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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 Cognac is crafted using a blend of eaux-de-vie from the Grande and Petite Champagne regions. Around 20 different eaux-de-vie make their way into this expression, resulting in a flavour…  More info

Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
16
$55.11
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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
4
$158.41

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
5
$41.56
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Hine Bonneuil 2008

70cl, 42.7%

A single estate Grande Champagne Cognac from legendary Cognac house Hine. The 2008 vintage Bonneuil was drawn from just 16 refill French oak barrels, so this bottling will provide a rare opportunity…  More info

Hine Bonneuil 2008
$89.21

H by Hine VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

A gift pack from the brilliant Hine, packed with a bottle of its H by Hine VSOP Cognac and two Hine Ball glasses! See what they did there? For making a Highball with... Oh, you got it. Never mind.  More info

H by Hine  VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$43.08

Hine Rare VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%

Cognac connoisseurs, check this out! It's a gift pack from the wonderful Hine, containing a bottle of its Rare VSOP Cognac alongside two very elegant tasting glasses. Just the thing if you wanted to…  More info

Hine Rare VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$65.14

Hine Bonneuil 2010

70cl, 42.1%

Hine's Bonneuil Series continues with this 2010 vintage, made with grapes from the 80 hectare Bonneuil estate! The maison noted that 2010 was a particularly impressive vintage, and just 450 bottles…  More info

Hine Bonneuil 2010
$93.53

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
$97.61

Hine Bonneuil Vintage Trio

60cl, 42.8%

A tremendous trio of vintage expressions from legendary Cognac house Hine's Bonneuil collection. This set includes a 200ml bottle each of Hine Bonneuil 2005, Hine Bonneuil 2006, and Hine Bonneuil…  More info

Hine Bonneuil Vintage Trio
$100.24

H by Hine VSOP Double Magnum

300cl, 40%

A most impressive bottle of H by Hine VSOP Cognac, it's a double magnum of the stuff! The popular brandy is a blend of over 12 Grande and Petite Champagne eaux-de-vie, with the youngest having been…  More info

H by Hine VSOP Double Magnum
$195.57

Hine VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses - 1980s

68cl, 40%

This collectible bottle of Hine VSOP Fine Champagne Coganc is from the 1980s, and comes with two very round brandy glasses. You can still find the brand today, and though the label is different, the…  More info

Hine VSOP Gift Pack with 2x Glasses - 1980s
$180.53

Hine Antique XO - 100th Anniversary Edition

70cl, 40%

This limited edition bottling of Hine Antique XO was released to celebrate the expression's 100th anniversary! Back in 1920, Hine Antique XO was first made by Georges Hine, and it continues to be…  More info

Hine Antique XO - 100th Anniversary Edition

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