HINE UNVEILS BONNEUIL 2008, A VINTAGE FIT FOR A SOMMELIER
*Third Bottling in Collection of Single Vineyard & Single Vintage Cognacs*
*Made Exclusively from HINE’s Own Estate, Domaines HINE *
* Limited to 16 Casks *
(SAN FRANCISCO, November 27, 2018) – This month, HINE Cognac and US importer Hotaling & Co. announce the addition of Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2008 to the Bonneuil collection. The 2008 vintage is the third expression in a collection of single grand crus, single harvest cognacs, originating exclusively from HINE’s own estate, Domaines HINE. With only 16 casks (7,200 bottles) of Bonneuil 2008 selected for bottling, this limited release will be available in the United States at a suggested retail price of $139.99.
Each release in the Domaines HINE Bonneuil collection pays tribute to a harvest that captures the essence of the limestone terroir found in Grande Champagne, home to the village of Bonneuil where the HINE House vines flourish. One of the few houses in the Cognac region to have its own vineyard, the quality of the grapes harvested at Domaines HINE contributes to the fine and delicate style of HINE cognacs. The aromatic richness comes from the exceptional quality of the soil, careful tending of the vines and precise timing for harvesting, which are further enhanced by distillation and aging in French oak barrels. When weather conditions are just right, the HINE House singles out a vintage, resulting in unblended cognacs that are the purest expression of the chalky terroir. Aged in oak casks for a decade, Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2008 is an elegant and vivid cognac, interspersed with fresh notes of cranberry, ripe apricot, and mountain honey.
DOMAINES HINE BONNEUIL 2008
Much like the previous two releases in the revered collection, Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2008 delivers the essence of a single harvest on selected plots. After aging in oak casks for a decade, the youngest HINE Bonneuil reveals aromas of cranberry, ripe apricot, and mountain honey. The bright flavor of cranberry inspires its coral container and each bottle is numbered.
42.7% ABV; 750ml; SRP $139.99
“Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2008 is one of these vintages where challenging beginnings finally end up well,” says HINE Cellar Master Eric Forget. “After lots of rainy spring days and a capricious month of August, the Indian summer set camp and finally allowed the grapes to catch up on their fill of sunshine to develop nice solar notes. Needless to say, the new vintage is somewhat of a strong character! This eau-de-vie shows concentration, elegance and focus, with lively aromas of cranberry, shaping its singularity and character.”
Bottled on July 19, 2018, Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2008 joins Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2005 (18 casks) and Domaines HINE Bonneuil 2006 (19 casks) after the 2007 harvest had been judged insufficiently expressive.
About Hotaling & Co.
Hotaling & Co., formerly Anchor Distilling Company, is an importer and distiller of fine spirits headquartered in San Francisco. Originally established in 1993 by beverage visionary Fritz Maytag, fueled by the bold realization that there were no pot-distilled whiskies or high-end craft gins being made legally in America at the time. As a result, Anchor Distilling Company is credited with creating America’s first craft whiskey (Old Potrero) and gin (Junipero Gin) after Prohibition. In 2010, Fritz Maytag retired and sold Anchor Distilling Company to a business partnership that included Tony Foglio and London’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd. With the sale, Anchor Distilling Company expanded beyond production on Potrero Hill to incorporate importing a collection of super-premium craft spirits from around the world. Today, newly named Hotaling & Co., has earned a nationwide reputation for its curated portfolio of premium craft spirits imported into the U.S. that is made up of over 300 specialty products from nearly 23 countries. The Hotaling name remains a part of San Francisco drinking culture as the distillery celebrates 25 years of production, a proud tradition that will continue into the future alongside the other core business pillars: importing and consumer education. www.HotalingandCo.com.
In the 18th century, an English merchant sent his son Thomas Hine to France to learn the art of making cognac. There Thomas fell in love with the daughter of a famous cognac négociant. Following their marriage, Thomas joined his father-in-law’s company and expanded what was to become the traditional business of HINE: making bespoke cognacs. In 1817, the company became Thomas Hine & Co. and now, more than 250 years later, the extraordinary story of the Hine family and HINE cognac continues. Internationally acclaimed for its blends, vintage and extra old cognacs, the 250-year-old cognac house takes pride in its unequalled collection of exceptional cognacs dating back to the 1800s. The fine and delicate style is garnered by the careful growing of grapes in cognac’s most desired areas and the use of wood to enhance, not mask, the eaux-de-vie’s flavors. HINE’s artisan philosophy has led to innovations including a VSOP for mixing; single estate, single vintage cognacs; and vintages aged outside of France. Awarded the Royal Warrant in 1962, HINE continues to be the official cognac supplier to HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England. www.hotalingandco.com/brand/hine