In 1981, a chance encounter between Ansley Coale and Hubert Germain-Robin, whose family had produced cognac for some 200 years, led to the start-up known today as the Germain-Robin. For past 31 years, they have been hand-distilling premium varietal wines, in preference to the thin acidic wines distilled in Cognac. These wines are vinified in bladder presses and temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, using champagne yeasts. Hubert distills these wines using ancestral double-distillation cognac methods. The stills are antiques, operated entirely by hand. Preserving these methods by putting them to use in the modern world was one of their fundamental goals.
Hand-picked by our buyers from an array of barrel samples, Germain-Robin "DrinkUpNY Single Barrel" Custom Blend Reserve Alambic Brandy is crafted primarily from 1994, 2004 and 2005 vintages Pinot Noir from Roederer Estate and a blend of French Colombard, Viognier, Zinfandel and Chardonnay from the Mendocino county. The wines are hand distilled on an old fashioned alambic still and it was aged exclusively in Limousin oak from Tonnellerie Vicard and then brought to proof with rain water before bottling. No caramel or boise is ever used. The resulting brandy offers a soft richness with warm fruit flavors with subtle notes of lovely sweet oakiness.
Product of California
Alcohol by Volume: 42.2%