Brandy, Cognac & Pisco

Maison Surrenne Cognacs, the fabulous Germain-Robin “Alambic” brandies, and piscos from PiscoLOGIA are based on grapes. They’re all distilled on a pot still like the one in the photograph, an alambic charantais (Armagnac, another famous grape brandy, uses a different kind of pot still).

Germain-Robin brandies are hand-distilled using high-quality varietal wine grapes from Northern California, where the rich loam and intense summer heat make for brandies with exceptional depth and finish.

The Cognac region is cool and rainy, so its grapes tend not to make great table wine; soil characteristics have a great deal to do with cognac quality. For that reason, Maison Surrenne does very little blending of their cognacs, preserving the rich variation between the regional soils.

Pierre de Segonzac   family-owned since 1702. One of the last estate cognacs: hand-distilled from grapes grown in the distillery’s small vineyard near Segonzac, home to some of Cognac’s finest grapes. The estate, La Nérolle, and the vineyard are in the heart of Cognac’s finest grand champagne soils.

PiscoLOGIA is the best of several little-known treasures from Peru. Pisco is a grape brandy tightly regulated to enforce ancestral methods.



Germain-Robin Brandy

POT STILL BRANDIES distilled by hand, using craft methods on a small antique cognac still. Germain-Robin was twice named Best Spirit by ROBB REPORT, ahead of The Macallan 18 and Richard Hennessy $1500 cognac.

Hubert Germain-Robin, the first distiller to use wines from world-class grapes, created one of the world’s great spirits. Hubert took an antique still from an abandoned distillery near Cognac and brought it to Ansley Coale’s Mendocino County ranch. Hubert distilled using ancient craft methods passed for centuries from master to apprentice.  But he broke with tradition by distilling wines made from premium wine grapes. Cognacs derive most of their flavor from their soils and the regions grapes make insipid wine.  Hubert discovered that the rich, complex, and deeply-fruited grapes used to make Northern California’s renowned table wines would produce correspondingly rich, complex, and deeply-fruited brandies.

The brand was sold to E & J Gallo Winery in 2017; what we have is the bottlings below and a number of fabulous older brandies listed in the OLD & RARE section.


  • GERMAIN-ROBIN California Alambic Brandy

    Assembled by Hubert Germain-Robin from original barrels. 7-year-old brandy based on French Colombard wine, beautifully complex and fruity. Colombard is one of Cognac’s original grapes; in Mendocino’s warm dry summers moderated by afternoon sea breezes, Colombard yields great distilling wine, rich and deep.  

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $80.00

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  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Heirloom Apple Brandy

    Delicately distilled Anderson Valley heirloom cultavars:  Wickson, Ribston Pippin, Arkansas Black, plus malolactically fermented Gravenstein.  Lovely soft aromatics, long lasting flavor. Limit 2 bottles per customer.  

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $65.00

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  • Germain Robin XO

    GERMAIN-ROBIN Select Barrel XO

    120 bottles. Assembled by Hubert Germain-Robin from original barrels. Average age is some 17 years. Mostly Pinot Noir going back to 1994, with a beautiful 2000 Semillon. Rich, subtle, and elegant. Limit 2 bottles per customer

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $135.00

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  • GERMAIN-ROBIN GR/30

    Pinot Noir and Colombard from 1983 and 1984. Pinot elegance, Colombard breadth and depth. We have fewer than 30 bottles. Limit 1 bottle per customer.

    750 ml

    $500.00

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  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Old Havana

    What’s left of the 2017 release of some 360 bottles. Contains brandies over 25 years old. Rich and deeply fruited: Armagnac drinkers tend to prefer it. “One of the world’s great spirits” (MEN’S JOURNAL). Limit 1 bottle per customer.

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $120.00

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  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Single Barrel Colombard

    Colombard was once Cognac’s best grape, before phylloxera. Paul Pacult wrote “Buy! Buy!” One of our best. We have 12 bottles. Limit 1 bottle per customer.

    750 ml / 42.8% abv

    $180.00

    Out of Stock




Infusion Works

Developing these recipes took three years.  Unlike the artificial garbage being peddled as flavored whiskey, these infused brandies are beautifully crafted from genuine ingredients by Germain-Robin’s Joseph Corley.  Corley infuses the blend with macerated fresh and dried fruit and, in the Exotica, select spices. Craft production at its best.


  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Infusion Works – Dark Cherry

    Infused with fresh and dried pie cherries (Montmorencies ) and a small amount of ripe Bings. Has fresh cherry aromatics, not easy to capture.

    750 ml

    $60.00

    Out of Stock


  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Infusion Works – Seville Orange

    Infused with the peel of the citrus aurantium, sourced in Curacao. This bitter Sevillee orange is the base for Cointreau and Grand Marnier.  Corley avoids their heavy use of sugar used to disguise the roughness of the spirit (Grand Marnier is more than 30% sugar). See http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/08/which-is-the-best-orange-liqueur-triple-sec-curacao-cointreau-grand-marnier-reviews.html for a summary of bitter-orange liqueurs.

    750 ml

    $60.00

    Out of Stock


  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Infusion Works – Exotica

    Infused with Madagascan vanilla (using the pods, an art). Corley adds a hint of subtle spice.

