Celebrating a century of creation since the very first blend of Antique XO in 1920 by Georges Hine, the House of HINE announced this year, the U.S. release of HINE Antique XO 100th Anniversary 1920-2020 Cognac, an exceptionally rare, limited edition cuvée blended with a 100-year-old eau-de-vie from vintage 1920. Crafted by veteran cellar master, Eric Forget, only 1920 hand-numbered decanters were produced, with 270 allocated for sale in the U.S.
Located on the banks of the Charente River in the heart of France’s Cognac region, the HINE House is internationally acclaimed for its blends, vintage and extra old cognacs. For more than 250 years and six generations of Hine family leadership, the iconic cognac house has upheld founder, Thomas Hine’s commitment to producing cognac made in a timeless style through vigilant grape growing in Cognac’s crus, calculated wood selection and blending precision in the cellar.
Preserved in glass demi-johns for a century in the Réserve du Paradis cellar beneath the HINE House, the 1920 eau-de-vie enriches the original Antique XO with boundless richness and delicate floral notes. The balance of the cuvée features 40 hand-selected cognacs, all aged for a minimum of 20 years and sourced exclusively from Grande Champagne.
“What a thrill and an honor it was to take on the responsibility of blending such a momentous expression of HINE’s past and present,” said Eric Forge, HINE Cellar Master. “The enduring personality, flavor and aromatic nuances of the 1920 eau-de-vie, and the natural ease with which it blended so seamlessly with Antique XO’s eau-de-vies is truly remarkable, and a testament to the Hine family’s lasting legacy of excellence.”
HINE Antique XO 100th Anniversary (80 proof)
Appearance: Dark orange.
Aroma: Fruity, honeyed, garden-like and lightly oaked. Notes of butter, vanilla, butterscotch and brown sugar.
Taste: Delicate grape flavors meld with the cask, creating a light yet poignant expression of the spirit. Exceptionally smooth and balanced.
Finish: Medium long, with sweet lingering notes where the grape spirit becomes more apparent.
Overall: A beautiful creation. The perfect melding of history and distillation. Do not pass up the opportunity to taste this amazing blend if you have the chance.
GSN Rating: A+++
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