• 1858

    Henri Mounier was originally a captain in the Merchant Navy, but changed course to specialise in eaux-de-vie. He took his father-in-law Jean Salmon as cellar master and Eugène Bellet as his business partner. Together they founded Mounier et Compagnie.

    The story goes that when Henri Mounier was unhappy with an eau-de-vie, he would roll the barrel out of the cellar himself. A man for whom quality was no laughing matter and who carved out a name for himself in the world of Cognac.

  • 1858-1874

    Cognac enjoyed its golden age and conquered Europe. Henri Mounier understood the importance of getting things right: he would hunt out the best terroirs, lavish great care and attention on distillation and age his Cognacs in oak casks.

  • 1874

    Henri Mounier specialised in trading Cognac in bottles, distributed in France and abroad under the Henri Mounier & Co banner.

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Slumbering in casks and demijohns in the H. Mounier cellars, precious 19th-century eaux-de-vie.

  • 1947

    The Prince Hubert de Polignac brand was born. This association between the descendent of an illustrious French family and a Cognac house was a first of its kind.

  • 1960

    The house joined forces with the Unicoop group of vine-growers. Cellars were inaugurated in Gensac La Pallue, next to Cognac.

  • 1969

    Creation of Reynac, the leading brand of Pineau des Charentes.

  • 1997

    H. Mounier joined forces with American Sydney Frank to develop an all-French vodka. Grey Goose* became one of the world’s biggest-selling vodkas.

    * Vodka produced by the Bacardi Group today.

  • 2006

    Launch of the liqueur Kismi

  • 2007

    Inauguration of the blending cellars, a genuine leap forward in technology.

  • 2012 and beyond

    True to its innovative spirit, H. Mounier is developing cutting-edge technologies at the service of its eaux-de-vie, from bottling to brand creation and packaging design.

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