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!!
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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