The world of Sir Ridley Scott

The legendary director speaks about the art of filmmaking and the “genius” of Hennessy X.O creation.

Sir Ridley Scott shares his vision of creativity
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“I’m good at creating worlds, that’s my punch,” Sir Ridley Scott said at a master class for the launch of his epic short, “The Seven Worlds”, heralding his return to advertising after a 15-year hiatus.

An atmospheric odyssey through the seven tasting notes in each drop of Hennessy X.O— depicted as individual worlds, populated by bronzed desert giants and forest spirits — the film has generated over 115 million views on social media. Introduced by Antoine Arnault, the legendary director described Hennessy X.O — originally created by Maurice Hennessy and Master Blender Emile Fillioux in 1870 as "cuvée spéciale" destined for their inner circle — as “a genius idea, a genius history, observes Ridley Scott.”

HENNESSY X.O

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.