This year sees a changing of the guard at Maison Hennessy, as the seventh-generation master blender Yann Fillioux prepares to pass the keys to the cellar to his nephew Renaud Fillioux de Gironde. And to mark this occasion, Hennessy is launching an ultra-limited-edition cognac exclusively in partnership with Harrods: Hennessy 8. Named after the eight eaux-de-vie that went to create it, Hennessy 8 is designed to embody the transfer of knowledge between the two men since Renaud Fillioux de Gironde joined the Hennessy panel 14 years ago – Yann Fillioux selected the first seven eaux-de-vie, and Renaud Fillioux de Gironde the eighth.
Only 250 bottles of this unique cognac have been created, one for every year of the Maison’s existence, in a striking limited-edition carafe created by the designer Arik Levy. Crafted in handblown Baccarat crystal, the Hennessy 8 carafe features a dynamic design of eight inset rings, with a crystal stopper that reprises the eight-ringed theme in a floral motif. A copper silk thread around the bottle’s collar leads to an “H” medallion sealed by a ribbon, using a specialised technique made famous by Hennessy’s sister house Maison Guerlain. Each carafe is also individually numbered and signed by Levy and may be personalised upon request.
As if that were not enough, each carafe is also accompanied by a box of four tasting glasses in a revised version of a design first created by Georg Riedel in partnership with Yann Fillioux 30 years ago. A cork holder and a pipette made of oak-barrel wood are also included, along with a keepsake brochure, a dedicated key, a personalised authentication plate and a numbered certificate signed by Yann Fillioux himself.
The cognac will be released in several chapters, with the first 100 carafes being released worldwide this summer. In the UK it will be available exclusively through Harrods, price on request.