Growth area & soil: Fine Champagne
H by Hine VSOP Cognac: a Bright and Floral Experience
This young and floral Cognac is the flagship release from famed producer Hine. The H by Hine VSOP Cognac is a blend of over 15 different eaux-de-vie sourced from Grande and Petite Champagne, aged for a minimum of four years. The high humidity environment of the Hine cellars - located by the River Charente - slows down evaporation to create a more mellow and refined Cognac.
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.
- International Wine and Spirits Convention 2018 - Silver Medal
- International Spirits Challenge 2007 - Gold Medal
Presentation of the Bottle
Slim and elegant, this is a bottle that beautifully combines the classic with the modern. The red foil matches Hine’s signature logo - and the gift box - while the cut-out letter ‘H’ cleverly allows the liquid to show through the label.
How to Enjoy H by Hine
Lively and elegant, this VSOP is great served on its own, but also the ideal ingredient for cocktails and mixed drinks. Try it with a dash of cold tonic, cider or ginger ale, garnished with a twist of lime, cucumber or rosemary.
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Nice get and go one
Smell bright tone with notes of apricot and floral. Taste of apricot and vanilla, with little spice, not so complex, and the aftertaste is only moderate, but easy to drink by all means. Not wow much for this one but considering the price, which is the cheapest VSOP I can find (in my area), it's...
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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