    750 ml

    $60.00

    Out of Stock




Maison Surrenne Cognac

Surrenne comes from Cognac’s largest remaining family-owned producer, Tiffon/Braastad: four distilleries and eight stone aging cellars. They have extensive stocks of old cognacs, pure & unblended.  Maison Surrenne selects distinctive and authentic small-lot cognacs: from specific districts, from single vintages, even from single barrels. No other cognacs come close to matching their quality at these prices. www.surrenne.com

For more info see craftdistillers.com


  • MAISON SURRENNE COGNAC

    Fin Bois cognacs from Surrenne’s own vineyards. Excellent price for the quality.

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $48.00

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  • MAISON SURRENNE Distillerie Galtaud 100% Borderies

    Single-cask 100% Borderies 13 years old. Galtauld was founded in 1800 in the commune of Mainx. Unusually deep fruit and volume with the region’s typical hint of violet.

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $100.00

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  • MAISON SURRENNE Ancienne Distillerie 100% Petite Champagne

    MAISON SURRENNE 100% Petite Champagne

    100% petite champagne. Clean, complex, fruity, and very well-distilled. It won a double gold medal (in the XO category!) in the SF Spirits Competition. Rated a “Best Buy” by Wine Enthusiast.

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $135.00

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  • MAISON SURRENNE Single Vintage XO 100 % Grande Champagne

    100% grande champagne, 25+ years old, from Surrenne’s Madame, Figon, Brunetiere, and Moreau cellars. Delicate yet profound XO from Cognac’s premier region, with plenty of the region’s depth and finish. Great price. Classic hint of orange in the nose.

    750 ml / 41.2% abv

    $150.00

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Rare Old Cognacs

The sort of cognacs you might get to taste out of an age-darkened barrel on a visit to an artisan producer – if he was in a good mood. We select these rare cognacs for their extraordinary quality. These are the finest cognacs on the market.


  • MAISON SURRENNE Tonneau No. 1

    Inconceivably rich. Century-old petite champagne cognacs assembled in a large tun in 1922, topped off annually for more than 95 years. Astonishing complexity: contains dozens of very old cognacs. There’s hardly any finish, which happens to old petite champagne. One of a kind: an amazing taste experience. Average age approaches 120 years.

    750 ml / 41.9% abv

    $270.00

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  • MAISON SURRENNE Lot 1975/David Picoron

    1975 grande champagne from a single vineyard in Verrieres, near Segonzac, the epicenter of the region’s finest grapes. The south slope vineyard yields beautiful rich flavor. Extreme finesse.

    750 ml

    $350.00

    Out of Stock


  • MAISON SURRENNE Unblended 1946 grande champagne

    Distilled on a wood-fired still by Hubert Portier from grapes grown in his family vineyard near Bilhouet in the first vintage following WWII. 1946 was one of Cognac’s great vintages, and this man knew his grapes very well. Astonishing fruit and complexity. One of the finest cognacs ever made. Not always in stock.

    750 ml / 41.9% abv

    $600.00

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  • MAISON SURRENNE Heritage 2

    Taken from a glass carboy, now in the Surrenne cellars, that was purchased from the cellar of a distiller near Cherves-Richemont in the tiny Borderies region. The cognac appears in cellar records: over 100 years old. It is very rich, with a deep presence in the mouth that comes only from long aging.

    750 ml / 41.9% abv

    $1,200.00

    Out of Stock


  • MAISON SURRENNE Cask 356

    We believe this to be the finest cognac in bottle. Assembled in 1961 by Surrenne’s former cellar-master, Hilaire Guilbaud, from the  house’s finest old grande champagne cognacs. The blend aged for another 53 years in a single cask. Every component is well over 100 years old. 12 bottles imported each year: we get 6 of them.

    750 ml / 42.2% abv

    $2,000.00

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Pierre de Segonzac

“We age our cognacs mostly in used Limousin, to allow the lovely fruit flavors and aromatics to reveal and deepen themselves against a modest backdrop of fine oak. Our cellars are not large, but rich in older cognacs. In them are barrels distilled by my great-grandfather” – Pablo Ferrand


  • Pierre de Segonzac Cognac

    Includes cognacs distilled 12 years ago. Deliberately low alcohol content in the distilling wine means deep concentration of flavor. Rich and complex, with the flowery fruit of younger cognacs.

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $79.00

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  • Pierre de Segonzac Cognac XO

    All the renowned attributes of grande champagne. Amazing full length, deep focused flavors: pure elegant gold. A wonderful rancio: there are cognacs in the blend 37 years old. Great value for its age. Scarce.

     

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $165.00

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Pisco LOGIA

The PiscoLOGIA folks are serious: estate- grown grapes, extreme care in every aspect of cultivation/harvest/vinification/ production. They double the required months of resting time before bottling. These brandies are unusually clean, pure, well-distilled (300-liter copper pot still). We like this stuff.

We’ve seen two tasting reviews (one from Peru, with a gold medal) of multiple piscos: both put Pisco LOGIA Acholado number one.

Check out their website www.piscologia.com


  • PISCO LOGIA Acholado

    Nicely-balanced blend of brandies from the Quebranta and the aromatic Italia grape (a tasty cross between Bican and Hamburg Muscat). Fruity, subtle, and citric, with a hint of rich Muscat.

    750 ml / 42% abv

    $40.00

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  • PISCO LOGIA Puro Quebranta

    Elegant and intense. Distilled 100% (“puro”) from the non-aromatic Quebranta grape. Non-aromatic varietals have a long history in pisco. Look to the palate instead of the nose to fully appreciate this brandy.

    750 ml / 42% abv

    $40.00

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