The House of Hardy was founded in 1863 by Scottish wine and spirits dealer Anthony Hardy. Mr, Hardy had been travelling for years back and forth from his native Scotland to the Charente on business before deciding to finally settle in Cognac to open a distillery. The House of Hardy became one of a long line of cognac houses founded by expatriates. The House of Hardy, like August and Karl Meukow exported cognac to Czarist Russia.

The House of Hardy is run today by Bénédicte Hardy, the fifth generation of Hardy Cognac makers.

The House of Hardy produces a wide range of quality cognacs, including Hardy VS, Hardy VSOP, Hardy XO, Hardy XO Rare Hardy Noces d’ Argent and Noces d’ Argent, Noces d’ Pearl, Noces de Diamant and Noces de d’Albâtre (all crafted from a blend of eaux-de-vie aged thirty, fifty & sixty years).

Hardy’s ultimate luxury cognac, launched in 1981 is Perfection Lumiere.

Hardy’s Perfection Lumiere cognac was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Expensive Cognac. (the most expensive Cognac as of 2017 is a bottle of Croizet Cognac “Cuvée Leonie” 1858 – a pre Phylloxera Cognac that sold for 1,000,000 Swiss Francs (£101,293.75).

Hardy also produces an organic VSOP cognac.

Hardy’s symbol is the rooster which adorns the bottles of its VS and VSOP cognacs.


142, rue Basse de Crouin
16100 Cognac – France
T. +33 (0)5 45 82 59 55


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