Augier Cognac Le Singulier: Standing Out for its Single Growth, Grape and Distillation Method
Le Singulier is a stand out Cognac for many reasons, but we'll just try to single out a few. What sets it apart is not only its Fine Champagne origins, premier cru provenance meaning it contains rich and complex eaux-de-vie, but in fact its use of an unusual and rare grape variety, the Folle Blanche.
The choice to use this single grape in Le Singulier's blend means it is marked by a remarkable aromatic intensity that many connoisseurs won't have experienced before (as 98% of Cognacs are produced using the Ugni Blanc grape...) This rare, forgotten and fabulous grape variety was almost entirely wiped out by the phylloxera disaster of 1875, meaning this selection is unique and highly sought amongst Cognac connoisseurs.
Augier Le Singulier Cognac has been produced using a single distillation method, a natural wine fine lees process that produces a more refined, expressive flavor profile, meaning the extensive array of aromas are individually identifiable, one after the other. This traditional "on the lees" method has been used in Cognac for centuries, handed down through the generations since the estate was founded in 1643, making it one of the oldest existing houses in the region.
Le Singulier Awards
Le Singulier has won many awards, including Gold at the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition in 2018, most likely thanks to its unique choice of eaux-de-vie, its Fine Champagne florality and of course, its aromatic intensity and complexity.
The nose is initially subtle and precise, but upon swirling you'll discover notes of pear, wild peach and apricot. The body is round and textured on the palate with an intense burst of fruit flavors with a gentle undercurrent of woody notes. This complex character is typical of the Folle Blanche grape, meaning you'll be able to enjoy distinguishing the difference in flavors when sipped alongside an Ugni Blanc-based Cognac for example.
How to Enjoy:
The experts at Augier recommend pairing this particular Cognac with toasted artisan bread with smoked, salted butter and a carpaccio of raw boletus mushrooms, the toast should be drizzled in walnut oils with some cocoa nuts. The earthy aromas of chestnut, honey and hay produced by this unique dish pair perfectly with the woody tones of Le Singulier, and balance nicely with the intense fruity palate it presents.
Presentation of the Bottle:
An artisanal and exquisite bottle houses this unique and singular Cognac. This makes for a perfect display piece. The unique green stopper offers an "authentic feel" and the countryside sketchings reinforce the traditional history and heritage of the Maison. The autumnal green and red colors hint at the warming wood and fruit notes hidden within.
I am not a huge cognac fan but this one is just great: i am not sure how old the cognac is but it tastes fairly mature. I was told that the typical taste in this is because of the grande champagne growth area.. obviously i am not really able to identify why. Compared to rum, whisky and gin (my normal territory) this is the first cognac i really like. good value for money ffor sure
About Augier Cognac
This may come as a surprise, but Cognac Augier is the oldest of all the existing cognac houses. It was established in 1643 by a wine merchant, during a time when the region was still finding out about the potential of its grapes, wine, and distilled eau-de-vie. No one knew at that time what a success story Cognac would soon have worldwide.
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