++ 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
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