An elegant, rich single vintage cognac from the Hine house.
This 1990 vintage â or millesime â from the premium Grand Champagne region, is now a museum release and â as far as we can tell â is only now available in a few select European cognac specialists (for as much as 400 Euros).
The 1990 vintage showcases a delicate, floral nose, with honey and butter, but the palate pushes through with rich spices and a long, complex finish. This is an expression for real cognac fans, those who are ready to take the time to discover layer after layer.
1990 was an exceptionally hot summer with patches of rain, which have played a fair impact on the unique individuality of this release.
Thomas Hine was an Englishman who came to France in 1791 in search of business opportunities, but he was almost immediately imprisoned under suspicion of being a spy during those years of revolution. Following that ordeal he married a local girl, Francoise Elisabeth, and took a job with her fatherâs cognac business, which had begun in 1763.
With the business expanding and their reputation for quality and sourcing from top crus growing, Hine took over the business in 1817 and renamed it after himself. Hine died in 1822, with his family members continuing the inheritance.
Fittingly for the English roots, in 1962 Hine was awarded a royal warrant by Queen Elizabeth II and it remains the sole official cognac supplier to the British monarchy. Today the business is run by sixth generation Bernard Hine.