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March 20, 2024 / Learn Domaine Serene Brandy: A Masterpiece of Barrel Aging

At Domaine Serene, we take pride in crafting exceptional wines that embody the essence of our terroir and expertise. Now, we're thrilled to share with you our latest creation: Domaine Serene Brandy. Crafted through a meticulous barrel aging process, our brandy captures the refined elegance and distinctive qualities that set it apart.

Our passion for crafting exceptional brandy begins with our exceptional, award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Hand-selected for their quality and character, these grapes undergo a meticulous three-week fermentation period to capture the essence of our fresh aromatics. We employ cold and slow fermentation techniques to draw out the full flavor profile, ensuring an authentic taste experience without the use of sulfur. We then distill in very small batches, carefully nurturing each lot throughout their entire journey.

Our Brandy is then curated through a diligent aging process. This process begins with the careful selection of barrels, where we combine used Domaine Serene barrels with new French oak spirit barrels. Sourced from the renowned Limousin Forest, our spirit barrels provide the perfect environment for aging and ensure the development of rich flavors and aromatics. These barrels are specifically selected by Domaine Serene. They are produced by iconic barrel producer Seguin Moreau Cooperage, who has been making barrels for centuries for the best cognac producers in the world. While the Domaine Serene Pinot Noir barrels highlight the influence of the wine, the spirits barrels impart new oak aromas, soften the palate, and enhance the brandy's color. This rotation allows for the development of distinct barrel notes, which contribute to the overall flavor profile.

For five years, our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Brandy’s matured in this combination of barrels, allowing them to evolve and integrate seamlessly. By taking the time to age our Brandy in carefully selected barrels, we create a spirit that showcases the depth, richness, and complexity that can only be achieved through proper aging.  It is during this time that the brandy acquires its distinctive character, reflecting the unique qualities of Domaine Serene.

Once aged to perfection, our skilled winemaking team expertly assembles the blend, ensuring that each bottle of Domaine Serene Brandy truly reflects our dedication to the art of the blend. At this stage, the brandy stands proudly at cask strength, a testament to its unbridled potency and potential. Over the next three months, we gently proof the spirit down with water sourced from our very own property in the Dundee Hills.. From the initial blending to the slow proofing process, every step is guided by our commitment to excellence, resulting in a brandy that is as refined as it is unforgettable.

With captivating aromas and exquisite flavors, Domaine Serene Brandy embodies the artistry of barrel aging and the beauty of our vineyards. Whether enjoyed neat or as part of a crafted cocktail, each sip offers a glimpse into the rich history and tradition of Domaine Serene. We invite you to elevate your spirits to new heights with Domaine Serene Brandy.

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Pinot Noir VSOP Brandy label and glass

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