Old & Rare

The distillery in 1982. The building to the right is the ranch barn.

The distillery in 1982. The building to the right is the ranch barn.

Our cellars contain some 1400 barrels, equal to 60,000 cases. About 25% of this brandy was distilled between 1983 and 1998, thus over 15 years old.

Our cellars contain some 1400 barrels, equal to 60,000 cases. About 25% of this brandy was distilled between 1983 and 1999.

In 1981, a chance encounter between Ansley Coale and Hubert Germain-Robin, whose family had produced cognac for some 200 years, led to the construction of the modest shed pictured at left. Among their innovations was the decision to distill wines made from premium wine-grape varietals, in preference to the thin acidic wines distilled in Cognac. Germain-Robin has been hand-distilling these wines for 31 years. Their distilling wines are vinified in bladder presses and controlled-temperature stainless steel tanks, using champagne yeasts. What Germain-Robin puts into their stills is the finest distillation material in current use anywhere.

Hubert distilled these wines using ancestral double-distillation cognac methods, craft hand methods passed from master to apprentice for generations. The stills are antiques, operated entirely by hand. Preserving these ancestral methods by putting them to use in the modern world was one of the partners’ fundamental goals.

Germain-Robin also uses ancestral methods in the cellar, aging in air-dried Limousin oak. The brandies are segregated by varietal, preserving the distinctive characteristics of the fine grape varietals from which they derive. Descent to bottling proof uses filtered rainwater.

The complexity of their cellar is unmatched: brandies from some 22 grape varietals. No other cellar can draw on such a wide range of flavors and aromas, and no distillery can match the potential complexity and balance of Germain-Robin brandies.

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Old & Rare Brandies


  • Barrel V154 Chenin Blanc

    A spectacular 1985 Chenin Blanc, whose grapes came from Don Wegner's old-vine planting in the south Ukiah Valley that was regrafted to Chardonnay in 1987. It was one of our favorite grapes. There has been significant evaporative loss. In aging, what evaporates is water and pure alcohol. The flavors and aromas (the esters) remain, meaning that they are increasingly concentrated (and deeper) as the years pass and the volume of liquid in the barrel diminishes.

    750 ml / 44.3% abv

    $600.00

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  • Cask 48 XO

    Custom blended and labeled for Disney World Orlando on April 19, 2001. This brandy averaged 10 years old when it was bottled in 2001 and has now spent another 15 years getting better. It is fruity and deep. We have a few cases of it available.

    750 ml / 40.1% abv

    $110.00

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  • Cask 17

    12 bottles/year. Corley creates a blend from the best of our stock of old brandies, 25-30 years old, then ages it for 12 additional months in a 9-liter cask.

    750 ml / 45.5% abv

    $1,200.00

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  • GR/30

    Brandy from 30 years ago, bottled in September of 2014. Distillates from 1983 and 1984, unfiltered.

    750 ml

    $500.00

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  • Barrel 351

    Assembled in 1990 on the occasion of the birth of Ansley Coale’s son, using distillates from 1988-1989, then aged 22 more years in a 50-liter cask. 60 bottles only.

    750 ml / 44.9% abv

    $600.00

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  • Augustín’s Blend

    Assembled in 1990 on the occasion of the birth of Ansley Coale’s son, using distillates from 1988-1989, then aged 22 more years in a 50-liter cask. 60 bottles only.

    750 ml / 42.7% abv

    $700.00

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  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Anno Domini 2009

    More than 25 years old. Better than Remy`s Louis XIII at 1/4 the price. Incredible product: you can't believe that something with so much flavor could be so soft. G-R used to release 300 bottles annually but no longer has sufficient stock of the old pinot noir it is based on: these are the last bottles of what Robb Report (in 2000) named the world's best spirit. We've heard knowledgeable persons say that they have never tasted anything better. Richard Carlton Hacker ranked the AD 2000 as one of his 5 "Cognacs of the Century," and the Spirit Journal named the AD 2001 the category's product of the year, ahead of a $5000 cognac from Courvoisier. Almost entirely pinot noir, with a hint of old-vine palomino: the palomino's suavity comes in at mid-palate.

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $400.00

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  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Old Havana

    Limited annual release, some 360 bottles. The original blend was created and bottled in 1996-97; Germain-Robin stopped bottling Old Havana in 2001. In 2009, the 5 remaining barrels were used to start a solera. Contains brandies over 25 years old. Rich and deeply fruited; Armagnac drinkers tend to prefer it. “One of the world’s great spirits” (Mens’s Journal)

    750 ml / 40% abv

    $120.00

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  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Apple Brandy XO

    Germain-Robin has distilled apples since 1992, and began releasing small bottlings in 1998. The XO is a single barrel drawn from our early distillations, deep and very complex, with none of the heaviness that so often deadens old French Calvados.

    750 ml / 40.2% abv

    $90.00

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Small Blends

To prepare this series of one-time blends, Germain-Robin systematically tasted through all their brandies distilled prior to 2000. These carefully assembled blends are unique and will never be duplicated.


  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Small Blend no. 1

    (2011 – 220 bottles) Includes a 1990 pinot noir from Mendocino County’s oldest planting  and a rich 1983 French colombard, twenty-eight years old. Unfiltered.

    750 ml / 41.8% abv

    $235.00

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  • Small Blend no. 2

    76 cases. 1984 Gamay Beaujolais, 1989 Colombard, 1994 Pinot Noir. Unfiltered.

    750 ml / 44.5% abv

    $300.00

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  • Small Blend no. 3

    78 cases. 1996 Pinot Noir, 1985 Pinot/Gamay, 1997 Colombard, and a 1996 blend of Muscat, Riesling, & Viognier. Unfiltered.

    750 ml / 43% abv

    $285.00

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Single-Barrel Releases

Brandy from a specific varietal of premium wine grape, aged in a single barrel. Excellent grapes yield brandies with distinctive varietal character, worth drinking unblended. An occasional barrel is spectacular: vintage, vineyard, good luck. Single-Barrel brandies are aged in older Limousin oak barrels (V for vieux, “old”) and brought to bottling proof using filtered rainwater. All of these single-barrel releases have received  from Pacult’s Spirit Journal.


  • Single-Barrel V320 Riesling

    Wonderfully aromatic. Distilled from lees wine (very flavorful) in 1998.

    750 ml / 41.6% abv

    $180.00

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  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Single Barrel Colombard

    Distilled in 1986 from old-vine Hildreth Ranch grapes. Beautifully soft, disturbingly easy to drink. Colombard is one of the allowed cognac varietals: here's a chance to compare our work with French bottlings. Five stars from Spirit Journal.

    750 ml / 42.8% abv

    $180.00

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  • GERMAIN-ROBIN Single-barrel 100% Pinot Noir

    Distilled in 2001 from wine purchased from Roederer Estate (the noted Anderson Valley sparkling wine producer) . Exceptional. Aan earlier pinot noir release was "Perfect"... Five stars - Paul Pacult/SPIRIT JOURNAL.

    750 ml / 41.6% abv

    $150.00

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