We love wine, but news that Renaud Fillioux de Gironde who has mastered the art of selection to become and 8th generation master blender is amazing news.
Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, marks an important milestone in its history by announcing Renaud Fillioux de Gironde as the 8th generation Master Blender. Renaud was recently appointed to the role after finishing a rigorous apprentissage under his uncle, 7th generation Master Blender Yann Fillioux. The passing of the Master Blender title and responsibilities continues a lineage that has remained unbroken for more than two centuries and is unique in the world of Cognac.
“As CEO and President of Hennessy, my obsession is to guarantee the excellence of Hennessy Cognacs just as my predecessors have done. After 15 years of preparation, Renaud, with the support of the experts of the Tasting Committee, is now a part of the Maison Hennessy’s future,” Bernard Peillon.
A 39-year-old Cognac native, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde has already completed a comprehensive journey at Hennessy. Previously the Winegrower Relations Manager, he has been groomed for the role of Master Blender by his uncle for more than fifteen years, mastering the art of selection.
In Cognac, Hennessy’s historic seat, Renaud Fillioux de Gironde followed in his predecessors’ footsteps by becoming a guarantor of eaux-de-vie’s excellence, ageing and quality. As the leader of the prestigious Tasting Committee, a group of in-house experts, the Master Blender samples and selects the best eaux-de-vie through daily tastings conducted with discipline and discernment. Only Hennessy has this multi-generational Tasting Committee, where each of its members is specialized in a facet of Cognac-making and appointed by in-house connoisseurs.
Renaud Fillioux de Gironde embodies the new generation of Master Blenders who know first-hand the issues winegrowers and wine-growing regions face, keeping up with technological evolution and making a point of being open to the world. He stands ready to enter the creative process without ever sacrificing quality and the long-term vision for the brand.
“I am very honored that Hennessy has entrusted me with this mission and I am also conscious of the responsibility I have been given as the 8th generation of Master Blenders in the Fillioux family,” says Renaud Fillioux de Gironde.
In 2017, the Maison Hennessy celebrates over two and half centuries of an exceptional adventure that has linked two families, the Hennessy’s and the Fillioux’s, for seven generations and spanned five continents. It began in the French region of Cognac, the seat from which the Maison has constantly passed down the best the land has to give, from one generation to the next. In particular, such longevity is thanks to those people, past and present, who have ensured Hennessy’s success both locally and around the world. Hennessy’s success and longevity are also the result of the values the Maison has upheld since its creation: unique savoir-faire, a constant quest for innovation, and an unwavering commitment to Creation, Excellence, Legacy, and Sustainable Development. Today, these qualities are the hallmark of a House – a crown jewel in the LVMH Group – that crafts iconic and prestigious Cognacs.
Hennessy is imported and distributed in the U.S. by Moët Hennessy USA. Hennessy distills, ages and blends spanning a full range: Hennessy V.S, Hennessy Black, V.S.O.P Privilège, X.O, Paradis, Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy. For more information and where to purchase/ engrave, please visit Hennessy.com