Gautier Cognac is amongst the oldest Cognac houses. Gautier is based in Aigre on the Osme river, and ages in an 18th century water mill. It remained in the possession of the Gautier family for ten generations until Marie Brizard bought the house in 1995. Ten years later it was bought by Belvedere Group, who is still the current owner. Gautier has always produced a relatively small amount of Cognac, concentrating mainly on quality and expertise.
Gautier VS is a blend of cognacs from different regions that have been matured for a minimum of two and a maximum of four years.In Estonia Gautier VS can be found on 70cl glass bottles or 50cl plastic bottles. The price of a 50cl bottle is around 13€.
Gautier VS is a very light cognac.There is really nothing in the nose, just a hint of fruit and vanilla. The taste is dry, sharp, very young with clear alcohol notes. Short aftertaste with the light bitterness and fine pepperiness of the oak is on display. A small amount of water softens the burn of alcohol and brings a little chocolate and vanilla aromas.
Gautier VS is young, too young, where the sharpness of alcohol has not yet calmed down. The distillate is like wrenched out of the barrel too early, before it have had enough chances to detach some flavours from it. A small addition of water or a piece of ice clearly improves the taste, although the aftertaste is still slightly bitter. I do not recommend buying Gautier VS for drinking neat, but it is certainly suitable for mixes and is very affordable.