HINE Rare VSOP Cognac
Suave yet delicate, Rare is a classic expression of the House of Hine and a benchmark for the entire collection of cognacs. It reinterprets the fruity flavours characteristic of the white wines produced from Charente vines, particularly from the Grande and Petite Champagne varieties.
In the 18th century, an English merchant sent his son Thomas Hine to France to learn the art of making cognac. There Thomas fell in love with the daughter of a famous cognac négociant. Following their marriage, Thomas joined his father-in-law’s company and expanded what was to become the traditional business of HINE: making bespoke cognacs. In 1817, the company became Thomas Hine & Co. and now, more than 250 years later, the extraordinary story of the Hine family and HINE cognac continues. Known for its a sophisticated range of fine & delicate cognacs, HINE was appointed the official cognac supplier to HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England in 1962. The Royal Warrant is granted for five years and every five years HINE has been honored to have the Warrant renewed.
Widely regarded as the finest and most complex grape-based spirit in the world, Cognac follows rigorously strict production guidelines. It is made exclusively of wine—most commonly from Ugni Blanc—from the Charente and Charente-Maritime regions surrounding the town of Cognac in southwestern France. After a second distillation in antique copper pot stills (called charentais), the spirit is transferred to French oak barrels and aged a minimum of two years (VS). Cognac is classified by both age and region (Cru). The Grande Champagne Cru and Petite Champagne Cru, both having shallow limestone soils, are the most respected.