Yesterday, 12th January 2012, saw the unveiling of Hennessy Beauté du Siècle, an exclusive cognac produced to celebrate the centenary year of Kilian Hennessy, the sixth generation of the Hennessy family after the founder, Richard Hennessy.
Described as ‘a very special cognac in a special chest,’ Beauté du Siècle combines art and cognac in both traditional and contemporary forms. The cognac itself has been created by Hennessy’s Master Blender, Yann Fillioux, and is a blend of one hundred of the finest reserves in the Hennessy cellars. These date back over a century to the year 1907.
Of course, such a work of art deserves a decanter of splendid proportions, and this certainly doesn’t disappoint. Created from Baccarat crystal, the Beauté du Siècle decanter is in the form of the sample flasks used by the cognac house. This carafe is presented in an up-to-date take of a traditional liqueur chest. The complete work of art is the finished masterpiece of over ten craftsmen and artists.
With a value of €150,000 euros (before tax), this Hennessy Beauté du Siècle was produced to order, and only an extremely limited number will be produced.
For a chance to feast your eyes on this masterpiece, it’s currently on display at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, in the Finest Cigars and Spirits Store located in departure lounge three. This store offers a truly exclusive range of cigars and spirits, of which a high proportion are sold to the Chinese market.
Marc Boissonnet, Ambassador for Hennessy, said “Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers a high-quality network that will enable many passengers to live the unique experience of being introduced to Hennessy’s masterpiece, Beauté du Siècle.”