The Maison Surrenne bottlings were selected by the founders of Germain-Robin from the extensive holdings of Cognac’s largest remaining family-owned producer. Surrenne has specialized in volume sales: they distill and age cognacs sold in barrels to other producers for blending purpose. Surrenne operates four distilleries, including the ancient installation at Chateau Triac. The home distillery and cellar is on the Quai de l’Ile Madame on the banks of the Charente river in Jarnac. Surrenne’s eight major cellars hold extensive stocks of beautifully-made distillates that are maintained pure and unblended.
There is none of the deadening oakiness and heavy alcoholic presence that diminish many Grande cognacs. Look for profundity, richness, rare subtlety, excellent balance. The subtle hint of orange blossom is the hallmark of the finest of grande champagne.