Hine Antique XO was originally created in 1920 by Georges Hine. ‘Antique’ was unusual at this time as it was a blend of old cognacs when young cognac was the fashion. Georges’s personal nickname for the casks of mature vintage cognacs was “antiques”.
The bottle features a pewter effect plaque, decorated with silk-screening and embossed branding and it is closed with a matching stopper. The new Hine is presented in an embossed red and grey gift box which slides open.
Hine has created a blend of over 40 cognacs from the Grande Champagne district, the average age of the blend is 20 years whilst the oldest vintage cognac in the blend is 1944 and the youngest is 1997. Hine Antique XO Premier Cru will retail at £120 a bottle and will be available from April 1.