Germain-Robin 30 Year OldBrandy California
Masterfully blended 30 year old brandy, this is from the first grapes ever distilled at Germain-Robin Distillery. A blend of Gamay, Colombard and Pinot Noir grown in Northern California distilled and aged in used Cognac barrels that are around 100 years old. There is a depth of character in this that is remarkable and unparalleled in American Brandy. Rancio, bright acidity and a seamless marriage of fruit and oak with a touch of dry spice and a long and elegant finish. Truly one of the finest brandies available, and with less than 300 bottles available for the world it won't be around for long.
While driving up Highway 101 over 30 years ago, Ansley Coale picked up a random hitchhiker. His name was Hubert Germain-Robin, a descendant (dating back to 1782) of the Jules Robin Cognac family. They discussed how the art of distillation was dying due to the industrialization of Cognac and decided to embark on a parthership that would bring a hand-operated alambic still and the fine art of making artisan brandy to the U.S. After years of perfecting their "craft-method" of premium grape selection, distillation and barrel aging, they now hold the largest cellar of old brandies in the U.S., which has given them all the ingredients to produce spectacular blends that not only rival, but surpass the icons of Cognac.
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