Hine Rare Fine Champagne VSOP: Bottle Review

Hine Rare Fine Champagne is a VSOP Cognac of the highest quality. This Cognac is a rich but at the same time extremely gentle drink made up of a blend of twenty-five different Cognacs from the Grande and the Petite Champagne. It constitutes 40% of Petite Champagne and 60% of Grande Champagne blends.

The bottle with its wooden cap is a distinguished bottle bearing the logo of the Hine estate.

The youngest one of the eaux-de-vie in the Hine Rare VSOP Cognac is about six years old, but others reach up to twelve years. The average eau-de-vie is aged for about eight years.

The tasting notes for the Hine Rare Fine Champagne are:

The eye: golden and amber hue.
The nose
: pleasant, light floral scents of Jasmine, which turns complex with spicy and fruity notes. Slight hints of orange, pale sultanas, chocolate and pears.
The taste
: full in flavor and extremely smooth for a VSOP. The molasses and dried fruit aromas have a rum barrel note. A round entry leads to a fruity/sweet medium-bodied of toffee, autumn fruits, and gingery spices.
The finish:
It finishes with a drying wave of charred wood, oak, pepper and dried fruit. The Cognac is perfectly balanced with a good grapey character. The full flavor remains on the palate for a very long time.
Blend: 60% Grande Champagne, 40% Petite Champagne.
Age: ranges from 4 to 12 years, with an average of 8 years.
Price: € 35,-/ € 40,-

Hine VSOP (pic fortinbras)

Producer: Hine
ABV:   40%
Country of Origin: France
Region: Cognac

International Review of Spirits Award: Silver Medal

Our verdict: Hine Rare Fine Champagne VSOP is well structured and has been very skillfully blended. It has all the traditional finesse of a Cognac created by Thomas Hine.

We have noted the following US importer for this spirit:

Todhunter Imports
222 Lakeview Ave Suite #1500
West Palm Beach FL 33401
Ph. (561) 837-6300
Fax (561)832-4556

Comments (5)

  1. yeozer May 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    2 thumbs up for this VSOP .. Muy delicioso !!!

  2. okeke March 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Very, very Smooth. I drive for miles looking for a store that still stocks HINE RARE VSOP in Maryland.

  3. Cognac-Expert Admin March 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Dear Okeke, you could also consider to take a look at our shop: Hine Rare VSOP Cognac

    This way you don’t have to drive for miles..

  4. Kathy January 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Hello…I have a bottle of Hine Antique Tres Rare Fine Champagne 70cl. Underneath the back label it is printed on the bottle….L4 23012. It has not been opened and still has the shrink-wrap seal on the cap.
    It was purchased in France in 1980ish.
    Would you be able to give me an estimate on it’s worth today or a site that I may find the information.

    Thank you in advance.
    Kathy Cooper

  5. John Havlicek January 1, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    The Hine VSOP has been a wonderful surprise for me…beautifully smooth and complex. I got my first bottle as a gift. My second was also a gift…but from me to me!

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