LOcéanique is a cognac displaying maritime influences that originates from the Bois Ordinaires terroir on the Island of Oléron. It has an appealing mineral streak and a hint of the sea.
Typicité A single growth: Bois Ordinaires on the Island of Oléron.A little-known terroir influenced by the oceans spray, lending these coastal-born eaux-de-vie mineral notes and a hint of the sea.
A single grape: Ugni Blanc, traditional and authentic. a single distillation method.
Fine lees: racked. A distillation method that brings subtlety and purity by removing the fine lees naturally. found in the wine.
Alcohol by volume : 40,1%
Tasting notes A cognac displaying a maritime influence and mineral character. The body has a straightforward purity overlaying an appealing minerality. A floral, spiced bouquet bears traces of mild tobacco. This cognac is the product of fine eaux-de-vie from the Bois Ordinaires growth on the Island of Oléron. The blend has a lemon-yellow shade. At first, the nose displays maritime influences enhanced by subtle notes of mature citrus fruit, such as ripe lemon. On swirling, mineral and marine notes can be detected. The attack is brisk and direct with aromas of pink-grapefruit peel. A clearly defined mid palate is followed by a highly floral finish reminiscent of lemon-tree flowers. The final impression is of delicate spices and a hint of mild tobacco.
Pairing Conger eel singed by blowtorch with roasted buckwheat seeds and sea greens (saltwort or sea aster) We wanted something bold with a highly distinctive flavour to accompany such a pure-tasting cognac. The eels smoky, burnt taste enhances the mineral character of the spirit, underlining its hint of mild tobacco. The saltworts maritime tang and crunchy texture bring freshness, while the buckwheat adds some nicely balanced spice notes.
Personality Le Singulier is a highly aromatic, expressive cognac due to the gentle exuberance of a rare grape – the Folle Blanche.
Typicité A single growth: Fine Champagne. Well-known in the Cognac region, producing rich, complex eaux-de-vie.
A single grape: Folle Blanche, a rare, traditional variety with remarkable aromatic intensity.
A single distillation method: Wine fine lees: natural. A balance of aromatic expressiveness and finesse.
Alcohol by volume : 40,1%
Tasting notes This cognac is the product of fine eaux-de-vie from the Fine Champagne growth and the highly distinctive Folle Blanche grape. The blend has an attractive copper-yellow shade. The nose is, at first, subtle and precise. On swirling, fruit notes of pear, bush peach and apricot become apparent. After a brisk, direct attack typical of a spirit free from additives, the body is rounded and subtle on the palate. Intense fruit flavours are balanced by the understated wood aromas in the finish. This is a characterful cognac made from the forgotten Folle Blanche grape, which accounts for less than 1% of the appellations current plantings.
Pairing Toasted artisanal bread with smoked, salted butter, carpaccio of raw boletus mushrooms, walnut oil and cocoa nib. The crust of the bread gives off a unique scent that suggests a blend of chestnut, honey and hay. Rumour has it that olive stones are used in the baking, which takes place in traditional wood-fired ovens. The scent is even more remarkable when the bread leaves the oven or is reheated. It struck me as an obvious match when I discovered Le Singuliers aromatic richness.
Personality A high proportion of fine wine lees retained for distillation makes Le Sauvage a powerful cognac with good structure.
Typicity A single growth: Petite Champagne. Chalky soils give Le Sauvage structure and balance.
A single grape: Ugni Blanc, the Cognac regions emblematic variety.
A single distillation method: Fine wine lees: reinforced. - An original distillation method involving a high proportion of the wines fine lees (between 7 and 15%) to add power and structure.
Alcohol by volume : 40.8%
Tasting notes This cognac is the result of blending fine eaux-de-vie from the Petite Champagne growth. It has an attractive golden shade. The nose is at first powerful, a consequence of the spirit being distilled with its lees, and well structured. The attack is brisk and direct on the palate and the body displays complexity with fruit notes of candied apricot. The cognac comes from eaux-de-vie with intense aromas; the long, lightly-spiced finish has vanilla, cinnamon and clove notes. This distinctive, structured and powerful cognac owes its character to the high proportion of fine wine lees included during distillation.
Pairing Prickly pear roasted in honey, lemon and thyme. We opted for sweetness to go with such a powerful, energetic spirit. Prickly pears roasted in herbs and lemon become juicy and naturally caramelised. They have both the sweetness and the robustness to withstand Le Sauvage.
One distillation method Each of our blends reveals its own distinctive profile. We tailor our distillation method to the grapes and terroirs we use, to better accentuate our cognacs aromas. We modulate the proportion of the fine lees naturally present in the wine in our distillation: either to add power and richness or maintain aromatic subtlety. Currently we use three different levels; racked fine lees (0-2%) for purity and subtlety, natural fine lees (2-6%) for expressiveness and finesse, and added fine lees (7-15%) for power and structure.
We do not chill-filter our eaux-de-vie so that we can preserve their balance and aromatic complexity.
We prohibit any additives to preserve the character and purity of our spirits.We do not add caramel.
We determine the precise alcoholic strength for each of our Cognac to the nearest 0.1% for each of our eaux-de-vie to express more clearly the potential and organoleptic qualities of our blends.