Originally created in 1920 by Georges Hine for his family and close friends to enjoy. A fine accord of over forty Eaux de Vie, all aged a minimum of ten years, assembled exclusively from grapes grown to Grande Champagne, the finest cru of Cognac. A double microdistillation on sedimentery lees, progressively eliminates all but the most elite components. The finest Limousin and Troncais oak barrels are delicately toasted to infuse the ageing Cognac with a richness of chocolate, honey and vanilla characters.
François and Robert Hine were inspired by the beauty of a unique crystal decanter to bottle their flagship Cognac. Antique went on to become a huge success. Ninety years later, the House of Hine reinterprets Antique, now an XO Premier Cru, from fruit grown to undulating vineyards in Lignères Sonneville and Criteuil La Magdeleine, Touzac and Bonneuil. Hine's distinguished Cellar Master has achieved the perfect harmony through an assemblage of over forty Cognacs, of which the youngest are aged at least ten years and the oldest several decades.
Deep dark golden amber hue. A sensory journey, complex, rich and long persistent aromas of vanilla and honey, baked apple and spice before hints of liquorice and leather. Rich and rounded, lovely rancio on both nose and palate, deeper and more complex than its peers, it’s immediately identifiable by a unique raisiny concentration, with an unobtrusive touch of oak that holds the noble blend together.