Appellation (Cru) & sol: Blend
Hine VSOP Rare Fine Champagne Cognac: a Skilful Blend
A terrific VSOP from Hine, Rare is classed as Fine Champagne, meaning that the eaux-de-vie used are all from the Grande or Petite Champagne areas. Around twenty-five distinct eaux-de-vie have been used for the Hine Rare VSOP blend, made from Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne (60%) and Petite Champagne (40%) appellations and aged six to twelve years in French Limousin oak barrels.
The history of Hine Cognac starts in the 18th Century, when a young man by the name of Thomas Hine from Dorset arrived in Jarnac to undertake administerial work for a Cognac producer. He soon fell in love with the proprietor’s daughter Françoise-Elisabeth and married into the family. Now the son-in-law of the owner, Thomas was able to take on a senior role and used his financial skills to make major changes, developing trade beyond France. In 1817, he officially changed the name of the company to Thomas Hine & Co.
These days, the house of Hine focuses only on the Fine Champagne growing areas, overseeing 115 hectares of land by the village of Bonneuil. Vines of Ugni Blanc grapes cover the limestone-studded hills, drawing nutrients and water deep from the chalky soil even during the hottest summers.
Awards and Accolades
The Hine Rare VSOP was awarded gold medals in 2003 and 2007, and given 93 out of a possible 100 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Presentation of the Bottle
Hine Rare VSOP is packaged in a finely-cut teardrop style decanter with a gold band around the neck. The bottle is topped by a wooden stopper with an image of a deer carved on the top, while an elegant paper label clearly carries the Hine name in their signature red hue.
How to Enjoy
This rich VSOP Cognac is best enjoyed in a traditional tulip glass as a digestif or late into the evening. It’s the perfect accompaniment for sumptuous chocolate desserts or a hot espresso.
Being relatively new to the world of Cognac, I've found this product to be the best I've had to this point.
It is enjoyed in the evening during our cold Wisconsin fall, winter, and spring months. Drank "clean", with maybe a side dish of Spanish Olives, the only thing missing would be a good Cuban cigar. I've tried some of the more popular name brands (similar price) and have found them to be on the "harsh" side and found myself having to add some water to smooth out harshness. Can't even imagine what a $$$$ of Cognac would be like, but would be up to the task to try some!!
À propos de Hine Cognac
Située au cœur de la Grande Champagne, la région viticole de premier plan de la région de Cognac, la maison Hine produit certains des cognacs les plus exquis depuis six générations, alors mieux connue sous le nom de Cognac T Hine & Co. Le domaine s'enorgueillit d'une superficie exceptionnelle de 173 acres de vignes, et la maison a une tradition très particulière de production de quantités relativement faibles, mais avec un niveau de qualité très élevé. L'une de ses marques de fabrique est le stockage de ses fûts dans des caves humides à Bristol, en Angleterre. De cette façon, le cognac Thomas Hine passe par un processus de vieillissement unique en son genre, dû à l'humidité de la ville côtière, qui diffère quelque peu de celle de la côte sud-ouest de la France. Ces bouteilles millésimées très chères sont appelées "Hine Early-Landed Vintage Cognac".
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