Vintage Expressions & Early Landed Bottlings Complement A Sophisticated Range Of Traditional Cognacs
From England To France
Back in 1550, the Hine family lived in Beaminster, Dorset, on the south coast of England. The family's great cognac journey was to begin in the 18th century: Thomas Hine, a linen merchant, decided to send his son Thomas (one of 11 children) to France to learn French and the art of making cognac. At age 16, left his family home and headed for France, setting foot in Nantes in 1791. He then traveled to Bordeaux, where he stayed for a while before continuing to Jarnac, a small town just east of Cognac. Since 1763, Jarnac had been the base for the négociant's premises where Thomas was to create his father's favorite cognac. Not long after his arrival, Thomas Hine made the acquaintance of Elisabeth, the daughter of a famous cognac négociant, and fell in love. In 1796, at the age of 21, Thomas married Elisabeth and went on to have four children.
The Hine Family Legacy Begins
Thomas Hine earned a reputation for being a serious, hard worker, and his in-depth knowledge of finance and business, good commercial sense, and French and English skills gave him special status. He expanded what was to become the traditional business of the HINE company: making bespoke cognacs for English wine merchants. When his father-in-law died, his mother-in-law chose Thomas — rather than one of her own sons — to take charge of the family cognac business. In 1817, Thomas gave his name to the company: Thomas Hine & Co. Just five years later he died of pneumonia at the age of 47, 30 years after he first arrived in Jarnac. His eldest son, Thomas Georges, just old enough to take over the reins of the company, succeeded him, thus continuing the extraordinary story of the Hine family and HINE cognac.
Innovating With Cognac
Robert Hine, fifth generation (and father to Bernard Hine, the current HINE honorary chairman) worked alongside his father in the company during the 1930's. Robert and his brother François led HINE to start shipping cognacs in bottles. Such commercial decisions were made in the inner family circle, and the young Bernard remembers his grandfather's opposition to this progressive idea. But Robert and François decided to go ahead and bottle HINE's young cognacs: after all, the trend had been set by Thomas back in 1821 when he shipped glass flasks of cognac to England, long before bottling had become the norm.
The Royal Warrant
In 1962, HINE was appointed official cognac supplier to HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England. The Royal Warrant is granted for five years and every five years HINE has been honored to have the Warrant renewed. As a Royal Warrant holder, HINE may display the royal arms and the legend "by appointment" on products and advertising.
In response to growing demand for a cocktail-friendly cognac, Eric Forget, HINE's Cellar Master, collaborated with the French Bartenders Association to create H by HINE. The selection is a harmonious blend of 20 cognacs from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, all aged a minimum of four years. 40% ABV
Spring-like, vibrant, refreshing.
Bouquet: Intense nose of flowers, jasmine and mild spices
Palate: Lively notes of fresh apricot and yellow fruits
Finis: Expressive and velvety
- ★★★ Recommended - F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal
A Fine Champagne blend of over 25 cognacs. More than 50% are from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne, and the remainder are from the Petite Champagne. 40% ABV
Harmonious and delicate.
Bouquet: Candied apricot, ripe peaches, honey, fresh orange, roasted apples
Palate: No wood flavors, broad aromatic profile and velvety mouthfeel
Finish: Smooth and long
- Finalist, 95 Points, Great Value - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2016
- 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast, 2012
- ★★★★ Highly Recommended - F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal
Eric Forget, HINE's Cellar Master, created Homage to honor Thomas Hine. The selection is a unique blend of three Early Landed Grande Champagne vintage cognacs (1984, 1986, 1987) matured in oak casks in the United Kingdom, together with some extra old cognacs aged in HINE's cellars in Jarnac. The cognacs used come primarily from grapes picked in Grande Champagne, blended with a few exceptional Petite Champagne cognacs. All are aged for a minimum of 10 years. 40% ABV
- "My new favourite example is the hot-off-the-press Hine Homage, a tongue-tinglingly delicious blend of early-landed 1984, 1986 and 1987 vintage Cognacs. Don't waste it in a cocktail, but enjoy a double measure in the swankiest of brandy balloons." - Jonathan Ray, GQ UK
In 1920, Georges Hine created Antique, a complex and stunning cognac. Ninety years later, HINE reinterprets this timeless classic, now made from a blend of over 40 cognacs all aged a minimum of 10 years, exclusively from grapes grown in Grande Champagne. 40% ABV
