History of Cognac Henri Mounier
Henri Mounier Cognac is named after the Captain of the French Merchant Navy who brought the company into existence. This very Henri Mounier, a young man born and bred in Cognac, joined forces in 1858 with cellar master Jean Salmon and vineyard owner Eugene Bellet, and together they formed a wholesale company called Mounier & Cie. Initially they only exported in bulk to the Netherlands, but soon expanded to other countries throughout Northern Europe.
In 1874, Mr Mounier decided to move further than just bulk selling, and started to bottle his own cognac and sell it to both the French and overseas markets. The bottles were sold under the name Henri Mounier & Co. Some years later, this was shortened to the name we know today – Henri Mounier (also referred to as H Mounier). From day one, the company has ensured a strict standard of quality control over each stage of the aging, distilling, blending and bottling process. It is for this reason that they are held in high regard, not only for the quality of their brand but in their vast knowledge that has been gained over the past two centuries.
Cognac Henri Mounier Today
Today, the company concentrates not only on cognac and Pineau, but also owns a range of other brandies and spirits. The company is headed by Christophe Juarez along with master blender Mickael Bouilly, who are aided by an export, marketing and communication team that export their products around the globe. With a distribution network selling throughout the USA, Europe and Asia, they export a wide range of cognacs, each beautifully presented in elegant bottles and packaging. So important is the packaging to the company that a member of the Mounier team, Christian Maitreau, is solely devoted to this.
They current team of Henri Mounier are fervent defenders of the quality of their products. To this end, the strict quality control that has been in place since the company’s inception is still just as apparent today.
News, Products and Old Labels
As well as cognac, H Mounier now produces a wide variety of other spirits. In 1969, the company launched a Pineau des Charentes under the brand name of Reynac, and their repertoire also includes armagnac, calvados, vodka whisky and liqueurs.
A key product in the H Mounier’s range is the popular Cognac Prince Hubert de Polignac.
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