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Our
PHILOSOPHY,
A Cognac made with heart and soul, without compromise.
At Maison
GAUTIER,
we are led by an inner quest. To create the most generous Cognac ever. A Cognac made with heart and soul, crafted without compromise. A Cognac with a unique signature, which is a reflection of us.
A Cognac crafted
with generosity.
Since 1755.
The final alchemy
With the same care, our small team of passionate craftsmen age our eaux-de-vie in an ancient watermill over the Osme river, because we know that it is the natural humidity of our cellars that gives our Cognac its unique rich, smooth character.
The final alchemy occurs when our skilled Maître de chai blends those extraordinary eaux-de-vie. This is how we achieve a truly unique Cognac for today's cognac enthusiasts. The one that sets the standards of excellence for those who believe that a Cognac experience should always be generous and authentic.
“DU GALT MER SUI”
“I am the Lord of the Forest”
OUR STORY
A Royal Warrant to produce cognac of 1755 and a founding charter signed by the King Louis XV.
Our roots
The story begins in the 17th century when the GAUTIER family were forest owners near the Tronçais forest in France. More than a skill, our ancestors developed a close relationship to oak, captured in the family's motto "DU GALT MER SUI" which means "I am the Lord of the Forest" in ancient French. This particular expertise is one of the key elements in mastering the long maturation process of our Cognac.
Royal Warrant
In 1644, Charles GAUTIER married Jacquette Brochet, a wine-maker's daughter. From 1700, their grandson, Louis GAUTIER, further expanded the Cognac activity.
In 1755, the family obtained a Royal Warrant to produce Cognac and a founding charter signed by the King Louis XV.
Watermill over Osme river
Almost three centuries ago, our ancestors installed the cellars in a very unique location : an ancient watermill over the waters of Osme river in Aigre, where you can still find us.
Because we know that it is the natural humidity of our cellars that gives our Cognac its unique rich and smooth character.
Our Mission
At Maison GAUTIER, our mission every day is to create the most generous Cognac ever for today’s Cognac enthusiasts and explorers. A Cognac that stands out for its distinctive roundness, mellowness, finesse, aromatic richness and harmony, which together deliver a real moment of self-indulgence. A Cognac with a unique signature, which is a reflection of us.
UNIQUE
KNOW-HOW
A slow maturation process in our cellars
Our origins
Since our origins as forest owners born in the 17th century in the Tronçais forest in France, we have created a close relationship to oak, a key element in mastering the long maturation process of our Cognac.
From this unique heritage, we know how to select the oak trees that create the perfect barrels to welcome our Cognacs. Ours are in specially selected French oak. We toast our barrels slowly, on a medium fire, to give our Cognac distinctive rich, gourmand and grilled notes.
Ageing
in humid Cellars
We age our eaux-de-vie in our naturally humid and temperate cellars uniquely located over the waters of Osme river in Aigre, where the humidity level remains around 70 – 80%, close to the one of cigar humidors.
Slow maturation
process
This provides perfectly harmonious conditions for Cognac ageing. During the slow maturation process in our cellars, our Cognacs develop an exceptional roundness and aromatic richness. This is how we achieve the distinctive and generous signature of our Cognacs.
Blending
At Maison GAUTIER, we use eaux-de-vie from various “crus” (Cognac growing areas) - Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Bons Bois - to take the best of each one of them and create the most beautiful harmony. We have chosen to go for quality and richness by creating blends that respect the taste we want to express.
For our Cellar Master, Isabelle COUPRIE, blending Cognacs is a real passion: “What fascinates me about my work is its alchemy. How separate entities, existing eaux-de- vie with their own qualities and beauty, are transformed and magnified by the art of blending.” Isabelle COUPRIE, Cellar Master.
The natural humidity of cellars
right over the Osme river.
OUR PEOPLE
Our small team of passionate people
A small team of passionate people
It’s due to the men and women behind it that our Cognac is so generous.
A small team of passionate craftsmen who dedicate their lifetime crafting the best Cognac ever: choosing the right barrels, that will reveal the patiently created eaux-de-vie, and aging them in the natural humidity of cellars right over the Osme river. A true art of craftsmanship, passed on from generation to generation, to deliver an authentic and generous Cognac.
Isabelle,
our Cellar Master
The Cellar Master of Maison GAUTIER, Isabelle COUPRIE, was born in the heart of cognac region. Her ancestors were distillers as far back as 1750. Her childhood, surrounded by the family vineyard and the aromas of the cellars, created an olfactory memory that is vital for her work. Isabelle perpetuates the signature of GAUTIER’s cognacs, but she also expresses her own sensitivity and intuition to create exceptional new blends.
Alain,
Cellar employee
"Despite years of experience, I am always impressed by the fragrances that are released when we fill the vats with new eaux-de-vie."
Alain has been contributing to the activity of Maison GAUTIER with his daily work in the cellars for more than ten years. Alain is just like any other enthusiastic worker at GAUTIER when he's monitoring the eaux-de-vie: he is an essential element of the GAUTIER cognac elaboration process.
Jean-Guy,
Forklift operator
"What motivates me at GAUTIER is the dynamic within the cellars and especially the mutual support within the team. We are more than just a team: we are family."
Jean Guy has been part of the GAUTIER family for more than 16 years. He optimises the stocks and supplies the bottling lines so that, from the maturation of the eaux-de-vie to the bottling process, GAUTIER cognacs receive the most exquisite care. And it is the care provided by Jean Guy, like that of all the employees, that makes GAUTIER cognacs so unique.
Stéphane,
Cellar employee
"To me, there is no better moment than when we taste the XO blends with Isabelle to discover the fruit of our work and the time that has passed."
The twenty years that he has worked at Maison GAUTIER have not diminished Stéphane's passion for cognac. On the contrary – like the eaux-de-vie for which he is responsible, and which he blends according to the Cellar Master's instructions – time has only reinforced Stéphane's desire to participate each day in preparing the most generous cognacs in the world.
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