The Grande Champagne eaux de vie that compose Triomphe are unique. They were selected and put aside 50 to 60 years ago especially for the Triomphe blend due to their exceptional complexity, finesse and delicacy. Triomphe is an outstanding blend of over 50 selected rare cognacs, exclusively from the Grande Champagne district. 40% ABV
- Best Cognac in the World - International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2005
In 1991, to honor the marriage of his illustrious ancestors Thomas and Elisabeth, Bernard Hine created this unique Grande Champagne cognac. He designed an elegant decanter with Baccarat, one of the world's most prestigious makers of fine crystal, to dress this special cognac. He called his creation "Mariage de Thomas Hine." The HINE Mariage Cognac is a unique blend of 12 different Grande Champagne cognacs from the years 1921 to 1959. 40% ABV
Talent de Thomas Hine was created in 1991 by Bernard and Jacques Hine, the great-great-great-great-grandsons of Thomas Hine, to celebrate the bicentennial of their ancestor's arrival in France. They selected one of their most prestigious cognacs for this occasion. These precious elixirs required an equally precious presentation, and so they called upon master artisans—who, like themselves, had inherited a centuries-old tradition. The result is Talent. Offered in a custom, hand-numbered Baccarat crystal decanter in a hand-crafted humidor case made from Macassar ebony from India and Honduran mahogany, accompanied by four pure crystal tulip glasses created by Bernard Hine. 40% ABV
This Grande Champagne cognac was distilled in 1953 and was set aside in the family reserve cellar by Francois & Robert Hine. It is now being released in celebration of HINE's 250th anniversary. The decanter and presentation case was designed by Andree & Oliva Putnam. 40% ABV
With Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2005, HINE has created a cognac collection full of great promise in the purest HINE style: refined, fruity, delicate and rich. Its provenance from a single cru – Grande Champagne – and a single harvest from the HINE estate, ensure the perfect expression of an outstanding terroir through carefully selected grapes. This quality commitment echoes the requirement needed in the conception of great wines. Bonneuil 2005 is the first expression of a collection of successive harvests from Domaines HINE. For each year, a careful selection will be made to create a new addition to the collection – unless, of course, the quality of the harvest does not fully meet HINE's highly exacting standards. Only 18 casks of Bonneuil 2005 were selected for bottling. 43% ABV
- Double Gold Medal, Spirit of the Year - Sommelier Challenge, 2015
- 93 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2015
- Silver Medal - WSWA Tasting Competition, 2015
Single vintage cognacs are an exception and a great rarity. From the very beginning, HINE developed an excellent reputation and tradition of producing single-vintage cognacs exclusively from Grande Champagne. Today, HINE is one of a very rare few who continue this tradition. In an exceptional year, HINE Cellar Master Eric Forget may decide to set aside a few casks of Grande Champagne cognacs to be aged as single vintages. Approximately 20 years later, each of these will be each be a unique masterpiece and a piece of history. Comparing and contrasting different years, aging conditions and the length of the aging periods is a part of the pleasure of discovering HINE Vintages. HINE ships some of its single vintage cognacs to the United Kingdom after they have spent several months aging in new oak barrels in Jarnac. These are known as HINE's Early Landed Cognacs. In the UK, the aging conditions are quite different from those in Jarnac, as the temperature is low and remains constant (between 8 and 12°C) and the high humidity level rarely drops below 95%. These factors ensure that HINE's Early Landed Cognacs are particularly light and fruity with very delicate oaky notes, and have delightful aromas of fresh flowers and the characteristic orange peel—very close to the cognac's initial notes. The more humid the atmosphere in the cellar, the more slowly the cognac evaporates and matures over time, transforming its intense strength into finesse and subtlety. In Jarnac, the Charente River is close to the vintages cellar. The cellar sits two meters below the level of the Charente, and is subject to temperature fluctuations from 6.5°C in winter to 20.5°C during the summer. The aging conditions in the vintages celler in Jarnac lend the cognacs greater complexity and structure, a richer bouquet, more pronounced oaky notes, and the much prized "rancio" characteristic of old cognac.
- HINE 1957 Grande Champagne
- HINE 1975 Grande Champagne
- HINE 1981 Early Landed Grande Champagne
- HINE 1982 Early Landed Grande Champagne
- HINE 1983 Early Landed Grande Champagne