March 14, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: On Friday, March 13, during a special meeting dockside in La Rochelle, France, Ségolène Royal, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, U.S. Ambassador to France, Jane Hartley, senior executives from Hennessy Cognac, and Bruno Gravellier, Superintendant of the Hermione Frigate, along with other distinguished guests in attendance, witnessed the arrival of two large oak barrels containing a special 250th Anniversary blend of Cognac Hennessy. The two barrels were loaded on board the Hermione frigate, an exact replica of the original vessel that carried Lafayette to America in 1780. The full-scale, tall ships replica is poised to embark from its home part in nearby Rochefort in late April, reaching Yorktown in early June, its first of many ports of call on the US Eastern seaboard.
Here is the account and photograph from the Associated Press, dated April 13, 2015: “Hermione Sailing Lieutenant Antoine Faure, left, and Hermione Superintendent Bruno Gravellier sample Cognac as two barrels of Hennessy Cognac are loaded aboard of the frigate Hermione in La Rochelle, southwest France, Friday, March 13, 2015. The replica of the frigate Hermione, which, in 1780, allowed La Fayette to cross the Atlantic to America and join the American rebels in their struggle for independence aims to cross the Atlantic in April 2015 with two barrels of Cognac to be auctioned for the benefit of non profit organizations.” (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
For more information about the Hermione’s itinerary in the US, please visit: Itinerary Map