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Cognac Tesseron

An Extraordinary Range of Cognac from the Region’s Finest Grower-Producer

The cream always rises to the top, doesn't it? Despite being a region that is totally dominated by large brands and their enormous marketing budgets, the Tesseron family has succeeded, in just over 15 years, in becoming a genuine benchmark. In a story that mimics that of the top grower-producers in Champagne (vs. the Grandes Marques houses), the remarkable quality and distinctive, vinous style of their predominantly XO-only Cognacs has allowed the Tesseron family to carve out an important niche amongst the giants of the Cognac world.

The rise of this producer has naught to do with advertising or traditional marketing and everything to do with quality. It has certainly helped that the Tesseron family holds one of the largest collections of ancient Cognacs in their legendary 13th century, Paradis cellars—once part of the local abbey. In fact, before they started releasing small batches of Cognac under their own label, the Tesseron family had been a highly reputed supplier of XO Cognacs to the large houses for over a century!

Each of these stunning spirits is perfectly suited to those who appreciate a beautifully crafted, complex and refined dram

The quality of Tesseron’s Cognacs is influenced by a range of key factors including: the high average age of the Cognacs used; the predominant use of fruit grown in the Grande and Petite Champagne Cognac areas (Cognac’s finest terroirs); and the exclusive focus on small-batch production of XO Cognac.

Today these stunning spirits are selected and blended by Tesseron’s master blender, Romain Martial, from the vast collection of ancient reserves the family holds in barrel and glass demijohns. The range now also includes Tesseron’s first non-XO blend, a younger and fruitier style of Cognac designed for the bar trade and lovers of younger amber spirits.

Key points:

    For over a century, Cognac Tesseron has supplied the famous houses of Cognac with XO brandy. These customers include Hennessy, Remy Martin, Martell and Courvoisier. 

    Prices are very low compared to most XO Cognacs currently on the market.  Even the youngest Cognac in the range (Lot 90 XO) is over 20 years old, yet the price is comparable to much younger VSOP Cognacs.

    The oldest, Lot 29 XO is over 80 years old and is the only Cognac to be rated 100 points by Robert Parker Jr.

    Tesseron only produce wines from their own vineyards (located predominantly in the Grande Champagne area) so they have complete control of quality over the base.

    Tesseron is one of the few remaining growers to have vineyards planted to Colombard (for depth and power) and Folle Blanche (for finesse). Most vineyards in Cognac have today been grafted across to Ugni Blanc which, while easier to grow and distill, produces simpler, less aromatic wines.

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Cognac Tesseron Lot 90 XO Ovation

Cognac Tesseron Lot 90 XO Ovation

With an average age of over ten years, this is made from Cognac’s three terroirs: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois. The Ovation’s distinctive character comes from long aging in Limousin oak barrels, which adds fullness, spice and sweetness. The pure aroma offers up ripe pears, spiced apples, maple syrup and vanilla. The palate is silky smooth, with perfectly integrated spirit and a mouth-coating texture. A very fine Cognac and a superb XO for the money.

The pure aroma offers up ripe pears, spiced apples, maple syrup and vanilla. The palate is silky smooth, with perfectly integrated spirit and a mouth-coating texture. A very fine Cognac and a superb XO for the money.

“The latest release from this small but perfectly formed Cognac house. And what a price!”
95 points, Wine & Spirit Magazine
“The aromas are more on the sugary side, molasses, crème brulee and some toasted wood, good structure on the palate; it has a pleasant bitterness that gives structure, some dried fruits and a slightly sweeter finish.”
Andreas Larsson (Best Sommelier of the World, 2007)
"The X.O. Ovation Lot No. 90 is laced with hints of orange peel, cinnamon, caramel and light barrel toastiness. Attractive floral top notes give this suave, medium-bodied Cognac a good deal of nuance. This is an especially up-front, easygoing Cognac, not super-complex nor deep, but very good for what it is. The Lot. 90 is a blend of eau de vies that have spent 10-15 years in barrel, Grand Champagne, Petit Champagne and Fins bois crus."
90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Cognac Tesseron Lot 90 XO Ovation
Cognac Tesseron Composition

Cognac Tesseron Composition

Composition is this producer’s first non-XO release, yet even here Tesseron have aimed to make something very special for its level. It pours a bright, light amber colour and offers aromatics of spiced autumn fruit, white flowers and fresh plum, while on the palate there is that classic Tesseron texture and vinous, fruity complexity—ensuring this Cognac’s sipping credentials. Important to note that there is no added colour, it is the older material in this blend that brings the hue and depth. At the bar, we have found the spirit mixes beautifully, adding finesse and lift to a wide range of stirred and shaken drinks. This makes sense, Tesseron told us that they had comprehensively tested the Composition in a number of classic cocktails before the final blend was signed off. It’s an exceptional and versatile example of Cognac at an exciting new price point.

"The Cognac Composition is a very pretty, easygoing introduction to the range of Tesseron Cognacs. Floral and relatively light in body, the Composition offers up hints of charred lemon, sage, chamomile, dried flowers and subtle toast accents. It will do nicely when something simple and light is called for. This is the only Cognac in the Tesseron range that is not X.O."
89 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Cognac Tesseron Composition
Cognac Tesseron Lot 53 XO Perfection

Cognac Tesseron Lot 53 XO Perfection

A blend of Tesseron’s sublime stocks of Grande Champagne Cognac distilled in the 1950s and aged for two generations in Limousin casks. Here the Grande Champagne terroir really comes into its own, with layer after layer of rich, hedonistic wave of roasted nuts, mixed peel, raisins, dark chocolate and wild honey notes. For all its mouth-coating richness and intensity, it has a knock-out pillowy texture, perfect spirit integration and some super-complex rancio notes on the long finish.

