The Englishman Thomas Hine (born 1775) came to Cognac in 1792 and married the daughter of a small brand of cognac. In 30 years he built the company in Jarnac as a well-known house for the finest and oldest cognacs
out. Today, Hine is one of the most famous brands in the world and belongs to the large group LVMH
, The cognacs are made exclusively from the best areas of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne, with all the grapes being supplied by winemakers. The storage takes place for eight months in new oak barrels and is then continued until the climax in older large-pored barrels. After assemblage, the distillates rest for up to twelve months in small barrels, creating the typical hint of Hine. The product range includes the "Rare & Delicate" (stored for at least 10 years), the "Antique" (at least 20 years), the "Triomphe" (at least 40 years) and the "Family Réserve" (at least 40 years). A specialty is the vintage cognacs, which are kept as young brandies in their own mature warehouse in the UK for 15 to 20 years until they are allowed to call themselves "Early Landed Vintage Grande Champagne Cognac" (see also below) Early Landed Cognac
). These bear the harvest year on the label. From the year 1948, only 300 bottles were produced on the occasion of the birth of Prince Charles. The company today has the status of court purveyor to the British royal family.