The French spirits group was created in 1990 through a merger of the two companies Rémy Martin (cognac) and Cointreau (liqueur). Rémy Martin was founded by the winemaker of the same name in 1724. In 1924 the company was taken over by André Renaud, who founded today's fame. Cointreau was founded in 1849 by the brothers Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau in Angers (Maine-et-Loire) and in 1875 the famous liqueur of the same name was invented from the peel of bitter oranges. Maximilien Cointreau, who joined the company in the 1950s, married one of André Renaud's two daughters, which led to a family relationship between the later unified companies. André Rénaud died in 1965 and left the house to his daughters. Their spouses André Heriard-Dubreuil and Maximilien Cointreau had a bitter struggle for supremacy for many years, which almost led to their downfall. Only the final merger with Cointreau in 1990 ended this argument.
In 1989 the Galliano liqueur brand (resold in 2006) and the Mount Gay rum brand, and in 2000 the Bols liqueur brand (resold in 2006) and the Greek brandy brand Metaxa accepted. In 2009, the company withdrew from the Maxxium sales joint venture, which joined in 1999, and started to concentrate again on its basic brands Rémy Martin and Cointreau. The champagne houses Charles Heidsieck (1985) and Piper-Heidsieck (1988), still acquired by Rémy Martin, were sold to EPI in 2011 for 400 million euros (see under Heidsieck ). The company Rémy Cointreau owns the two main brands Rémy Martin and Cointreau as well as Bruichladdich (Scotch Whiskey), Metaxa (Brandy), Passoa (Liqueur), Mount Gay (Rum) and Saint Rémy (Brandy). A total of around 1,000 people are employed worldwide. Together with Underberg The sales company Diversa GmbH was founded in Germany.
Rémy Martin is produced at four locations. The base wines for the cognac come from 150 hectares of our own, as well as from over 2,000 contract winemakers with a total of 8,000 hectares of vineyards in the cognac areas of Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. Half of all cognac variants consist of wines from the Grande Champagne area, which is why all bottles are labeled "Fine Champagne". The barrels are made in the Limousin area in our own cooper shop. The range includes the brands "Club", the "XO" with a maturity of several decades, "Extra Perfection" and "Louis XIII". Some of the brands are in similar to the Bocksbeutel Bottled. Every year over 20 million bottles are produced, which is 15% of the cognac market worldwide. 95% of these are exported to 165 countries. In China there is the joint venture project Dynasty Winery,