with original live performances. Orchestrated by art curator Hervé Mikaeloff in collaboration with scenographer Nathalie Crinière and Hennessy heritage expert Raphaël Gérard.

Among the featured works that chime with the Maison’s legacy are pieces by the French artists Xavier Veilhan and Pierrick Sorin, American artist Tony Oursler, the Scottish artist Charles Sandison and Dutch photographer and film director Anton Corbijn.

Every stop on The Hennessy 250 Tour will present unique performances starring local artists. These events were created especially for this moment in order to illustrate Hennessy’s philosophy of blending influences and cultures.

In further celebration, Yann Fillioux, the Maison’s Master Blender, unveiled the Hennessy 250 Collector BlendTo mark milestone celebrations, Hennessy has always carefully created a special cognac to illustrate a sense of continuity. Today, the Maison celebrates 250 years of savoir-faire and excellence by creating a unique anniversary blend.”

Yann Fillioux, together with his Comité de Dégustation (Tasting Committee), has been selecting eaux de vie from among the ones he has carefully chosen and matured throughout his 50-year tenure in the Maison. In order to prepare the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend, these eaux-de-vie were aged in 250 handmade, especially commissioned barrels of Limousin oak containing 250 litres each. Prior to that, they were aged in barrels for at least ten years under optimum conditions: temperate and oceanic, the epitome of controlled balance, of subtlety and “elegance”, to borrow one of Fillioux’s favourite terms.

Aromatic tones ranging from herbal to spicy give the 250 Collector Blend a notable voluptuousness, with notes of bitter orange and fresh nutmeg, liquorice, dried peppermint leaves, and precious spices such as saffron. 

Another highlight of The Hennessy 250 Tour is The Time Barrel. This repository upholds the Hennessy legacy of transmission: just as the Maison preserves its eaux-de-vie for future generations, with this installation it invites visitors to leave a mark on the future by storing digital messages here and now for future generations. This 21st century time capsule will preserve messages written in 2015, all around the world, in a barrel in Hennessy historic cellars in Cognac. Messages for future generations will remain sealed in the Time Barrel until it is opened half a century from now, on the occasion of Hennessy’s next anniversary celebration in 2065.

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