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Hine

Hine Cognac dates back as far as 1791, when a young Thomas Hine left his native Dorset to learn the secrets of how Cognac was made. Inspired by his father’s love of the tipple, he timed his intrepid adventure hilariously poorly and found himself fleeing the French Revolution, before eventually being imprisoned for several months at the Château de Jarnac. That’s not actually that funny, to be honest.

Fortune favours the bold, however, and not only did Hine find himself imprisoned in the middle of Cognac country, in an established Cognac house, he also found himself in the good company of Françoise-Elisabeth, the daughter of his hosts. He went on to marry her (downright cheeky, if you ask me), but he assumed the family business from her father and gave it his own name in 1817.

Since that dramatic arrival to the Château de Jarnac estate, Thomas Hine & Co has seen six generations of the Hine family succeed one another as head of the company. Yet, its greatest honour was surely bestowed in 1962, when the House of Hine was awarded a Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. To this day Hine remains the only official supplier of Cognac to the British monarchy.

Hine has long made an individual Cognac through a careful, traditional distillation process, complemented by rigorous grape selection and extended ageing in seasoned oak barrels. The pairing of the native ugni blanc (trebbiano) grapes, teaming with exclusive flavours produced by the chalk and limestone soil, with Hine’s two trusted crus, the Grande Champagne and the Petite Champagne, help create a particular style and distinct mode of expression.

The maturation of Hine Cognac also benefits from the insistence to preserve this local, familiar approach. By housing its cellar two metres below the level of the close River Charente, Hine allows high humidity to naturally engineer the conditions that lend the aging process of this Cognac to develop greater complexity and structure. With rich aromas, pronounced oak and the highly sought ‘rancio’ characteristic, Hine makes Cognac reminiscent of the early incarnations so romantically cherished in France.

As a singular distiller of Cognac, Hine doesn’t simply rely on one method, however, and is known to employ an additional trademark strategy; aging vintage casks in cellars in Bristol, England. This alternative maturation process produces what is known as ‘early-landed’ Cognacs. A relatively constant, low temperature is pitted against the high humidity to induce early landed editions that will posses more delicate and light oak and fruit notes. The character is rounded by an aroma that speaks more to fresh flowers and orange peel - evocative of the traditional Cognac.

To have created and sustained such a legacy is ultimately the result of Hine committing themselves to the seemingly simple idea that a great Cognac is above all a great white wine. The emphasis on focusing on smaller quantity for a higher standard of quality is a Hine trademark that has served them, and their enthusiasts, very well. I defy you not to try one.

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac

70cl, 40%

Hine Rare VSOP is a blend of Grande and Petite Champagnes (60% is the former). This is what's known as a Fine Champagne. The cognac is aged from between 6 and 12 years, with most being around 8 years…  More info

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
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$50.27
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Hine Antique XO Premier Cru

70cl, 40%

A new addition to the Hine range, the classic Antique is now "Premier Cru". Before it was a Fine Champagne (a blend of cognacs from both the Grande and Petite Champagne regions) now it is just…  More info

Hine Antique XO Premier Cru
3
$135.35
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Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

Full bodied, spicy and muscular, this vintage HINE Cognac comes from 1985 when the sunny weather ran right through into the harvest. HINE only set aside casks for vintage releases in exceptional…  More info

Hine 1985 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$305.47
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Hine 1989 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

A single estate Grande Champagne Cognac from the excellent Hine and the singular 1989 Vintage, a harvest that benefited from a hot summer (some reports claim the hottest since 1949) and so produced…  More info

Hine 1989 Grande Champagne Cognac
$264.20

Hine Bonneuil 2005

70cl, 43%

A single estate 2005 vintage Cognac from Hine, made with grapes taken exclusively from their own vineyards in the Grande Champagne region, showing off the personality of the terroir and the harvest.…  More info

Hine Bonneuil 2005
$93.40
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Hine Triomphe

70cl, 40%

The Triomphe expression from the Hine House of Cognac is an exquisite combination of over 50 very well-aged, carefully chosen Cognacs from the Grande Champagne region. A superbly presented, expertly…  More info

Hine Triomphe
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$481.85
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Hine 10 Year Old Cognac

100cl, 41.8%

An intriguing Travel Retail bottling from the House of Hine. This expression was crafted with eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne region, aged for 10 years in their cellars in Jarnac, as well as…  More info

Hine 10 Year Old Cognac
$87.51
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Hine Bonneuil 2006

70cl, 42.8%

A second vintage of this single estate Grande Champagne Cognac from the excellent Hine, taken from a very small number of selected casks - for the 2006 vintage, only 19 barrels were used, all of…  More info

