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Robb Report Magazine's panel of experts ranked Germain-Robin Select XO first, ahead of the $1500 "Richard Hennessy" cognac
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Germain-Robin is the only producer in the world to base its distilling material
on 100% world-class wine grapes. The Select Barrel XO is 80% Pinot Noir. No French producer distills grapes of this quality.
Ten barrels/year of XO alambic brandy, hand-distilled on our antique cognac still from twelve different
premium wine-grape sources, cellared in Limousin oak. The wine used for distillation is of unusual quality: premium varietals, notably Pinot Noir. Using such high-quality wine gives the XO a distinctively soft
richness of flavor and a wonderfully long and complex finish.
Simply the finest XO that exists —smoother, more balanced, more
complex than XO cognacs, with a subtle and distinctive Californian
fragrance & flavor of deep, rich fruit. This is the brandy we set out to make
when we founded GERMAIN-ROBIN. The high proportion of brandies
distilled from Pinot Noir lends elegance, fullness, and a smooth, lingering finish.
There is none of the over-oaked deadness on your palate, none of the
alcoholic roughness in your throat, that detract from aged European
spirits. No other grape spirit is made this way
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