Brandy, Eau-de-Vie, Grappa

Capovilla Grappa di Bassano 750ml

Capovilla spirits are truly labors of love. The Bassano bottling consists of pommace from a variety of grapes from Vicenza. The secret to the rich, broad flavors is the rare still that Vittorio Gianni Capovilla uses. Called a bain-marie still, it heats the pommace at low temperatures to maintain the grape flavors and not create the offensive, alcoholic tones that mars many more commercial Grappa productions. We are extremely happy that Jan d'Amore has decided to import these spirits, and strongly recommend that Grappa and Eau-de-vie fans try them. JR

  • grappa
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

Capovilla Moscato Fior d'Arancio 375ml

This is a single variety grappa bottling featuring the wonderfully aromatic "Uva Moscota Fior d'Arancio." Vittorio Gianni Capovilla uses his rare bain-marie still to slowly distill and preserve the lively honey and citrus qualities of the grape. Grappa fans will note the extreme purity and freshness of the spirit and applaud Jan d'Amore for bringing it to the American market. John Rankin

  • grappa
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

  • eau-de-vie
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

Cobra Fire Eau de Vie de Raisin Domaine d'Esperance

Unaged brandy does not get nearly enough love these days! Cobrafire came about as a result of a tasting at the Domaine d'Esperance where they were able to try a sample of the brandy straight from the still before it went to barrel. They couldn't believe how delicious it was as is, convinced the distillers to bottle it on it's own for PM Spirits, and so Cobrafire was born. The base is a blend of Folle Blanche and Baco Blanche, distilled once and then bottled with no water added at 51.3% ABV. The name would suggest that this is particularly hot and rough around the edges, but the truth is it's actually really clean and well made. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • brandy
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • brandy
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $12.99

Domaine d'Aurensan 2009 Armagnac-Ténarèze Single Cask

This is a particularly intriguing single-cask from Domaine d'Aurensan, a tiny estate run by the Rozès family in Ténarèze. A pretty standard 420 liter Gascon oak cask was filled in 2009 (from grapes from the same vintage, a warm and ripe year) and aged without topping-off for 10 years, upon which the barrel yielded only 110 liters of spirit. Bottled at a cask strength of 43%, there was some crazy evaporation that must have happened here, and it produced an Armagnac that is beguiling. Rich, full, and phenomenally viscous, the nose explodes with raisin, sultana, prune, walnut, dried cherries, dry spice, vanilla, nutmeg, and leather. The palate is complex, introducing more spice, nuttiness, and an herbal, slightly menthol character. An insanely long finish. It feels much older than the 10-year age statement, but also hasn't yet developed any balsamic-y rancio character you would associate with very old brandy. It's just bold, assertive, and terribly expressive. Oskar Kostecki

  • brandy
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • brandy
  • 1 in stock
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  • $52.99

Dudognon 10 Year Old Cognac Grande Champagne 'Reserve'

The Dudognon Reserve is one of the best values in Cognac. Made without additives or coloring, it's a pale gold color with subtle citrus and white fruit aromas. The palate is clean and long with tea, earth, citrus and spice. Far superior to the brand-name VS or VSOP blends and really worth trying. John Rankin

  • brandy
  • 8 in stock
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  • $46.99

  • brandy
  • 5 in stock
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  • $119.99

  • 1 in stock
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  • $39.99

Gourry de Chadeville Cognac Grande Fine Champagne Overproof

From one of the oldest estates in Cognac, established in 1619, comes this rather modern brandy! Rare for the spirits of this region, this bottle contains no additives, including coloring, caramel, or boise, and no chill-filtering. Made in the Premier Cru territory, Grande Fine Champagne, from a blend of the three grapes of Cognac, Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Folle Blanche. It is co-fermented and then distilled in a wood-fired copper pot still to ensure that the most esters are preserved in the distillation. It's bottled relatively young, after three years, and overproof at 55% ABV making it perfect for cocktails. Sidecars are making a comeback these days, or try it in a Sazerac the way it used to be made! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • brandy
  • 11 in stock
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  • $55.99

