History

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 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
Acquisition of Bols Royal Distilleries including, in particular, the Bols and Metaxa brand
2001
Acquisition of Bols Royal Distilleries including, in particular, the Bols and Metaxa brands
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
3 September :  acquisition of the Bruichladdich Distillery, which produces single malt scotch whisky on the isle of Islay in Scotland.18 december : acquisition of the cognac company Larsen
2013
10 June : Rémy Cointreau signs an agreement to sell parts of the Larsen company's assets to the Nordic group Altia