Created in 1991 by Bernard Hine, the Hine Prestige Mariage de Thomas Hine is a Grande Champagne blend of 12 vintage Cognacs harvested between 1921-1959. It was created to celebrate the 200th wedding anniversary of Thomas Hine and Françoise Elisabeth. As you can imagine, this is a superb Cognac experience: from the complexity on the nose, through to the wonderful taste on the palate and, of course, the wonderful taste of rancio.
The delights of this Cognac start before you even think about opening the decanter. It comes in a delightful decanter created by Baccarat Crystal, and housed within a wooden, hand-crafted case that's intended to be used as a cigar humidor (holds around 75 cigars). A humidifier and hydrometer are also included.
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Eye: Deep, well-aged tones with golden flashes
Nose: Complex, with hints of almond and some floral notes
Palate: Woody, spicy, and vanilla tones evolve through the tasting process. Hazelnuts, grilled almonds, and candied fruits make a welcome appearance. The finish is long, solid, and satisfying
Located in the heart of the Grande Champagne, the premium wine growing area of the Cognac region, the house of Hine produces one of the most exquisite cognacs since six generations. The estate boasts an exceptional 173 acres of vineyards. The house has a very special tradition of producing relatively small quantities but with a very high standard in quality. One of their trademarks is to store their vintage casks in cellars in Bristol, England. This way, the cognac goes through a uniquely different ageing process due to the humidity of the seaside town. These highly priced vintage bottles are called “Hine Early-Landed Vintage Cognac”.