In 1895, Maurice Hennessy, the great grandson of the founder, Richard Hennessy, was the first to systematically classify cognacs. He awarded a varying number of stars to designate the different quality levels. Thus was born the House of Hennessy's first Three Star cognac, better known today as VS. Aged up to eight years, the cognacs are brought to maturity in immaculate new Limousin French oak casks. Hennessy VS is a fine blend of more than 40 different eaux-de-vie.