Hine, cognac firm in Jarnac
- 1763 The date Hine stills calls as date of establishment
- 1782 The date called by Nicolas Faith as date of establishment
- 1792 (approx.) Thomas Hine is being employed by Ranson & Delamain.
- 1796 Thomas Hine marries Françoise Elisabeth Delamain and associates with his father-in-law, James Delamain (Ranson & Delamain).
- 1817 Bankruptcy of Delamain.
- 1817 Thomas Hine establishes his own company, Hine, together with his brother-in-law, Garreau.
- 1971 The Scottish Distillers Company (DCL) buys Hine.
- 1980 Hine takes over Denis-Mounié.
- 1986 Guinness buys Distillers Company (and therefore also Hine)
- 1987 Hine is being bought by the LV.MH group.
- 1991 Monnet is being brought under the management of Hine by the LV-MH group.
- 2003 Hine is being sold to the CL Financial group in Trinidad.
- 2013 Hine is being sold to the Nicolas family, a large wine-business in France with subsidiaries in Belgium, England, Russia and Marocco.
1763 Is being called the date of establishment by the Hine firm, but Thomas Hine, founder of the firm, was being born in England twelve years later in 1775 in England and moved to France in 1791. He setteld down in Jarnac were he worked as a personal assistent for the négociant who made the cognac his father lover most. This négociant was Delamain, and the firm Delamain was established in 1763. Now Thomas Hine fell in love with one of Delamain’s daughters, Françoise, and marries her in 1796. After his marriage he also associates with James Delamain, wich at the time is still called Ranson & Delamain. In 1817 Delamain goes bankrupt. In the same year Thomas hine founds his own company, Hine, with the help of his brother-in-law Garreau. It is possible (probable) they stayed in the Delamain’s premises and because hiw wife is a Delamain and because his company is built upon the remains of Delamain, they have called 1763 for a long time as the date of their establishment. Nowadays they themselves mention the year 1817 as the starting date for their company; but not allways as became obvious by the celebration of their 250-year anniversary in the year 2013.and by the use of their new logo.
Bernard Hine (born 1939) is still managing the firm, but unfortunately has no children. François Le Grelle is the MD and Eric Forget is maître-de-chai.
In the past Hine did not own any vineyards, nor distilleries. But in the 2000s they strted buying yhem and now (2020) they own 105 hectares in the grande champagne and 10 in the petite champagne. They also buy eau-de-vie and cognac from wine-growers in grande champagne, petite champagne and fins bois. Distillation is being carried out on the lees. The cognac is being reduced to 60% alc. in a very early stage to prevent too much tannine to be extracted form the wood. Above all they use Tronçais wood, but not solely. The young eau-de-vie is put in new wood for several months and after that it is being transferred to older casks. After the marriage or blending the cognac is being kept in a very large cask for 10-12 months to ensure its harmony. They do add caramel and sugar. Before being botteld the cognac is filtered
In the past Hine was well known in England for his Early Landed Cognac: the young cognac was brought to England to age in London or Bristol cellars. Nowadays it is prescribed by law that the cognac be aged in the cognac region in France.
Range: Rare & Delicate (nowadays: Rare VSOP), Antique Fine Champagne, Antique Grande Champagne, Triomphe and Family Réserve, Marriage (grande champagne), Talent (grande champagne).
They also sell a Cigar Réserve, theHommage and several Vintages.
The Homage is for sale for several years now and is a blend of three different years of grande champagne.
Other brands owned by Hine or which have been used by Hine in the past:
- Arc de Triomphe
- Comandon (owned by Denis-Mounié; it is now bought by Vigneron)
- Guy Gautier
- Monteru Frères