Gautier Frères

Cognac 1920 Gautier Frères

Presumed 1920's, 20 years of age, Brandy, Bottled in the mid 1950's (presumed)

Provenance: Sotheby's Paris, 11/11/1998

Cognac 1920 Gautier Frères (7574)

This Gautier's Cognac Brandy has been kept in wood for over 20 years. The history of Gautier goes back several centuries. In the XVIIth century, the Gautiers had a forest of oak trees from which barrels were made for ageing Cognac. In 1644, Gautier's history meets up with Cognac when Charles Gautier married a winegrower's daughter Jacquette Brochet. But it was Charles' grandson, Louis, who succeeded in obtaining a Royal Warrant in 1755, for the production of the henceforth protected title of the region's eau-de-vie Cognac as we know today. 1920 - 1929. It is sometimes referred to as the Roaring Twenties or the Jazz Age, when speaking about the United States and Canada. In Europe the decade is sometimes referred to as the "Golden Age Twenties" because of the economic boom following World War I.

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Vintage 1920
Vintage text Presumed 1920's
Alcohol 39.0 %
Bottled Presumed Mid 1950's
Button No button
Fill level Top shoulder
Packaging No casing
Shape Cognaçaise
Size 70 cl


Renowned throughout the world, the production of Cognac has been regulated by its very own AOC since 1909. Only liqueurs from eaux-de-vie made from crus from the controlled appellation area of Cognac can be labelled as such. This liqueur must be distilled and aged on-site in compliance with authorised techniques: double distillation in a copper Charentais still, ageing in oak barrels for a set minimum ageing period.

A good Cognac is subjected to a complex manufacturing process. It is never made from the eau-de-vie of a single cru, but from a `marriage' of eaux-de-vie that vary in age and cru - some as old as a hundred. To establish the age of a Cognac, only the number of years spent in oak casks or barrels are taken into account. As soon as an eau-de-vie is decanted into a glass recipient, it ceases to age. The longer it is left to age, the more a Cognac gains in complexity, fragrance, aromas and taste (spiced, pepper and cinnamon flavours).

Please note that only Cognacs made exclusively from Petite and Grande Champagne (50% minimum) can use the "Fine Champagne" appellation.

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