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Jas Hennessy & Co.
Type Co-leader of LVMH
Genre French winery
Founded 1765
Founder(s) Richard Hennessy
Headquarters 1, rue de la Richonne
BP 20, 16101 Cognac
Area served Worldwide
Industry Winery
Products Wine (cognac)
Revenue $969 million (2009)
Employees 714
Website www.hennessy.com

Jas Hennessy & Co., or more simply Hennessy, is a prominent French cognac house and co-leader of the prestigious luxury goods company, LVMH. Hennessy specializes in the manufacture of cognac. Today, the company of Jas Hennessy & Co. sells about 50 million bottles a year worldwide, or more than 40 percent of the world’s Cognac. It contains 40% alcohol.



Beginnings and 19th century

Irish nobleman Richard Hennessy [1] established an eaux-de-vie trading business in Cognac, France, in 1765.[2] The land on which the business was created was given to Hennessy as compensation for service as a mercenary for King Louis XV.[citation needed] In 1794, the company began its deliveries of Hennessy Cognac to the newly independent United States.[3] Hennessy later introduced Jean Fillioux as its first Master Blender in 1800.[3] In 1813 the trademark "Jas Hennessy & Co." was adopted.[3] Hennessy grew more popular among the aristocracy, and in 1817 George IV ordered a Hennessy V.S.O.P. (an excellent pale cognac eaux-de-vie).[citation needed] By 1840, after the creation of the Hennessy agency in London, export sales made up 90% of profits.[3] The first labels with the name of Jas Hennessy & C° and the 'Bras Armé' were presented in 1856.[3] And in 1864, a bottling plant was opened and the Hennessy trademarks were registered.[3] A system for classifying cognacs was created by Maurice Hennessy in 1865.[3] Not until 1868 did Hennessy expand internationally, delivering that year to Japan Hennessy cognac.[3] The X.O. appellation (which has since become a worldwide reference for cognacs), was created by Maurice Hennessy.[3] Hennessy delivered X.O. to Shanghai, China in 1872. According to its own corporate history, by the end of the 19th century, Jas Hennessy & Co. became the world market leader of eaux-de-vie in 1890.[3]

Connection with the Doolittle Raid

As part of an annual reunion of the Doolittle Raid surviving members, a vintage 1896 bottle of Hennessy cognac is kept for a final toast. It is to be drunk when only two Raiders remain alive. The bottle, along with silver goblets representing the members of the raid are maintained at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.


Recent innovations include trying to broaden the appeal of the drink beyond its traditional base of older drinkers, by introducing new products such as "Pure White," "Hennessy Black" and "Fine de Cognac" and marketing them accordingly. [4]

In 2009, a limited edition bottle of Hennessy VS was released in honor of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. The bottle featured a black label with gold lettering. Also, the circle seal towards the base of the neck featured a large 44, the phrase "In Honor of the 44th President" and the date of Mr. Obama's inauguration. A percentage of the proceeds made from the sales of the limited edition bottles will go towards the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


In recent years, Hennessey's popularity in the younger generation has increased, and is in particular referenced frequently in several rapper's songs.[5] Artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G, MuZaK, Lloyd Banks, Twista, Ludacris, Sean Combs, Mobb Deep, Dr Dre, 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Coolio, Busta Rhymes,Three 6 Mafia and numerous other rappers reference Hennessy in their songs.


Hennessy Very Special
  • Hennessy Black (currently in limited release)
  • Hennessy White
  • Hennessy V.S
  • Privilegé V.S.O.P
  • Fine de Cognac
  • Hennessy X.O
  • Deutschland Moet Hennessy
  • Pure White
  • Private Reserve
  • Hennessy Paradis
  • Hennessy Diptyque
  • Richard Hennessy
  • Timeless: (only 2000 bottles produced)
  • Ellipse: (only 100 bottles produced)
  • Beauté du Siècle (only 2000 bottles produced, comes in chest)
  • Hennessy VVVV (1860)
  • Hennessy No.1
  • Hennessy Silver Jubilee (1977)
  • Hennessy First Landing 1868
  • Hennessy Prive (bottled for Japan)
  • Hennessy Library decanter


  1. ^ The Hennessys (Úi Óengusa) are one of the principal septs of the ancient pre-Christian dynasties of the Corcu Loígde, or 'Gens of the Calf Goddess'.
  2. ^ "Jas Hennessy & Co.". Moët-Hennessy • Louis Vuitton. http://www.lvmh.com. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "The Hennessy History Timeline". Queen Anne Wine. http://www.queenannewine.com/hencog.html. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  4. ^ Hein, Kenneth. "Cognac is in the house." Brandweek. September 22, 2003 [1]
  5. ^ http://articles.sfgate.com/2004-12-16/wine/17456700_1_jay-z-rappers-austin-powers

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