The four disciples: Hennessy Artistry headliners visit Cognac


by Yemi Olowu

A week after releasing the theme song for Hennessy Artistry 2011, eLDee, Jesse Jagz and Banky W embarked on a scheduled trip to Cognac, France on September 5, 2011.   The artistes were treated to “The Hennessy Heritage Experience” alongside Chocolate City’s MI who has worked closely with Hennessy in the past.

“This is really our way of giving these artistes a unique one on one experience with Hennessy Cognac” Communications Manager Tokini Peterside told journalists. While in France, these artistes were treated to a night in Chateau de Bagnolet- a private chateau in Cognac belonging to the Hennessy Family. Banky W, eLDee, Jesse Jagz and MI joined the likes of Common, The Roots and Alexander Burke on the list of prestigious guests at the exclusive Hennessy chateau.

“We were welcomed at the Chateau de Bagnolet by the Hennessy Ambassador, Cyrille Gautier Auriol. It was a big one for me knowing that noteworthy guests like Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and others have also been hosted there before”  Banky W says, and continues “We went through the Vineyard, where we were made to understand the difference between the grape varieties chosen and used during Hennessy production, after which we returned to the Chateau de Bagnolet where we mixed our special Hennessy Concoctions with the assistance of a mixologist.”

For further details on Hennessy Artistry 2011, or to catch up with the headliners and the upcoming events, check out


With the Hennessy Ambassador in the Distillery

The headliners blending their own Cognac
Special Blends of Cognac Individually Made by MI, Banky, Eldee and Jesse
On the train from Paris to Cognac at 7am- Banky W and eLDee

MI, eLDee, Banky W and Jesse Jagz with a Barrel dating back to 1934

Expert Mixologist,Tony with Banky W
eLDee, Banky W, Jesse Jagz and MI at a live demonstration in the Barrel Making Factory










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