The Englishman Thomas Hine (born 1775) came to Cognac in 1792 and married the daughter of a small manufacturer of cognac. In 30 years he built the company in Jarnac known as home for the finest and oldest cognac from. Hine today is among the best known brands in the world and belongs to the large group LVMH . The Cognacs are produced exclusively from the finest Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne areas, where all the grapes are supplied by growers. Storage is the first eight months in new oak barrels and then progresses to the climax in older barrels, large pore. After blending the distillates rest again to twelve months in small barrels, making the typical Hine-produced taste. The product range includes the "Rare & Delicate" (mounted at least 10 years), the "Antique" (at least 20 years), the "Triomphe" (at least 40 years) and the "Family Reserve" (at least 40 years). A specialty is the vintage cognacs, brandies are young as in their own mature stock in UK custody for 15 to 20 years, until she "Early Landed Vintage Grande Champagne Cognac" may call (see also Early Landed Cognac ). These bear the year of harvest on the label. From the year 1948 during the birth of Prince Charles were produced only 300 bottles. The company now has the status of the purveyors of the British royal family.