Short and sweet: brandies distilled from premium varietal wine grapes mkae better brandy than those made from anything else. The brandies themselves have superb flavor and complexity; they also display marked varietal characteristics. There has never been a cellar of any size that held such a wide range of flavors and aromas. These brandies aged exceptionally well, preserving lovely deep fruit, maintained by aging in old cognac barrels.
Old & Rare
ANSLEY’S Alambic Brandy – Release No. 1: A 2013 blend of three brandies distilled by Germain-Robin from Roederer Estate pinot noir in 2002, 2003, and 2004, then aged an additional 10 years. 311 bottles straight from the cask, unfiltered. Rich, subtle, wonderful fruit, great length. Truly fabulous: a cognac of this quality would sell for at least $1500. Limit of 1 bottle per customer. A bargain.
750 ml / 44% ABV
GERMAIN-ROBIN Barrel V154 Chenin Blanc: Single barrel of 1985 old-vine Chenin Blanc from the Wegner vineyard. It has aged absolutely perfectly: deep Chenin fruit, huge concentration of flavor. The aromatics are wonderfully intense. We have 12 bottles. Limit 1 bottle per customer.
750 ml / 44.3% ABV
GERMAIN-ROBIN Barrel 351: Single barrel of 1987 Pinot Noir from the Welch vineyards in Potter Valley. Great concentration of flavor, the angel’s share over 27 years leaving 44.9% from the original 71%. Our most noble brandy. 30 bottles remain. Limit 1 bottle per customer.
750 ml / 44.9% ABV
GERMAIN-ROBIN Cask 17.2: Our best stuff, 25-30 years old, married another year in a tiny cask that holds only 15 bottles worth. A customer after tasting it bought 6 bottles: “I don’t want to drink anything else.” This is the second batch, of which we still have 8 bottles. Rich rich rich/deep deep deep. It takes some 35 minutes to fully open in the glass. Limit 1 bottle per customer.
750 ml / 45.5% ABV