Hennessy VSOP New Bottle Launch 2012

"Building The Future With Hennessy VSOP", that's the tagline for the latest new bottle and packaging designed for Hennessy by Chris Bangle, one of the great designers for BMW. I had the opportunity to attend the launch the other day, together with some really good food pairing with cognac tasting after that.

Hennessy V.S.O.P latest and greatest bottle
Hennessy V.S.O.P latest and greatest bottle

"Legends are shaped over time. The legend of Hennessy VSOP began on 7 October 1817, when the future King George IV of England asked the French cognac House to supply him with a special cognac described in the records with the words "Very Superior Old Pale"

Beautiful ladies unveiling the latest Hennessy VSOP bottles
Beautiful ladies unveiling the latest Hennessy VSOP bottles

 We were given a very detailed explanation by the master designer himself, as Chris Bangle picked up his electronic pencil and showed us why and what was changed in the designs. A couple of changes were made, being inspired by the Hennessy VSOP bottle created in 1954. A few points were explained out especially on the curves and design of this new bottle. 

Chris Bangle himself drawing on the electronic tablet while explaining to us the new design
Chris Bangle himself drawing on the electronic tablet while explaining to us the new design

Chris Bangle accentuated the curves on the sides of the bottle, reinforcing its silhouette's dynamics, then he lengthened its neck and straightened its shoulders, stretching it vertically.  The new bottle had an upward movement with an enriched base resembling a pedestal to distinguish itself uniquely while maintaining its stability. 

"Designing for Hennessy gave me the same sensations as working on designs for fast BMWs or a great Rolls Royce. It is the experience of a unique emotion," 
- Quoted from Chris Bangle

Chris Bangle introducing Hennessy VSOP's latest bottle design
Chris Bangle introducing Hennessy VSOP's latest bottle design

With a carefully designed optical effect, the front of the bottle is akin to a pyramid,  suggesting an upward vanishing point to draw the eye toward the top of the bottle, where Chris Bangle chose to engrave the legendary arm and axe of the Hennessy family into the glass itself. The symbolic Hennessy VSOP opal label is in dark grey ennobled with golden embossing. Personally I felt the box that came with the bottle was an art in itself, with hints of "black tie" and dragon-like symbolism. 

Hennessy ladies showcasing the Hennessy VSOP's new box that came with the bottle
Hennessy ladies showcasing the Hennessy VSOP's new box that came with the bottle

The box that the bottle comes in has also benefited from this renewal, giving its edges over to a more modern vision. Anti counterfeiting techniques for the Hennessy VSOP bottle were also developed which came in forms of laser stamp for the 35-cl, 70-cl and 3-litre bottles, and a rather complex hologram seal the cap ensuring product integrity.

Hennessy VSOP tasting session with food pairing
Hennessy VSOP tasting session with food pairing

What came next was rather nice, as we were all ushered to another sophisticated room for the Hennessy VSOP tasting session with food pairing. We were introduced to the food pairing experience by Olivier Paultes, a member of the Hennessy House's Tasting Committee. It was truly an informative session for me as I got to try out the different taste of Hennessy after being paired with 3 very different tasting fine food. 

Food pairing menu
Food pairing menu
The really professional Olivier Paultes from the Hennessy House Tasting Committee
The really professional Olivier Paultes from the Hennessy House Tasting Committee

I really liked the way the dishes were prepared, from the Scallop Trilogy, to the Wagyu Beef and the roasted Poultry with vegetables doused in VSOP cognac. Check out the below on what we had. There were various tastes involved, which was explained in depth by Olivier Paultes. 

Experience #1: Scallop Trinity: Scallop carpaccio, Scallop topped with toasted almonds and rice, Plain pan-seared scallop
Experience #1: Scallop Trinity: Scallop carpaccio, Scallop topped with toasted almonds and rice, Plain pan-seared scallop
Experience #2: Wagyu Beef tournedoes with candied ginger and sauteed shiitake mushrooms
Experience #2: Wagyu Beef tournedoes with candied ginger and sauteed shiitake mushrooms
Experience #3: Poultry, roasted with Casserole vegetables, ivory sauce with VSOP Cognac
Experience #3: Poultry, roasted with Casserole vegetables, ivory sauce with VSOP Cognac

Overall, it was a good launch, with the new bottle being introduced, one which I'm pretty sure will attract a bigger audience among the cognac loving community. Naturally, such an iconic cognac should be presented in a bottle whose curves signify the elegance of its content. After the initial modernization of the bottle in 1989, VSOP is moving resolutely into the 21st century, as can be seen in the work of designer Chris Bangle, a legendary figure in the automobile world. 




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18 comments :

  1. hahaha, cannot see any difference in the new bottle.. but nice scallop!! :p

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  2. Hmmmm...better keep all my old bottles - would be worth a fortune one day.

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  3. i...am only fancy with the wagyu...;P haha! I can see you guys had lots of fun that day!;D

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  4. wah, dun drink so much le :P eat more and drink more water lol

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  5. waa! got drinks, got leng lui, got nice food! jealous betul! =P

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  6. nice food beside nice liquor ^_^

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  7. indeed nice presentation..

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  8. wah... nice LUNCH!! ;)

    add another luxurious liquor... bet you were on cloud nine that day!!

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  9. guess we could get eating is the new drinking in the future lol The Re-launch of Friendster

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  10. guess eating is the new drinking in the future i mean LOL

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  11. I don't really see the difference too but the launch looked fun! :)

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  12. It was a great night! Nice meeting you finally. :)

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  13. woah..good food pairing some more..sure taste good!

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  14. the finger food was good and the 360 camera was a new thing i supposed. Other than that, drink all the Hennessy! :D

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  15. I'm more interested in the scallop and the wagyu beef LOL!

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  16. i love the poultrty in vsop cognac :) wondering what a twist of taste in it..

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