Hine Single Cask Selection Vintage Cognac
Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Hine Single Cask Selection Vintage Cognac: the Essence of a Vineyard
The Hine Single Cask Selection Vintage Cognac is a 2002 vintage sourced from the vineyard of Genté that has been matured in French oak for 12 years. In a region of blenders, Hine has taken the step to focus on some of the most exclusive and unique vineyards in the Grande Champagne. With these single cask expressions, they can capture the very essence of a single piece of land, where the crumbling limestone soil, rainfall and sunshine have imprinted each vine with its own character. Through careful selection, and aided by the passage of time, Hine allows the singular personality of each cask to shine. Only 300 bottles have been produced, so this is a limited edition to look out for!
The history of Hine Cognac starts in the late 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. After falling in love with the proprietor’s daughter Françoise-Elisabeth, he married into the family and took on a more senior role in the company. For years he used his financial skills to make major changes and develop their trade, eventually changing the company name to Thomas Hine & Co. in 1817.
Overseeing 115 hectares of land by the village of Bonneuil, Hine Cognac focuses entirely on the growing areas of Grande and Petite Champagne. Across these limestone hills, vines of Ugni Blanc grapes can draw nutrients and water from a depth of over 20 metres, allowing them to flourish even during the most extreme conditions.
Presentation of the Bottle
The Hine Single Cask Selection Vintage Cognac is presented in a sleek, tall bottle with a simple label stating the distillation and bottling dates, cask number, bottle number and origin of the eaux-de-vie. It is accompanied by a matching presentation box, making this a wonderful gift for any Cognac lover.
How to Enjoy Hine Single Cask Selection Vintage Cognac
This outstanding Cognac is one for the tulip glass; let it rest for 30 seconds before taking a sip. During the summer months, it might be suitable to add a cube of ice. For the ultimate tasting experience, pair with a hot espresso or a fruity dessert.
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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