Brandy - Cognac
Gautier VS Fine Cognac
This is a Tier 2 score in the Brandy category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
Maison Gautier is one of the oldest cognac houses tracing its heritage back to 1644 when one Charles Gautier married Jacquette Brochet, who father was in the wine business. The house has been in family ownership for a subsequent 10 generations. In 1755, the house was granted a royal warrant to produce cognac by King Louis XV, which represents the true founding of the business. The cellars are located in damp conditions near a former watermill on the Osme River, below the water line with some eau-de-vie stretching back to 1844. The cognac house was acquired by the Belvedere Group in 2006.
Gautier VS ("very special") cognac is the youngest of the cognacs offered by the house which they describe as "perfectly balanced." They suggest looking for a hint of vanilla on the palate.