At Hennessy, Fine de Cognac is in a category of its own. It stands out for its capacity to reconcile great lightness with a certain structure, expressing the complex subtlety of this balance simply, surely and precisely.
This unique blend exemplifies the principles of precision, fluidity and structure, giving fresh meaning to the terms “savoir-faire” and “savoir-vivre” for a new generation of connoisseurs. For these trendsetters, especially in Europe, being contemporary means living in the present while embracing certain traditional values of quality and reliability. Fine de Cognac is the perfect illustration of that approach.
The eaux-de-vie in Fine de Cognac were selected for their floral and fruity aromas as well as their great integrity. After distillation, they are immediately placed in the Hennessy cellars, where they are preserved in ten-year-old oak casks in which three or four generations of eaux-de-vie have already been aged.
The younger eaux-de-vie reveal notes of white grapefruit and orange blossom, adding extra vigor and vitality. The more mature eaux-de-vie are accentuating its delicately structured, round and mellow character.
Hennessy Fine de Cognac has a clear, pale amber robe. Light reflections make it softly transparent. On the nose, notes of white nougat and hazelnut evoke warm, pleasant tones, echoing its smooth texture. The palate responds to the first subtle impressions with a certain mellowness that suggests notes of Viennese coffee. Subdued notes of candied citrus and bergamot appear, followed in the finale by a light veil of freshness.
Hennessy Fine de Cognac is part of the tradition of “fine à l’eau”: Fine de Cognac mixed with water. For over a century, until it declined in the 1960s, this popular custom treated water as the essential flavor enhancer for “fines.”
Today, Hennessy Fine de Cognac deserves its name more than ever as it revisits the traditional fine à l’eau by transforming it into a creative, modern drink, emblematic of our times and its new rituals. In trendsetting bars, ice cubes and sparkling water are rewriting the contemporary mixology of Hennessy Fine de Cognac.
A whole range of unexpected pairings – lime and lemonade, lemon juice and elderflower liqueur, lemon thyme and anise leaves – awakens a touch of remarkable freshness.