The French spirits group was created in 1990 by a merger of the two companies Rémy Martin(cognac) and Cointreau(liqueur). Rémy Martin was founded by the winemaker of the same name in 1724. In 1924, the company was taken over by André Renaud, who founded the current fame. Cointreau was founded in 1849 by the brothers Adolphe and Edouard-Jean Cointreau in Angers (Maine-et-Loire) and in 1875 the famous liqueur of the same name was invented from the peels of bitter oranges. Maximilien Cointreau, who joined the company in the 1950s, married one of André Renaud's two daughters, which led to a family relationship between the companies that were later united. In 1965 André Rénaud died and left the house to his daughters. Their spouses, André Heriard-Dubreuil and Maximilien Cointreau, fought bitterly for many years for supremacy, which almost led to their demise. Only the final merger with Cointreau in 1990 ended this dispute.
In 1989 the liqueur brand Galliano (sold again in 2006) and the rum brand Mount Gay were taken over, as well as the liqueur brand Bols (sold again in 2006) and the Greek brandy brand Metaxa in 2000. In 2009, the company withdrew from the sales joint venture Maxxium, which it joined in 1999, and began to focus again on its basic brands Rémy Martin and Cointreau. The champagne houses Charles Heidsieck (1985) and Piper-Heidsieck (1988), which were still acquired by Rémy Martin, were sold to EPI for 410 million euros in 2011 (see Heidsieck). In addition to the two core brands Rémy Martin and Cointreau, Rémy Cointreau also owns the brands Bruichladdich (Scotch Whisky), Metaxa (brandy), Passoa (liqueur), Mount Gay (rum) and Saint Rémy (brandy). A total of around 1,000 employees are employed worldwide. Together with Underberg, the sales company Diversa GmbH was founded in Germany.
Rémy Martin is produced on four sites The base wines for the cognac come from 150 hectares of our own vineyards and from over 2,000 contract winegrowers with a total of 8,000 hectares of vineyards in the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne cognac regions. Half of all cognac variants are made up of wines from the Grande Champagne region, which is why all bottles bear the designation "Fine Champagne". The barrels are made from the Limousin area in our own cooperage. The range includes the brands "Club", the "XO" with a maturation period of several decades, "Extra Perfection" and "Louis XIII". Some of the brands are filled in bottles similar to bocksbeute. More than 20 million bottles are produced annually, which is 15% of the worldwide cognac market. 95% of this is exported to 165 countries. In China there is the joint venture project Dynasty Winery.