The Cognac region in south-west France lies some 110km north of Bordeaux and 450km south-west of Paris. In 1909, the Cognac appellation was legally defined and divided into six areas according to the particular style of the cognacs produced within each area. The finest of these are Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne. They produce very elegant, delicate cognacs with rich, flowery aromas and great ageing potential. HINE specialise in cognacs from these two areas.
In the Cognac region, the chalky soil plays a major role in the quality of the wines ultimately the cognacs. It also acts as a sponge, absorbing and retaining the water when it rains and gradually releasing it in dry weather.