VSOP Cognac A.O.C.
Maison Gautier - Aigre, France
70cl - 40% - cork stoppper
We are very pleased to be able to offer you this superb, award-winning artisanal Cognac at a fantastic price. Yes, we accept that this is by definition a wine website, but Cognac is made by distilling wine after all, and this example fits in with our business philosophy of offering bargain prices.
Founded in 1755 and given a royal warrant, Maison Gautier, a small yet prestigious house has been producing iconic Cognac ever since. Cognac is one of only two spirits having Appellation Controllée status in France - the other one being Calvados - with strict guidelines. It must be made from grapes from a specific region, which itself is sub-divided, and the resultant wines must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais.
Maison Gautier VSOP is specially crafted from the four leading crus of the Cognac region (Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Bons Bois), and is a blend of aged eaux de vie with an average age of 4½ - 6 years. Wines would be produced in separate batches from all of the contributing crus, then each wine would also be separately distilled and placed in barrels for ageing. The various spirits are then meticulously blended by a master blender using countless years of experience to produce this rich and balanced Cognac.
Let's dispel a few myths. Champagne Cognac is not made from Champagne grapes - they are in fact Ugni Blanc. Champagne is a French word describing a certain type of countryside (compagne), one with rolling Chalk hills, and is applied both to a small region around the town of Cognac and to a larger area to the north east where they produce the eponymous sparkling wine. It is similar in concept to England having the Yorkshire Wolds and the Lincolnshire Wolds - separate but the same topography and geology.
Then to the old adage - all Cognac is Brandy, but not all Brandy is Cognac. Cognac has strict ageing requirements and specific nomenclatures. VS Cognac has to have a minimum of 2 years in barrel; the VSOP of a cognac house has to be twice the age of its VS; and the XO three times the age of the VS. It can thus be seen that a VSOP can be as young as 4 years old whereas the major houses offer VSOP Cognacs of greater maturity - such as this Gautier example. Direct price comparisons are therefore pointless. Ordinary brandy has no controlling body. Brandies can be seen with the wording 5 stars, VSOP and Napoleon all on the same label!
By the way. due to the predominance of British companies in establishing the Cognac market centuries ago, the acronym VSOP has an English basis - "Very Special Old Pale". The French jokingly say "Versez Sans Oublier Personne" - "pour not forgetting anyone".
This is a very smooth and luscious Cognac. Amber in colour, a subtle nose of vanilla and fruit with flavours of oak, apple and light citrus coming through on the palate. Can either be enjoyed neat on the rocks or in a long drink to reveal all its refreshing flavours.
Awarded a GOLD MEDAL at the International Wines and Spirits Competition 2015 and additionally listed as "OUTSTANDING".
Exactly the same Cognac was available in larger M&S outlets over Christmas 2017- and they only stock the best. There it is on sale for its regular price of £35.
Binendwines' price is £25.95, but we have limited stocks left over from the festive period - but when it's gone - it's gone.
Sorry but we do not have the facility to send single bottles. Must form part of a 12 bottle order.