Hennessy is a worldwide luxury brand that makes up half of the world’s cognac and has been in business since the 18th century. Irish aristocrat Richard Hennessy, who served in the French army for Louis XV, founded the cognac dynasty in 1765.
As a luxury brand, Hennessy has partnered with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Moët & Chandon, artist and rapper A$AP FERG and Chinese new media artist Yang Yongliang. The company also commissioned street artist and social activist Shepard Fairey to design its Hennessy V.S. Limited Edition series.
10. Hennessy Ellipse
Hennessy Ellipse originates from one of the most popular labels in cognac production known as Hennessy. It is a blend of seven different Eaux-de-vies which are carefully selected to balance the rest. Hennessy was established in 1765 by Richard Hennessy who was a captain in the French Army. Hennessy dominated the cognac market a few years later, and they have never lost the leading position since.
Ellipse is bottled in a modernized version of the stylish Thomas Bastide shaped Baccarat crystal carafe, which was made famous by a predecessor to Ellipse and a member of Hennessy family, Hennessy Timeless. This cognac is known for its crystallized fruit, earth tones, and wild roses taste, a carving down of the brand’s trademark taste to its purest, most essential and most beautiful.
Hennessy Ellipse got released in an exceptionally limited edition in the early 90s, and you will certainly not find many around. The opportunity to buy such a unique brand of Hennessy only comes around during important occasions. Hennessy Cognac is one of the most dedicated cognac connoisseurs making it a real delight going for €7.995.
9. Hardy Perfection 140 Years
The Hardy Perfection 140 Years is the oldest and well-known unblended cognac in the entire world. It is made by the renowned Madison Hardy, who are famous for their cognac brands since 1863. The origin of the fruit brandy that makes this cognac excellent and rare can be traced to the early 1870’s in the pre-Phylloxera period. The founder of Hardy perfection, Antoine Hardy, gathered various batches of high-quality brandy made from different vines that were later wiped out by a disease. This cognac comes from a region currently known as Grande Champagne, and it entirely comprises of French Colombard grapes.
The Eaux-de-vie is entirely pure and unblended at a natural intensity of 41% volume. Since the vines that made this cognac got destroyed by Phylloxera, it cannot be duplicated because once perfection is gone, it’s irreplaceable. Hardy perfection is bottled in a beautiful Daum crystal vessel. Each of the 1200 carafes is numbered. These decanters come with original packaging, Certificate of Authenticity and a lithograph. It was initially released in 1979, and according to a recent source, there are only eight bottles in the globe that remain unopened. You can taste hints of chocolate, big oak, and coffee in the complex flavor of this cognac, which retails from $13,000.
8. Camus Cuvee 5.150
Camus Cuvee 5.150 is the fifth release in the Camus’ master collection. With just 1,492 made, this fruit brandy which is packaged in a totaled Baccarat crystal decanter comes with two tasting glasses. Cams Cuvee is a blend of five distinct and rare Eaux-de-vie originating from five separate cognac growing regions: Grand Champagne, Borderies, Petite Champagne, Bons Bois and Fins Bois. Each of these Eaux-de-vie comes with a minimum assured age: Fin Bois for instance, has a minimum guaranteed age of 22 years, while the Bons Bois Cognac boasts of a minimum guaranteed age of 37 years.
The taste produced is that of creamy and mellow vanilla, blended with tropical fruits, as well as full, rich accents underlined by the woody and spicy notes, and some hints of crystallized lemon. The finish of this cognac is tender, balanced and balanced. Released by Camus to celebrate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of spirits making, the Camus Cuvee is available in a limited version of 1492 bottles in the world and comes with a special price of $13,500.
7. Rémy Martin Black Pearl Louis XIII
Louis XIII is a cognac manufactured by Remy Martin, a firm owned and run by Rey Cointreau Group and its headquarters are located in Cognac, France. The name was carefully selected as a tribute to Louis XIII, the king of France who was the reigning monarch when the family of Remy Martin settled in the Cognac area. In fact, he was the first monarch to acknowledge cognac as an independent territory in the Eaux-de-vie domain.
Louis XIII cognac is manufactured in the Grande Champagne part of brandy, starting from the growing of grapes to the distillation process and the aging of the cognac. The final blend comprises of a maximum of 1,200 different Eaux-de-vie originating from vineyards of Grande Champagne, ranging between the age of 40 years and 100 years.
The origin of Louis XIII started with the establishment of the House in the early 1700s in the cognac area. After more than one century of manufacturing cognac, Paul-Emile Remy Martin took control of the company in 1841 and started selling the brandies produced by the House under his family name.
Remy Martin broke from the company tradition and started bottling the cognacs instead of selling them in barrels. In 1874, he started selling a combination of his best Grande Champagne cognacs packaged in a baroque decanter. While initially labeled “Grande Champagne Very Old – Age Unknown,” this specific blend along with its decanter changed to Black Pearl Louis XIII
This cognac comes with flavors of oak, creamy honey, chocolate, leather and spice, and just like other cognacs in this list, it was only released in a limited edition of 775 decanters. Packaged in a Baccarat crystal carafe with some thin layers of gold, carbon, and titanium, Black Pearl Louis XIII comes with a retail price tag of $16,000 but also goes up to $55,000 in some markets.
6. Remy Martin’s Louis XIII Grande Champagne Tres Vielle Age Inconnu
This cognac was owned by the grandfather of the supplier, who was a well-known doctor born in Italy. During the 2nd world war, he left Italy together with his family and settled in South America. This cognac was given as a gift to this doctor by one of his patients in the 1960s, and since then the bottles are in the proprietorship of the family.
