L'ÂME DES ANGES
Slumbering in casks and demijohns in the H. Mounier cellars, precious 19th-century eaux-de-vie.
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.
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.
Henri Mounier specialised in trading Cognac in bottles, distributed in France and abroad under the Henri Mounier & Co banner.
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.
The house joined forces with the Unicoop group of vine-growers. Cellars were inaugurated in Gensac La Pallue, next to Cognac.
Creation of Reynac, the leading brand of Pineau des Charentes.
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.
Launch of the liqueur Kismi
Inauguration of the blending cellars, a genuine leap forward in technology.
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.
Launch of the Marquis de La Fayette range of cognacs.
Creation of the SOURCE Vodka & SOURCE Gin brands.
Disposal of the Prince Hubert de Polignac brand.
The H. Mounier brands are distributed in around fifty countries around the world. The company is present on five continents, particularly in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The Middle East, India and Africa are also among the markets that matter.