Our Commitment

The House of Rémy Martin uses its history, know-how and long-term relationships with its partners to rise to the challenge of environmental change.

Our Commitment

we are rooted in sustainability

The earth and elements have always been central to the quality of Rémy Martin cognac, and in 2007 we announced a sustainability action plan, covering not only our vineyards, but our wider environmental, social and economic impact on the planet.

OUR JOURNEY

THE HOUSE OF RÉMY MARTIN: SUSTAINABLE EXCEPTION

Take a closer look at the steps on our path towards sustainability.

Our journey towards sustainability
100% of our partners are committed to responsible agriculture

In 2007 we made the decision to move towards fully sustainable agriculture. In 2012 – together with our partner winegrowers of the Alliance Fine Champagne (AFC) – we began working towards High Environmental Value (HVE) certification, a marker of agricultural excellence. Today, the House of Rémy Martin has become the leader of environmental commitment in the Charente region: 85% of HVE-certified farms in the two departments of Charente are partners of the House and of the AFC.

This team effort, of which we are the driving force, is shown by the fact that all of our growing partners are now committed to sustainable agriculture, with 50% already HVE-certified. We had set this goal for 2022 but thanks to a shared will and commitment, we’ve achieved it two years ahead of time. We are striving passionately to promote biodiversity on our terroir and to protect our soils in Grande and Petite Champagne. The House of Rémy Martin proudly stands for Sustainable Exception: a long-term development framework which is respectful of its environment and allows us to create an exceptional product.

Philippe Farnier, CEO of the House of Rémy Martin

HVE-Certification

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AIMING FOR SUSTAINABLE EXCELLENCE

THROUGH HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL VALUE (HVE) CERTIFICATION

THE HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL VALUE

High Environmental Value is the highest level of environmental certification given by France’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food. It rewards farms that have committed to particularly environmentally friendly practices in four areas: biodiversity, phytosanitary strategy, fertilisation and irrigation.

 

A THREEFOLD BENEFIT TO THE HVE APPROACH

  • It examines the farm in its entirety rather than just an aspect of production
  • It examines four areas in each sector of the farm – biodiversity, phytosanitary strategy, fertilisation and irrigation
  • It gives a framework for continuous improvement and fits in perfectly with a long-term vision

 

HVE LEVELS

Level 1 is focused on training and a farm audit to assess compliance with key environmental regulatory practices.

Level 2 is the adoption of the sound environmental practices started in Level 1, in line with a set of 16 requirements.

Level 3/HVE is the maximum level of excellence and attests to a high level of biodiversity and sound practices. This is a state of mind – a work philosophy – for constant improvement. Certification is about learning how to balance the need for protecting nature, with the need for quality and productivity.

 

OUR APPROACH

With our partner winegrowers from Alliance Fine Champagne (AFC), the House of Rémy Martin very early on opted for sustainable viticulture. This combines agro-ecological practices to find a balance between:

  • preserving the quality of our eaux-de-vie
  • respecting the terroir on which we grow the vines
  • maintaining the economic profitability of our farms
  • and protecting our health

 

OUR GOAL

We strive to achieve the highest level of environmental excellence, with a high level of biodiversity and a very low use of inputs. All of our practices contribute to making our impact on the planet a positive one.

 

 

The people

Our vision: teaming up to advance agricultural practices

Since 2014, we have been the only house to offer Alliance Fine Champagne winegrowers tailor-made training courses in environmental certification, with the support of the Chambers of Agriculture.

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“For us, luxury stands for exceptional. We want to do better every day and sustainability is part of our quest for excellence.”
Philippe Farnier, CEO

OUR NEXT GOAL:

2024

ONLY using 100% recyclable packAGING.

2028

Reaching 100% HVE3 certification.

2030

Reducing our carbon emissions by 50%.

OUR commitment

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

The Rémy Martin Domains are a showcase for quality, environmental and experimental research. They allow the testing of alternative solutions on a larger scale and aim to bring solutions to winegrowers to improve their environmental practices.

“15% of the Grand Champagne are dedicated to research.”

Here are a few examples of the vineyard trials we have carried out in the Domains which focus on improving the quality of the grapes within our sustainable framework:

 

Preserving biodiversity: we’ve installed beehives and sowed green manure on grass strips to fertilise the soils.

 

Adjusting the phytosanitary strategy: we use new technologies to map each growing plot in more detail. This gives us a deeper understanding of how to care for the vines with as little input as possible in each area of the plot.

 

Managing fertilisation in a more natural way: we’ve set up a test plot and sown plants between the rows of vines. Here we’re looking at improving the soil naturally, reducing erosion and promoting biodiversity, while preserving the production’s existing typicality.

 

Sustainable forest management: we’ve been working in cooperation with the French National Forests Office to replant more than 115,000 oaks since 2015. We have also been planting key species of trees along the banks of the Charente river to help filter drinking water and contribute to biodiversity.

Our commitment

The soil

Learn more about the earth we grow in.

Our commitment

The vine

Learn about resistant grape varieties and new technologies.

“Why do we want to champion sustainability? Because people and time matter to us.”
Philippe Farnier, CEO

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