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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 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

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

Hine 1982 Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

Just imagine getting to explore the cellars of the House of Hine and try Cognac from single vintages. We reckon it'll like taste a bit like this - a single vintage Hine Grande Champagne Cognac,…  More info

Hine 1982 Grande Champagne Cognac
$335.36

Hine 1983 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac

70cl, 40%

An Early Landed Cognac, meaning that after just a few months maturing in Jarnac the casks used were transported to a cellar in the UK where conditions are cooler, with high humidity and more constant…  More info

Hine 1983 Early Landed - Grande Champagne Cognac
$313.14

Hine VSOP Cognac 1L - 1970s

100cl, 40%

An impressively shiny antique 1 litre bottle of Hine VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. Ought to be a great addition to your Cognac collection. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Hine VSOP Cognac 1L - 1970s

Hine Rare & Delicate 1L - post 1999

100cl, 40%

This is a rare bottle of Hine Rare & Delicate Cognac, which we reckon was produced post 1999. Interestingly, at some point after 1999, this expression became what we know now as their VSOP…  More info

Hine Rare & Delicate 1L - post 1999
$220.69

Hine 1987

70cl, 40%

1987 vintage Grande Champagne Cognac from the magnificent Hine, released in early 2017 alongside an Early Landed edition. The 1987 growing season was somewhat tumultuous, with a very cold winter,…  More info

Hine 1987
$283.51

Hine 3 Star - 1963

68cl, 40%

Have a Cognac enthusiast in your life that was born in 1963? Then they might just be interested in this rare antique bottle of Hine 3 Star Cognac, which was produced in that very same year!  More info

Hine 3 Star - 1963

Hine VSOP Cognac 68cl - 1970s

68cl, 40%

A nice bottle of HINE VSOP Cognac dating from the 1970s.  More info

Hine VSOP Cognac 68cl - 1970s

Hine 3 Star Cognac (1L) - 1970s

100cl, 40%

A 1 litre bottling of 3 Star Cognac from the excellent Hine House, produced in the 1970s. These days, 3 Star Cognac is referred to as VS. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Hine 3 Star Cognac (1L) - 1970s

Hine 3 Star Cognac 50cl - 1970s

50cl, 40%

Presented in the this handy 'flask shaped' 50cl bottle, the three stars on the label demote that this Cognac from top producer Hine was matured for at least two years. It probably dates from the…  More info

Hine 3 Star Cognac 50cl - 1970s

Hine 3 Star Cognac - 1970s

68cl, 40%

A 1970s bottling of Hine 3 Star Cognac - which you're more likely to see listed as VS these days. An awesome piece of history, this is.  More info

Hine 3 Star Cognac - 1970s

Hine Antique

70cl, 40%

An enjoyable cognac from Hine, blended from 40 eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions. This "antique" bottling was matured for at least 15 years.  More info

Hine Antique
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Hine 1961 Grande Champagne

70cl, 40%

Boasting oodles of fig and marmalade notes, this is a fabulous vintage Cognac, distilled in 1961 using nothing but grapes from the premier Grande Champagne region of Cognac. A beautiful spirit from…  More info

Hine 1961 Grande Champagne

Hine 1985 Grande Champagne - The Caledonian Club

70cl, 40%

A stunning 1985 vintage cognac from top producers Hine. This was brought over to England in 1989, where it was aged in British cellars before bottling in 2004. Brilliant.  More info

Hine 1985 Grande Champagne - The Caledonian Club

Hine Signature - 1980s

70cl, 40%

A 1980s bottling of Hine Signature, made from grapes grown in the Petit Champagne. Funnily enough, the bottle does actually feature a signature of Thomas Hine. Neat!  More info

Hine Signature - 1980s

Hine Très Vielle Fine Champagne Cognac - 1970s

70cl, 40%

Antique Hine Cognac! Look, it even says it on the box! This handsome bottle was made in the 1970s and even comes with the original presentation box.  More info

Hine Très Vielle Fine Champagne Cognac - 1970s

Hine 1914 Grande Champagne Cognac

75cl, 40%

An extraordinary piece of history here. 1914 is known as the 'Ladies Vintage', as the outbreak of war meant that women did much of the distilling that year. Subsequently brought over to the UK on…  More info

Hine 1914 Grande Champagne Cognac

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
$1,628.68

Hine Napoleon Extra Fine Cognac - 1982

70cl, 40%

This is a rare bottle of Hine Napoleon Extra Fine Cognac, produced in 1982 and accompanied by a box that features the hat-wielding, horse-riding chap himself. In very good condition indeed - a great…  More info

Hine Napoleon Extra Fine Cognac - 1982

Hine Grande Champagne - 1914

70cl, 40%

This is a bottle of 1914 Hine Grande Champagne - an incredible antique with some rather interesting history behind it. 1914 is a notable year as it is known as the 'Ladies Vintage', as the outbreak…  More info

Hine Grande Champagne - 1914

Hine Napoléon Extra Fine Cognac - 1981

100cl, 40%

A very collectible 1 litre bottling of Hine Napoléon Cognac, presented with a box that shows the man himself, riding a horse in what seems to a very dangerous fashion. One hand in the air like he…  More info

Hine Napoléon Extra Fine Cognac - 1981

Hine VSOP Cognac - 1970s

70cl, 40%

An antique bottle of Hine VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. It is rather dusty, like what you might expect from something which was rescued from the Jaws of Time. The dusty, dusty Jaws of…  More info

Hine VSOP Cognac - 1970s

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