Probably the best of the big cognac names. Founded by an immigrant from Dorset in 1791 who shipped in cask to the British wine merchants. Hine was taken over by the Distillers Company who were subsequently taken over by Guinness and then acquired by Hennessey. But the firm is still run by cousins Jacques and Bernard, the founder's great-great-great-grandsons. Most of their cognacs come from the Champagnes.