  • brandy
  • 15 in stock
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  • $45.99

Guillon-Painturaud Cognac Grande Champagne VSOP

Guillon-Painturaud's VSOP is a fantastic 15-year-old Cognac that punches way above its price point. This spirit is all about fresh orange and sweet marmalade fruits with plenty of cut. We are happy to be able to carry this independent producer's fantastic Cognac, and the 15-hectare estate that can trace its history back to 1610 is an exciting find. JR

  • brandy
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $58.99

Huard 2002 Calvados Le Pertyer Hors d'Age

Our Chambers Street selection of Calvados was distilled in 2002 and was aged in a barrel that previously held cider and Pommeau (cider and Calvados blended together). From the diary of John Rankin: The barrel that we bought has candied apple and toffee cream flavors and is surprisingly juicy and fruit-forward, even with a fair amount of age and alcohol percentage. It shows the influence of Pommeau and cider more than barrel, along with richness and a long finish of exotic citrus and dark-toned flowers. Tim Gagnon

  • brandy
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

Hunter Moon Immature Brandy

The ladies at Hunter Moon are doing their best to bring back eau-de-vie (otherwise known as 'unaged brandy') with this delicious example. This is truly natural wine-making distilled, a rarity in the spirits world. The base for their brandy comes from Farrm Wines on the North Fork of Long Island, a Demeter certified vineyard, with a blend of 80% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc, fermented entirely with native yeasts. It is then distilled in a hybrid copper/pot still, rested in glass, and then bottled at 50%ABV. Notes of honey, cherry blossom, and fresh herbs on the nose, with a soft, lush texture on the palate. I think this makes a killer Vesper variation, but it would also be great as a base for tinctures or bitters! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • brandy
  • 9 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Laurent Cazottes NV Goutte de Reine-Claude Brandy 375 ml

Laurent Cazottes is undoubtedly one of the finest distillers in the entire world. Farming  grapes and fruit trees biodynamically in the Tarn department in Southwest France, he is crafting some of the purest expressions of fruit brandy that I have ever tasted. This beautiful greengage plum (Reine-Claude in French) brandy comes from a small .7 hectare grove of ancient trees, and Laurent hand peels and de-seeds the fruit before fermenting and distilling. I've never had the pleasure of tasting greengage plums, this old heirloom variety is nearly extinct in the US, but this exceptionally crafted distillate more than makes up for it. A wonderful way to finish a meal, and a real treat! Oskar Kostecki

  • brandy
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • marc
  • 22 in stock
  • $74.99

Pellehaut 1989 Armagnac Ténarèze Ugni Blanc

This Armagnac shows a vibrant orange color with hints of caramel. Tastes mature, but even after 30 years in cask there is a grippy quality and some citrus-toned fruit. This is an excellent introduction to vintage Armagnac and a fabulous value.  John Rankin

  • brandy
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • 1 in stock
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  • $39.99

  • brandy
  • 11 in stock
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  • $42.99

Through the Grapevine Cognac Fin Bois Remi Landier Lot 73

I am astounded by the freshness that this old Cognac carries. A single cask from the outlying appellation of Fin Bois, this was distilled in 1973 by the Landier family from grapes grown in clay-limestone soils. It has a beautiful, lifted aromatic profile, with notes of citrus, tangerine, orange zest, orange marmalade, white flowers, apple, pear, and darker aromas of plum and toffee. There is a hint of rancio and baking spice, and while you can feel the age of the spirit, the roundness it carries on the palate and its phenomenal length, there is also a vibrancy to the fruit character that I've never experienced in a Cognac this old. A truly unique expression. Bottled at 47.8% ABV. Oskar Kostecki

  • 3 in stock
  • $264.99

  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99