The Baccarat crystal vessel holds Louis XIII Grande Champagne Vieille Age Inconnu cognac which dates back to mid-19th century, and it’s a crown gem of the House of Remy Martin. The bottle, certified by the cellar master Pierrette, was designed from many decanters that were used in 1938 as part of a high-class banquet in the presence of Queen Elizabeth and King George VI at the château de Versailles.
This decanter can be recognized as the Europe edition of the House of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Age Inconnu Baccarat Crystal before 1950. This particular type of carafe was designed for the European markets between 1946 and 1950 and can be recognized using the square label and the bottom engraving.
The The “Age Inconnu” is entirely the same blend as the “Louis XIII Rarest Reserve,” but the only difference is that Remy Martin utilized that name for all decanters sold outside the United States until 1962 while the company used the label Louis XIII on the United States’ market starting from 1936. In 1963 the label “Age Inconnu” was withdrawn and the cognac renamed “Louis XIII” worldwide.
As the highest grossing carafe of the House of Remy Martin, Louis XIII Grande Champagne Tres Vieille Age Inconnu was bought in 2013 during a private sale held in Hong Kong for a price of $44,630. Using young Eaux-de-vie, the House of Remy Martin has set high standards of taste with this blend, although several have taste notes that are available owing to the exclusivity of the cognacs.
5. 1762 Gautier Cognac
The 1762 Gautier Cognac decanter is one of the oldest, most popular and authentic vintage cognacs. In 1840, this cognac featured a wax seal, driven cork and a handwritten label entirely coated in cellar grime. The producers of this historic decanter of brandy have been in this business since the early 1700s. They received a royal permit from King Louis XV to manufacture Cognac, and they are still in the same region known as ‘Little Venice’ located in Charente, France. Recently, a carafe of this cognac was sold to an online bidder during a Bonhams auction of Cognac, Whisky, & Rare Spirits in New York at $59,500.
4. Cognac Brugerolle 1795
With a history which dates to the late 1700s, the Brugerolle Cognac family brand has been protected by being part of CDG (the Compagnie de Guyenne), created in 1969 by Cognac Meukow. Brugerolle Cognac was added in 1987 to the CDG, allowing all their cognacs to continue getting manufactured traditionally and sold using the Brugerolle label.
Brugerolle, 1795 radical French officers loved their drink. The Cognac Brugerolle 1795 was popular among the French officers and traveled with the army of Napoléon Bonaparte. Due to its recognition, this is the last bottle remaining worldwide.
This cognac was sold at an auction in 2012 for $149,943 taking the fourth position in the list of the most expensive cognacs of all time. The bottle is said to have been used by the famous Bonaparte as a commemoration drink whenever they are victorious in battle.
3. Croizet Cognac Leonie 1858
Although this cognac holds the current Guinness World Record as the most expensive cognac bottle, it only comes in the third position in this list. Selling in September 2011 in an auction for $156,760, Croizet Cognac Leonie 1858 is also a favorite pre-phylloxera blend and a carafe just like the one that was taken out of France in the World War II and used by President Eisenhower when planning the invasions D-day of Normandy. The taste of this unique cognac has the blend of fruity notes, roses, dried poppies, and some woody notes such as sandalwood and cedar
2. Hennessy Beaute du Siecle Cognac
This cognac is an excellent work, and it is among the most expensive brandies in the entire world. Hennessy Beaute du Siecle Cognac was made by blending some of the Hennessy’s rarest Eaux-de-vies. It was released in a limited edition of 100 items only and was created by Jean-Miche Othoniel, a French artist for Kilian Hennessy, a former manager of Hennessy between 1945 and 1975. Kilian Hennessy passed on in 2010 in Switzerland. The container of this cognac is made of aluminum and some bronze elements. The refined taste of this unique cognac echoes the trademark of Hennessy’s natural flavors, and it comes with a price tag of €179.400.
Hennessy Jas, the world-renowned Cognac manufacturer Hennessy, has a history that dates back to 1765 when Richard Hennessy started the firm. Formerly an Eaux-de-vie trading enterprise, Hennessy was later going to become one of the most successful Cognac exporters in the entire world. Currently, part of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group, the firm is still one of the most innovative companies dealing with cognacs around, forcing partnerships with new markets like the Hip Hop section in the United States. Its headquarters and estate are based in the well-known town of Cognac, Charente.
1. Henri IV Dugognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne
Popularly referred to as the DNA of Cognac, Henri IV Dugognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne is named in honor of King Henry IV and goes for almost two million dollars per bottle, taking the top spot for the most expensive cognac in history.
This cognac is more than a 100 years old, but most of its value is found in the bottle. The famous jewel artist Jose Davalos designed the crystal bottle and it featured more than 6000 dazzling cut diamonds and covered with 24K of gold dipped in sterling platinum. It weighs approximately 8 kilograms, and it is packed with 100cl of Heritage. It holds the present Guinness book of records as the most expensive carafe ever made: one million pounds.
This incredibly expensive cognac was first produced in the 18th century and later matured in oak barrels for over 100 years. This cognac was initially made in 1776 by the Dudognon family, the direct descendants of Henry IV and they have been in operation since then. The brandy comes from the Grande Champagne region of Cognac, in Lignières-Sonneville, where you find the best calcareous soils in Charente.