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The year is 1791. A young Englishman sets out from his native Dorset to learn the secrets of how cognac, his father’s favourite tipple, is produced. Thomas Hine was the sixth of twelve children and had just turned sixteen. His sense of timing is questionable though, given how inopportune a moment it is for an Englishman to find himself in France! Fleeing the French Revolution, he was imprisoned at the Château de Jarnac, where he remained sequestered for several months. His marriage to Françoise-
Since this dramatic arrival, six generations of the Hine family have succeeded one another at the head of Thomas Hine & Co. The tasting rooms at 16 Quai de l’Orangerie have seen it all, from the Great French Wine Blight to local conflicts, world wars, first bottlings, international incidents, economic booms and slumps, legendary river floods, connoisseur parties and exalted blends. Today, under the watchful eye of sixth-
Cognac region. Like the Cognac area, there are 3 important areas for Armagnac: Bas Armagnac, Haut Armagnac, and Tenareze. The region the Armagnac is made is usually shown on the bottle and if not, is probably a blend from more than two regions. The aristocracy in the region of Armagnac were the politically powerful Albret family from the 14th through to the 16th century and were against the monarchy of France, introducing Protestantism to south-
The House of Hine draws its identity from the heart of two Premier Crus (in a region where Crus number just six): the Grande Champagne and the Petite Champagne. In the village of Bonneuil, 70 hectares of vineyards unfurl their rows of Ugni Blanc vines across rolling valleys – a landscape that is characteristic to Grande Champagne. Limestone rocks peep out at the foot of the vines like a promise of future vivacity.
Once the autumn grape harvest is finished, distillation on lees concentrates the aromas of these resolutely acidic white wines tenfold. There in the heat of the still, everything hinges on precision and alchemy, transforming the work of the vine into a clear and impetuous eau-
At Hine, French oak casks are used to age the eaux-
Since 1962, the House of Hine has been awarded a Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, and remains the only official supplier of cognac to the British monarchy.
The Cognac AOC is a controlled appellation of origin and is made up of six districts, which are Bois à Terroir-
Hine Rare VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac: Fine Champagne means that it is a blend of over 25 Grande and Petite Champagne Cognacs, with at least 50% coming from Grande Champagne (not to be confused with the famous sparkling wine region, Champagne – a completely different place).
The Rare VSOP Cognac is a blend of over 25 cognacs aged between 6 and 12 years, with the grapes sourced from Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. The Blend is then further aged in French oak casks for 6 to 9 months, resulting in a very fine champagne cognac.
Notes of iris, fresh apricot, acacia and white pepper.
As the years pass, the cognac takes on a radiant amber hue and, while always maintaining the fruit as its primary aroma, unleashes hints of walnut, freshly toasted bread and blonde tobacco.
APPEARANCE: Yellow gold amber colour and clear.
NOSE: Notes of flowers and mixed fruits leading to spice and aromas of stone fruit, mingled with floral scents of jasmine.
PALATE: Full of dried apricot and warm cinnamon, interwoven with ginger and sticky toffee.
FINISH: Finishing dry and clean with lasting spice and fruit character. Mellow and smooth.
THE IDEAL SERVE: Enjoy after dinner
Appellation: Fine Champagne Controlee VSOP
Appellation: Blended eaux-
Owner: Thomas Hine & Co
Grape varieties: 100% Ungi Blanc
Grape varieties: (Trebbiano)
Age: aged for 6 years and more
Cask Type: French Oak Cask
Colour: Copper and Old Gold
Flavour Profile: Fruity -
Allergens: Not Known
Bottle size: 70cl abv: 40.0% abv