Vintage cognacs are rare nowadays. Due to French customs laws and to ensure the cognac released is entirely of the stated vintage, spirit destined to be bottled as such has to be kept behind a locked door with 2 keys - customs have one and the distillery the other. This example is from 1935, a time when things were no doubt easier.
A 1953 vintage Hine Cognac. Located in the heart of the top 'cru' of the region, Grande Champagne, Hine have an impressive 173 acres of their own vineyards. This is presented in a delightful wooden box and would make a great birthday gift.
This bottle can only be described as an extraordinary piece of history. We estimate that this cognac was produced prior to the phylloxera infestation that ravaged the vineyards of France in the 1800s. One can only imagine how different the contents of this bottle are in comparison to the Cognacs of today.
A very special edition of Hine's Triomphe cognac, the Talent de Thomas Hine celebrates the arrival in France of the company's founder. The cognac is presented in a Baccarat crystal decanter with 4 crystal glasses and is packaged in an ebony and mahogany cigar humidor.