Maison Augier, arguably the oldest producer in the region, was established in 1643 by wine merchant Philippe Augier.
Records have been lost to the nature of family business for much of the following two centuries; the brand resurfaced in 1966 after being acquired by Seagram. In 2001 Seagram’s portfolio was split between Diageo and Pernod Ricard, with the latter taking ownership of the Augier brand. The current Augier range focuses on grape varietals and terroir rather than age statements (VS, VSOP, XO etc.). Le Singulier is a non-age-statement, single grape (Folle Blanche variety) cognac made form grapes harvested from Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne growing regions of Cognac. It scored 90 points at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
Nose: rich and aromatic, ripe grapes, peaches, nectarines, raisins, pears, vanilla, caramel and perfectly integrated oaky notes.
Palate: fruity and mildly spicy, apricots, plums, sultanas, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and subtle oaky notes.
Finish: fairly long, fruity and pleasantly spicy, extension to the palate.