Progress is, no one can deny, a good thing. But at the risk of bemoaning the fact that technology is removing the human touch from our world, we have mixed thoughts about the opening of the new gigantic Hennessy bottling plant in the heart of the Cognac countryside.
It could be an airport! It’s enormous. Covering 26,000sq m in Pont Neuf just outside of the town of Cognac, the building was 2 years in the making and cost LMVH (the parent company of Hennessy) multi-millions to create. And forget just the building itself; the complete site covers an eye-wateringly massive 30 hectares (74 acres).
The plant was proudly inaugurated at the end of October 2017 by Chairman and CEO of LMVH, Bernard Arnault, along with newly appointed Moet Hennessy CEO, Philippe Schaus, President of Hennessy Cognac, Bernard Pellion, and the Secretary of State to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne. The all-men lineup itself has a little bit of a bad aftertaste in our view.
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