++ Updated June 2017 ++ Not only are the figures updated, we’ve changed Remy V from the ‘cool product’ as this isn’t actually a Cognac+++
Hennessy versus Rémy
So, when it comes to the biggest two names in Cognac, are they really so different?
1. The origins of the two brands
Well, in answer to that, yes they really are. For example, the creator of Rémy Martin was a winegrower, but the man behind the industry number #1, Richard Hennessy, was first and formost a soldier.
2. The logos
3. The legacy of their cellar masters
Both houses have male cellar masters (Renaud Fillioux de Gironde for Hennessy, and Baptiste Loiseu for Remy), but previously Rémy Martin was the only major Cognac house to have a female in the lead position. But Pirrette Trichet handed over the reins in 2014.
4. Size and output
Hennessy is the largest Cognac producer/trading house, while Rémy Martin comes second in terms of value. Quantity-wise Hennessy is also number 1, wth more than 40% of the market value. Remy’s share, although large, is somewhat lower at around 15%.
5. Two products go head to head
We also take a look at Rémy Martin Louis XIII Back Pearl vs. Hennessy’s ultimate luxury trunk, the Hennessy Beauté du Siecle. So, as you can see, the houses are each unique in their own way. And, we have to say, long may it continue.
Sources: IWSR, Cognac Houses