Hine Bonneuil 2006
$86.74
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Hine 8 Year Old Cognac

100cl, 42.1%

Cognac with an age statement isn't a particularly common sight, but we're always very interested when we get our hands on a bottle sporting one front and centre - just like this Travel Retail…  More info

Hine 8 Year Old Cognac
$73.16

Hine VSOP - 1980s

100cl, 40%

A fantastic bottle of Hine VSOP from the 1980s. Collectible and rare.  More info

Hine VSOP - 1980s
$260.40

Hine 1986 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

Providing another good reason to adore Hine Cognac, this Early Landed (which means it was matured in the UK after an initial few months in Jarnac) was stored in Hine's vintage casks in its cellars in…  More info

Hine 1986 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$542.50

Hine 1990 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

Hine 1990 Grande Champagne is a vintage Cognac made from grapes sourced solely in the Grande Champagne region. The harvest of 1990 produced rich and delicate grapes, in a very hot summer, dotted with…  More info

Hine 1990 Grande Champagne Cognac
$260.40

Hine 1976 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

From the revered Hine, this single estate Grande Champagne Cognac is from the 1976 Vintage - a very hot year which produced soft, ripe wines of remarkable finesse and complexity.  More info

Hine 1976 Grande Champagne Cognac
$705.23

Hine 1984 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

Early Landed Cognac is fascinating stuff - the first few moths of maturation are spent in Jarnac in the Cognac region before the casks are transported to a cellar in the UK, Bristol in this case.…  More info

Hine 1984 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$471.76

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

Distilled in 1981, and brought for ageing in cellars in Bristol, England, this Early Landed cognac from Hine harkens back to the old days of brandy. Very subtle and well balanced. A lesson in harmony…  More info

Hine 1981 Early Landed - Grand Champagne Cognac
$488.19

Hine 1987 Early Landed

70cl, 40%

An Early Landed 1987 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac from the much-adored House of Hine, released in early 2017 (alongside a non-Early Landed edition). Hine have a tradition of ageing a proportion of…  More info

Hine 1987 Early Landed
$456.14

Hine Napoléon Extra Fine Cognac - 1982

70cl, 40%

This is a bottle of Hine Napoléon Extra Fine Cognac, produced in 1982. It comes alongside a presentation box showing the man himself, Napoléon, doing a wheelie on a horse.  More info

Hine Napoléon Extra Fine Cognac - 1982
$234.36

Hine VSOP - 1987

100cl, 40%

A 1 litre(!) bottle of Hine VSOP from the 1980s. Perfect for when you have fancy guests round for dinner and drinks. A lot of fancy guests.  More info

Hine VSOP - 1987
$325.50

Hine Mariage

70cl, 40%

The Hine Mariage expression was created in 1991 in celebration of the 200th wedding anniversary of Thomas Hine and Françoise Elisabeth (that's three-and-a-bit diamond anniversaries, in case you were…  More info

Hine Mariage
$1,633.44

Hine VSOP Liqueur Cognac - 1970s

68cl, 40%

VSOP Cognac from renowned producer, Hine. We believe this rare bottle was made all the way back in the 1970s.  More info

Hine VSOP Liqueur Cognac - 1970s
$234.36

Hine VSOP Cognac 1L (Boxed) - 1970s

100cl, 40%

This is a 1 litre bottle of Hine VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. This comes presented in its original (and very fashionable) box. Vertical stripes will always be a great look. This bottle was…  More info

Hine VSOP Cognac 1L (Boxed) - 1970s
$312.48

Hine 1983 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

Another fine effort from respected folk at Hine, this single estate Grande Champagne Cognac comes from the interesting 1983 Vintage. A good and reliable year, its efforts tend to be somewhat…  More info

Hine 1983 Grande Champagne Cognac
$509.93

H by Hine VSOP

70cl, 40%

A VSOP from Hine. H is a blend of around over a dozen Grande and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie with the youngest in the blend being aged for at least 4 years.  More info

H by Hine VSOP
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$39.42

Hine 1988 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

From the much-adored House of Hine, this Grande Champagne Cognac was released in late 2017, following distillation in 1988, which is of course the year when Die Hard came out. A pretty brilliant time…  More info

Hine 1988 Grande Champagne Cognac
$303.79
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Hine Vielle Fine Champagne Cognac - 1970s

68cl, 40%

The Cognac cognoscenti among us will be excited to see this bottle of Hine Vielle Fine Champagne Cognac from the 1970s. It even says "Antique" on the label so we don't have to. Handy. This bottle…  More info

Hine Vielle Fine Champagne Cognac - 1970s
$260.40
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