Rémy Cointreau has opened exclusive negotiations with the Brillet family to acquire Maison de Cognac JR Brillet.

The deal involves part of the Brillet family’s vineyard estate but other details of items involved in the negotiations have not been disclosed.

Maison JR Brillet has built up a vineyard estate and a stock of eau-de-vie since the beginning of the Brillet family’s history in the 17th century.

“The deal will integrate spirits with genuine development potential into its portfolio.”

Rémy Cointreau said that the acquisition provides an opportunity “to integrate spirits with genuine development potential into its portfolio.”

The deal is subject to administrative procedures and is expected to be signed later this year.

The deal is expected to increase Remy Cointreau’s Cognac production footprint in the region.

In April this year, Remy Cointreau announced that it is planning to build an on-site malting facility at its Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay to establish a closed-loop production process.

Subject to approval from planning authorities, Remy Cointreau aims to complete the installation by 2023.

The increased maltings capability is expected to allow the Bruichladdich site to grow its barley experimentation process.

The distillery currently grows 42% of its barley locally and the existing malting process includes the transportation of Islay-grown barley to Inverness for malting.