Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
An Outstanding Cognac to Celebrate 250 Years of Hine
This Hine 250 Years Decanter 1953 Cognac, presented in a beautiful crystal bottle designed by Andrée Putman, is truly a piece of Cognac history. François and Robert Hine, who ran the company in the 1950s, considered 1953 to be an exceptional vintage due to the unusual weather conditions that year – it was the driest year of the 20th century. Only 250 bottles have been created, making this a rare acquisition.
“These particularly difficult weather conditions in 1953 have given this Cognac qualities which have needed long aging”, said Eric Forget, current cellar master at Hine. “Since I have been Hine’s cellar master I have tasted every Cognac every year to monitor their aging and their potential. I can simply say that only this Cognac has always received the very highest mark of all the Cognacs laying in our cellars”.
He concludes, "this Grande Champagne Cognac needed 60 years to reach its peak… It is the most exquisite Cognac that I have ever tasted."
Presentation of the bottle
The Hine 250 Years Decanter itself is made from Baccarat crystal in an understated design reminiscent of a roughly-cut diamond, while the accompanying wooden case has been created in the style of a luxury jewellery box.
The project to create this decanter goes back to 2005, when Andrée Putman came to Jarnac after being requested by Bernard Hine to create the 250th-anniversary decanter. During his visit, Putman was able to gain insight into the very heart of Hine Cognac, and the result is an exceptional bottle to reflect the history of this outstanding Cognac house.
How to Enjoy
With a Cognac of this age, we recommend serving the Hine 250 Years Decanter Cognac neat, in slim tulip glasses. It will continue to develop in the glass - take note, and savor the subtle aromatic changes with every sip.
Quite Pleasant and Enjoyable
Had a pleasure of purchasing this while on Business. The Cognac had reached all expectations and was a sensation to have on the palate. However for a $10k+ it comes with a hefty price tag. Overall was a great purchase and recommend for true Cognac owners and people who like wasting their money to taste things like myself :)
About Hine Cognac
Located in the heart of the Grande Champagne, the premium wine growing area of the Cognac region, the house of Hine has been producing some of the most exquisite Cognacs for six generations, when it was better known as T Hine & Co Cognac. The estate boasts an exceptional 173 acres of vineyards, and 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 damp cellars in Bristol, England. This way, the Thomas Hine Cognac goes through a uniquely different ageing process due to the humidity of the seaside town, which differs somewhat to that of the southwestern coast of France. These highly priced vintage bottles are called “Hine Early-Landed Vintage Cognac”.
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