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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.

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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$41.10

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
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$50.01

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
$98.76
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Hine Homage to Thomas Hine

70cl, 40%

A wonderful blend of Early Landed cognacs (a traditional method of maturing cognac - it is exported prior to maturation - thus the name - and is aged in cellars in the UK - Bristol to be precise) as…  More info

Hine Homage to Thomas Hine
$116.81

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
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$132.94

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
$184.61

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
$467.69

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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$494.06
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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
$75.01

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 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
$88.95

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
$89.72

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

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 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
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$95.77

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. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just…  More info

Hine VSOP Liqueur Cognac - 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 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
$200.24

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 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

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 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 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 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
$226.94

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

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