The Rémy Cointreau Group, whose charentaise origins date back to 1724, is the result of the merger in 1990 of the holding companies of the Hériard Dubreuil and Cointreau families, which controlled E. Rémy Martin & Cie SA and Cointreau & Cie SA respectively.
It is also the result of successive alliances between companies operating in the same wines and spirits business segment.
Rémy Cointreau’s portfolio of global brands is sold primarily through its own distribution network, which comprises subsidiaries in the United States, Asia, and Western and Central Europe.
Key dates in the history of Rémy Cointreau's brands
1703 Creation of Mount Gay Rum in Barbados
1724 Establishment of the House of Rémy Martin Cognac
1785 Establishment of the House of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne by Florens – Louis Heidsieck in Reims
1849 Creation of Cointreau & Cie by the Cointreau brothers
1851 Creation by Charles- Camille Heidsieck of the champagne which bears his name
1881 Creation of Bruichladdich
1888 Creation of the Metaxa brand
1904 Creation of the Izarra brand
1986 Creation of the Passoã brand
Key dates in the history of the Rémy Cointreau Group
1924 Acquisition by André Renaud of E. Rémy Martin & Cie SA
1965 André Hériard Dubreuil takes over from his father-in-law, André Renaud
1966 Creation of Rémy Martin’s international distribution network
1980 Creation by Rémy Martin of the French-Chinese joint venture Dynasty Winery in partnership with the city of Tianjin (China)
1985 Acquisition by the Rémy Martin Group of Charles Heidsieck champagne
1988 Acquisition by the Rémy Martin Group of Piper-Heidsieck champagne
1989 Acquisition by the Rémy Martin Group of Mount Gay Rum
1990 Transfer by Pavis SA of the 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, the Rémy Cointreau Group, the Edrington Group and Jim
Beam Brands Worldwide (Fortune Brands)
2000 to present
2000 Acquisition of Bols Royal Distilleries including, in particular, the Bols and Metaxa brands
2001 Vin & Sprit joins the Maxxium network as its fourth partner
2005 Initial public offering of Dynasty Fine Wines Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
2005 Disposal of Bols’ Polish operations to CEDC
2006 Disposal of the Dutch and Italian liqueurs and spirits operations
2006 Decision by Rémy Cointreau to resume full control over its distribution by March 2009
2008 Year of transition towards exiting Maxxium and the establishment of a new direct distribution organisation
2009 30 March: Rémy Cointreau exits the Maxxium distribution joint venture
2009 1 April: Rémy Cointreau controls 80% of its distribution
2011 8 July: Rémy Cointreau sells its Champagne division to EPI. Rémy Cointreau continues to be the sole distributor of Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck, as well as Piper Sonoma (the US sparkling wine brand).
2012 23 July: Rémy Cointreau Group agrees to purchase the entire share capital of the Bruichladdich Distillery (Scotland).