Our history

Introduction

The Rémy Cointreau Group, whose Charentaise origins date back to 1724, is the result of the 1990 merger of holding companies owned by the Hériard Dubreuil and Cointreau families, which controlled E. Rémy Martin & Cie SA and Cointreau & Cie SA, respectively. The group is also the result of successive partnerships with other companies active in the same wines and spirits business lines.

Important dates

  • 1703

    Creation of Mount Gay Rum in Barbados

  • 1724

    Establishment of the House of Rémy Martin cognac

  • 1849

    Creation of Cointreau & Cie by the Cointreau brothers

  • 1881

    Creation of the Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay

  • 1888

    Creation of the brand Metaxa

  • 1924

    Acquisition of E. Rémy Martin & Cie SA by André Renaud

  • 1965

    André Hériard Dubreuil takes over from his father-in-law M. André Renaud

  • 1966

    Creation of the Rémy Martin international distribution network

  • 1980

    Creation of the French-Chinese joint venture Dynasty Winery by Rémy Martin in partnership with the city of Tianjin (China)

  • 1985-1988

    Acquisition of the Charles Heidsieck then Piper-Heidsieck Champagnes by the Rémy Martin Group

  • 1986

    Creation of the Passoã brand

  • 1989

    Acquisition of Mount Gay Rum by the Rémy Martin Group

  • 1990

    Transfer by Pavis SA of Rémy Martin shares to Cointreau & Cie SA

  • 1991

    Adoption by the group of the corporate name of Rémy Cointreau

  • 1998

    Dominique Hériard Dubreuil becomes Chairman of Rémy Cointreau

  • 1999

    Establishment of the Maxxium distribution joint venture with three partners: Rémy Cointreau, The Edrington Group and Jim Beam Brands Worldwide (Fortune Brands)

  • 2000

    Acquisition of Bols Royal Distilleries, including the Bols and METAXA brands

  • 2001

    Vin & Sprit joins the Maxxium network as a fourth partner

  • 2005

    Disposal of Bols’ Polish operations to CEDC

  • 2006

    Disposal of the Dutch and Italian Liqueurs & Spirits operations

  • 2009

    March 30: Rémy Cointreau exits the Maxxium joint venture

  • 2011

    July 8: Rémy Cointreau sells its Champagne branch to EPI

  • 2012

    September 3: Acquisition of the Bruichladdich Distillery, a producer of single malt Scotch whiskies on the isle of Islay, Scotland

  • 2012

    November 20: François Hériard Dubreuil becomes Chairman of Rémy Cointreau

  • 2013

    August 30: Disposal of Larsen to Finnish group Altia

  • 2015

    October 27: Disposal of Izarra to Spirited Brands

  • 2017

    January 5: Acquisition of French single malt whisky Domaine des Hautes Glaces

  • 2017

    January 6: Acquisition of American single malt whisky Westland Distillery