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Les Visites Hennessy has partnered with prestigious Chocolaterie Duceau in nearby Angoulême to revisit a classic and create chocolates made with Hennessy X.O cognac, one of our most emblematic blends.


United by shared values of excellence and craftsmanship, the two Charentais houses joined forces to offer a new tasting experience available exclusively in Cognac. A complement to the "Hennessy X.O" guided tour and tasting, it also may be discovered at the Hennessy X.O Bar at the Cognac Boutique, where 24- or 36-piece gift boxes of dark or milk chocolates are available for purchase.


Master Chocolatier Jean-Christophe Crosnier has been at the helm of the historic Chocolaterie Duceau in Angoulême for two decades. Here, he offers a balanced pairing of two products that are distinctive for their complexity and aromatic intensity, with a ganache made from a blend of cocoa beans sourced in Madagascar and Ghana, and a caramel subtly infused with Hennessy X.O. cognac.


"The assertive character of Hennessy X.O and its finely spiced notes of candied fruit, cocoa, vanilla and tobacco form a harmony that marries perfectly with the roundness of the chocolate," observes Hennessy Master Blender Renaud Fillioux de Gironde.


Founded by Jules Duceau in 1896, the chocolate shop that still bears his name sits in the center of Angoulême, in a building that is now listed as a historic monument. In 1994, Jean-Christophe Crosnier, a master chocolate-maker who had honed his craft at Fauchon and Pierre Hermé in Paris, and his wife acquired the business. Ever true to his predecessors' standards of quality and craftsmanship, he demonstrates his passion and creative talent every season.


Hennessy X.O chocolates are available exclusively at the Hennessy Boutique in Cognac, in gift boxes of 24 or 36 pieces (€38 / €48 inc. VAT), in dark or milk chocolate, through the end of April and again starting in November 2024. They are also available for tasting as part of our "Hennessy X.O" guided tour and at the Boutique's Hennessy X.O Bar.

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For further information about purchasing chocolates, please contact our Cognac Boutique by email at

For more information about Hennessy X.O guided tours, experiences and gift vouchers, please visit our "Experiences" pages or contact us via / tel: +33 5 45 36 06 44.

Hennessy X.O 

In 1870, Maurice Hennessy created Hennessy X.O for his circle of friends and introduced a new style of cognac.  Hennessy X.O is the Original, the emblematic icon of the Hennessy Maison. 
Deep and powerful, the eaux-de-vie of this Hennessy X.O cognac are aged in young barrels and marked out by their power and energy, but also by their capacity to achieve a great roundness through time.
Our Tasting Committee has explored every facet of the blend and identified several emotions that were assimilated to an Odyssey through 7 chapters: 

  • Sweet Notes: The palate is warmly embraced by flavors of candied fruit.
  • Rising Heat: The intriguing sensation of an intense, rising heat slowly reveals the complex taste of eaux-de-vie patiently aged in oak barrels.
  • Spicy Edge: Perception of a strong spicy cognac note, tantalising the lips and palate with its distinct peppery flavor intertwined with a hint of chocolate. 
  • Flowing Flame: A wave of warmth grows, crests and then breaks. A robust presence, full and voluptuous, is felt. 
  • Chocolate Lull: There is the gradual discovery of something very familiar. It is the well-rounded flavor of a rich, dark chocolate.
  • Wood Crunches: A striking sensation is suddenly felt – the vigorous ebb and flow of oak notes interlaced with vanilla.
  • Infinite Echo: The evanescent oak notes leave a long, omnipresent finish in their wake. Seemingly endless, it echoes all of the subtleties of each taste and sensation that has preceded it.