Comparing Hennessy & Remy Martin: What Are The Differences? (Infographic)

++ Updated June 2017 ++ Not only are the figures updated, we’ve discounted Remy V from the ‘cool product’ as, technically, this isn’t actually a Cognac+++

So, when it comes to the biggest two names in Cognac, are they really so different?  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.  In fact the history of both houses is fascinating – and you can discover more about Hennessy and Rémy Martin on our in-depth brand pages

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Both houses have male cellar masters (Renaud Fillioux de Gironde for Hennessy, and Baptiste Loiseu for Remy), but previously Remy Martin was the only major Cognac house to have a female in the lead position.  But Pirrette Trichet handed over the reins in 2014.  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%.

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

Comments (9)

  1. Ton November 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Very nice. Hope to see more of these comparisons.

    Other interesting facts:
    Hennessy of Irish origin, Rémy Martin of French origin.
    Both still managed by family but:
    Gilles Hennessy, vice-president of LV-MH, is a direct descendant.
    President of Rémy-Cointreau is Dominique Hériard Dubreuil, descendant of André Renaud (associated with Paul-Rémy Martin, 1910) and also descendant of Elie Hériard, who was associated with Paul Martin (ca. 1860), but she is not a direct descendant of Rémy Martin (I’ve made a simplified arbre genealogique on my site).

  2. Max ( November 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Ton, thank you for your comment. Totally right to mention the nationality, yes. I wouldn’t call Hennessy family-run though… while the tone of family is still noticable with Remy Martin. Thanks for your hints!

  3. Max ( November 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Oh, and yes, we’d like to run more on these comparisons. It’s a good thing to do we think. Perhaps Courvoisier vs. Martell?

  4. Juozas November 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Dear Max,
    Very nice article! And in the future could be good to have more vs. Like Meukow vs. Louis Royer or Camus; Hine vs.Otard; Tiffon vs. Bache-Gabrielsen and etc.
    Could you discribe another similliarities and differencies Hennessy vs.Remy Martin?
    Cognac vs Fine Champagne cognac; bying eau-de-vie from winegrowers; production & buying cask; visitors centers; wineyards; distilleries and etc.
    So after that we will have mainly all differencies.
    many thanks for attention
    best regards

  5. CW March 21, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Apparently a significant different is of worthy note is:
    “Hennessy’s cellarmaster Fillioux is a man, Rémy Martin’s Pierrette Trichet is a woman.”
    Please do elaborate.

  6. John Mediodia June 16, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Been a Hennessey drinker for quite some time now, mostly Privilege. But lately I’ve been drinking Remy’s 1738 and it’s good, just saying…

  7. Dorothy Scott February 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I love both. Only buy the V.S.O.P. in both brands. Hope to soon be able to afford a higher bottle of each.

  8. Joseph Banks November 4, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Never had Remy and I was thinking of trying it tonight. After finding out Hennessey is owned by LVMH, HENNESSEY IT IS. HENNYTHING IS POSSIBLE TONIGHT.

  9. Cheryl Thomas August 5, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I drink Mr. Martin Remy V.S.O.P, when I started drinking cognac many years ago it was Hennessey. But I have to say I’ll stick with Remy Martin V.S.O.P ,1738 & on special occasion Remy XO. Thank you

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