Hennessy V.S.O.P has annexed a stunning new carafe as part of their classic, legendary cognac that goes by the name of Kyrios, which means ‘Guardian of the Codes’ in Greek. Kyrios showcases the bottle’s new design by automobile designer Chris Bangle. It parades itself as an epitomisation of a true collector’s bottle and is the 3rd edition to the Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilege Collection which was launched in 2012. More than just a statement, it is an upheaval of a legend of class, exclusivity, and desirability in mind.
With a metamorphosis in its design, the bottle has a brilliant appeal with its enveloped matte carbon grey mantle, giving it the stop-and-stare factor. It is also embellished with copper grapes as a reminder of the brand’s ancestral savoir-faire and intricate craftsmanship of the blend. The label itself is now the very first 3D label to be used on a spirit bottle, adorning the preliminary 1817 – the time in which Hennessy V.S.O.P thrived itself as the superior cognac.
As a temperament of the ‘Guardian of the Codes’, the Kyrios is the key to the codes of the legendary world of Hennessy V.S.O.P. Here are some of the meanings of the codes and a guideline for you the next time you down a glass of the legendary cognac:
The grapes are the symbol of the vineyards. They refer to the grandeur of the House of Hennessy and the nobility of the product. They also refer to the ancestral savoir-faire, to the elaborate craftsmanship, and to the extreme care that is conferred to the creation of a high-quality product.
The “Bras Arme”
The emblematic “bras armé” reflects the long history of Hennessy. It has been part of the Hennessy seal for more than 2 centuries. Now engraved in the glass, it emphasizes the constant search of quality. This symbol of ambition adds more “substance” to the charisma by setting the spirit of conquest.
1817 is the date when the legend of Hennessy V.S.O.P began. On October 7th, 1817, the future King George IV of England asked the House of Hennessy to supply him with a special cognac. A blending that is described in the records with the words “Very Superior Old Pale”. This pale-coloured cognac, was the kind preferred at the time by the English, who were known for their appreciation of high-quality eaux de vie that age well while keeping a light robe. The prince’s request was precise. This cognac was supposed to be developed with a finely balanced structure. But for James Hennessy, who received the order, nothing was impossible.
The Copper Colour
The new colours of this collector are meant to pay tribute to the heritage of Hennessy V.S.O.P. They add more elegance and style to the carafe. The copper colour is a reminder of the pot stills. This deep tint evokes centuries of distillation. As for the startling carbon-grey colour, it holds two dimensions. A technical one, currently used in the automobile industry, mostly for fast concept cars. It also expresses an artistic dimension: Carbon was the canvas on which Chris Bangle used to express his art.
The New Silhouette
Today’s new silhouette, a reinterpretation of the original iconic V.S.O.P bottle from 1954, has been recently designed by the automobile designer Chris Bangle. First, he slightly accentuated the curves on the sides of the carafe, reinforcing its silhouette’s dynamics, then he lengthened its neck and straightened its shoulders, stretching it vertically. Chris Bangle has also chosen to confirm this upward movement with an enriched base resem- bling a pedestal to distinguish the whole with a certain opulence while maintaining its stability. With a carefully designed optical effect, the front of the carafe evokes a pyramid perspective, discrete but structured, suggesting an upward vanishing point as if a vertical thrust is about to raise it toward the heavens.
The Hennessy V.S.O.P. Kyrios will be available in Malaysia from 28 January onwards, exclusively at selected Jusco & Chinese restaurants nationwide, and will debut in all major clubs and entertainment outlets this March. For more details and information, please visit www.fb.com/hennessymalaysia.