Cognac that dates back a hundred years? A few of us have indeed had the pleasure of imbibing such liquid gold. But a cognac that has witnessed two centuries is quite something else; It is history in a bottle, and reminds you that while time is ephemeral, legacy isn’t.
It is Richard Hennessy.
And it was among both new and firm friends that bottles of the exceptional cognac was shared on 5 December 2019 at inventive modern restaurant Curate at Resorts World Sentosa. Hosted by Moet-Hennessy Asia Pacific’s Private Client Director Clementine Wee and A Magazine, the intimate affair cast a spotlight on trail-blazing vision, generational knowledge, and of course, joie de vivre.
Margaret Lee and George Tan
Laura Lim and Yang Tse Pin
Michelle Lim, Wendy Huang, Icemichelle Chen and Quinn Chen
Created as an homage to the founder of the House of Hennessy Cognac — established in 1765 — Richard Hennessy is a blend of more than 100 eaux-de-vie, of which, the earliest expression dates back to the early 19th century. It is said some of the eau-de-vie even hail from grape varieties that vanished in 1870 when phylloxera destroyed Cognac’s precious vines.
It is fitting then, that not only is the Richard Hennessy a creation of master blender Yann Filloux, the seventh generation in his family to craft Hennessy cognacs, but the amber spirit poured over the evening was also (fortuitously) enjoyed by several multi-generational families: nephews and their aunt, and even two sets of mothers and daughters.
And all would agree that the complexity of Richard Hennessy—with its notes of spice, nuts, leather, flowers and candied fruit — pairs surprisingly well with both A5 wagyu beef and chocolate cake alike. Give it a try. You’ll thank us.