The Hine company is named for its proprietor Thomas Hine (sometimes recorded as Thomas Hone), an Englishman from Dorset, England. Following his arrest during the French Revolution, Thomas Hine married a young maiden, Françoise Elisabeth, whose father owned a cognac house in Jarnac. Hine took the company to new heights, and eventually renamed it Thomas Hine & C°. in 1817. HINE has a reputation as specialist in vintage cognacs. Over the centuries, HINE has built up significant stocks of Grande Champagne cognacs from the finest years. These reserves, and the traditional skills passed on from generation to generation, enable the HINE Cellar Master to create rich, complex blends.