Famous brands of brandy: a brief overview of more than 50 brands
It’s no secret that genuine cognac is produced only in the vicinity of the eponymous French city located in the province of Charente. Nowadays, about 250 different-sized companies are engaged in this business. However, the most famous are the so-called Four Great Cognac Houses: Martell (appeared in 1715), Rémy Martin (known since 1724), Hennessy (existing since 1765) and Courvoisier (founded at the beginning of the XIX century).
These famous brandies account for about 80% of the products supplied to the world market. So, we present you, perhaps, the most famous brand of cognac. Martell Martell Cognac House is the oldest company in its category. Its founder, Jean Martel, who moved to the cognac region from the island of Jersey, for the first few years of his company’s existence sold all kinds of things: from coal to colonial goods. But in 1726, a native of Jersey married the daughter of a major cognac trader, in consequence of which he reoriented his business to the sale and then the production of brandy products.
During the XIX-XX centuries, the company remained the undisputed leader of the cognac industry, but by the mid-1990s, began to lose ground, giving way to the homes of Hennessy and Rémy Martin. However, even today the brainchild of a successful entrepreneur sells 22 million bottles of his famous products each year, exporting it to almost 150 countries. In addition, this house owns such brands as: Augier Briand 8c Co Cohiba Jules Robin Rémy Martin The Rémy Martin brand began its nearly three hundred year history with a small family distillery. Today, it is the second largest enterprise in terms of production, selling more than 24 million bottles of brandy exported to 165 countries annually.
At the same time, the reputation of Rémy Martin is so flawless that this manufacturer can afford not to indicate on the labels the exact age of the youngest alcohols contained in the beverages sold. Today, Rémy Martin is also the owner of a number of other brands, namely: De Luze Roulleaud Larret Etienne Gasqueto Hennessy At the origin of Hennessy’s house – by far the largest representative of the cognac industry, stood not Frenchman, but Irish military Richard Hennessy, who was in service by the French king Louis XV. Subsequently, it was the owners of this company who, in the framework of the fight against fakes, were the first to start delivering their products not in barrels but in bottles. They also introduced the practice of marking the number of years of cognac aging with the help of asterisks.
Unlike the other three cognac houses, the company Hennessy is still fully controlled by the direct descendants of its founder. Exports of beverages produced directly in Hennessy distilleries exceed 30 million bottles a year. In addition, the alcohols provided by this cognac house produce brand-name drinks: Comandon Davidoff Denis-Mounie Hine Monnet Pellisson Courvoisier The youngest of the great cognac houses, Courvoisier, is somewhat inferior to its main competitors in terms of sales. Its annual export is about 15 million bottles. In addition, unlike the rest of the cognac industry, Courvoisier has neither its own vineyards, nor its own distillery production, nor even its own distilleries.
All the necessary company fully purchases from nearby owners and craftsmen. At the same time, this circumstance does not prevent the company from owning a number of rights to well-known brands of cognac: Carvalho Comte Louis de Naives Curlier Garde Imperiale Grand Frederick Royal Symbol Salignac Symbolic Bonaparte houses. This firm was the court supplier of cognac under Napoleon III. In addition, there is a legend that Napoleon I, captive after the defeat at Waterloo, either tried to find the location of British officers, generously treating them with Courvoisier cognac, or planning to flee to America on a ship carrying this very brandy. Although, in fairness, it should be noted that, according to official documents, this French enterprise appeared only 20 years after the collapse of the great emperor.