Fanny Fougerat ‘Le Laurier D’Apollon’ 2010 Vintage Cognac
Fanny Fougerat is a fourth generation distiller. Her family had been selling to the big houses that dominate Cognac for years; she is the first in her family to bottle her own Cognac. Growing in the renowned Borderies appellation as well as a small amount in the Fins Bois, she also bottles everything without any additives. A rarity, sure, but not unheard of. What is completely unique about her approach is something perhaps borrowed from the trends of the American whiskey world: all of her bottlings are single barrel releases, never blended. They are also lovely, distinct, and terroir driven, about as far away from the lifeless, caramel driven blends put out by the big houses her small family estate originally made its money selling to.
The limited 'Le Laurier D'Apollon' 2010 vintage was made with Ugni Blanc grapes from outside of the Fougerat vineyards, in the Petite Champagne. Aged for 7 years in French Oak, expect aromas of floral and lightly spicy aromas, with a palate full of juicy peach, chamomile, white pepper, subtly integrated oak, and vanilla.