Here the Grande Champagne terroir really comes into its own, with layer after layer of rich, hedonistic wave of roasted nuts, mixed peel, raisins, dark chocolate and wild honey notes. For all its mouth-coating richness and intensity, it has a knock-out pillowy texture, perfect spirit integration and some super-complex rancio notes on the long finish.

“This is a blend of Grande Champagne Cognac distilled in the 1950s. ‘This comes from some of our best lots and some of our best blends. This is very much the origin of our range, and for some difference, only about 4% colombard’ says Melanie Tesseron. Burnt amber colour. Warm, hearty, earthy, woody aromas with lifted spice, hints of caramel, pepper and high tones of fresh honeycomb and citrus rind. Almost unctuous texture here, a sweetness in the warmth, mellow and succulent, oak sits through the wine but this is much more supple and softened with honey and burnt, charry flavours – lots of depth here, sits smooth and medium-weighted in the palate with ease of drinking at the forefront. Long lingering dried fruit, spice flavours; mellow and delicious. A lovely, subtle, wintery Cognac.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
“…pure silk, which at this alcohol level is very dangerous indeed. The complex aromatics can fill a room.”
98 points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
“…Reticent at first, reluctant to release its aromas of woodsmoke and grilled nuts, but one sip persuades you to admire its refined, citrussy, silky, haunting beauty.”
Max Allen, The Australian ‘Wish’ Magazine
"The Cognac X.O. Perfection Lot No. 53 takes things up a level or two. It's a blend of eau de vies that are at least 50+ years old, Ugni Blanc and Colombard, all Grand Champagne. A dark, almost somber Cognac, the Lot. 53 offers up a beguiling mix of dark fruit, spice, leather, game, tobacco, incense and dried herbs. This is an especially virile, almost somber style. There’s real depth and structure here. I especially like the way this builds through the mid-palate and into the finish."
95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Cognac Tesseron Lot 53 XO Perfection
Cognac Tesseron Lot 76 XO Tradition

Cognac Tesseron Lot 76 XO Tradition

An exceptional blend of 25- to 30-year-old reserve stocks of Grande Champagne Cognacs, with distillations going back to the mid-1970s. It has a striking copper colour. On the nose there is an intense fragrance of roasted nuts, wood spice, leatherwood honey and baked pears, while the deep palate is viscous, dense even, with complex notes of Bosc pear, almond, Oloroso Sherry and orange peel. The finish is long and warming with hints of brown sugar, vanilla and sea salt. A stunning, mouth-filling and savoury Cognac.

On the nose there is an intense fragrance of roasted nuts, wood spice, leatherwood honey and baked pears, while the deep palate is viscous, dense even, with complex notes of Bosc pear, almond, Oloroso Sherry and orange peel. The finish is long and warming with hints of brown sugar, vanilla and sea salt. A stunning, mouth-filling and savoury Cognac.

“Full soft and mouthfilling. An ever-changing interplay between chestnut, honey, raspberry, beeswax, peaches in heavy syrup, and dried apricot. The wood is crisp, spicy and well-balanced, and the finish has a lovely touch of crystallised fruit”
95 points, Wine & Spirit Magazine
“The age alone - not to mention the smooth, seductive texture and the extraordinarily complex flavours of butterscotch and cream that linger for ages makes the price of this magnificent cognac rather attractive.”
Max Allen, The Australian ‘Wish’ Magazine
"The X.O. Tradition Lot No. 76 is redolent of maraschino cherry, cinnamon, rose petal, caramel and sweet oak. Medium in body, with fine depth and compelling balance, the No. 76 is super expressive right out of the gate. It offers an appealing middle ground between fun and serious. The long, creamy finish is quite attractive. The No. 75 is a blend of eau de vies that are at least 25 years old, all Grand Champagne."
93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Cognac Tesseron Lot 76 XO Tradition
Cognac Tesseron Carafe Legende

Cognac Tesseron Carafe Legende

Aged, as Albert Tesseron puts it, “for one generation” (meaning 25-plus years) the Extra Légende was created from a blend of Tesseron Grande Champagne reserve wines. Its deep complexity was built around the inclusion of around 50 eaux-de-vie (including a number made from the Folle Blanche variety, a rarity in Cognac today) and its maturation in cellars of different humidity levels. It carries a little more earthy, woody spice than the Passion, with deeper, more mature candied fruit notes as well. There are also heady, deep, floral top notes, rich, spicy base notes, a velveteen texture and an extraordinarily long finish. Another stunning XO.

It carries a little more earthy, woody spice than the Passion, with deeper, more mature candied fruit notes as well. There are also heady, deep, floral top notes, rich, spicy base notes, a velveteen texture and an extraordinarily long finish. Another stunning XO.

Cognac Tesseron Carafe Legende
Cognac Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception

Cognac Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception

The original jewel of the Tesseron collection is a unique blend of legendary Grande Champagne Cognacs, including some of the family’s finest, oldest and rarest stocks. From distillations begun in the 1920s, and even a proportion of the blend from 1905 and 1906, it is a very rare Cognac that has been lovingly aged for three generations. It also includes some Colombard and Folle Blanche—extreme rarities today. To us, this is as good a Cognac as most are ever likely to taste. You can get older and rarer, yet this will never suffer by comparison.

“Bright golden with orange hue. Amazing aromatics; amazing. Incredible to inhale, no higher alcohol burn to turn a head away, but rich, sweet-tinged, spicy and fruity, even. There’s the warmth of charred oak, wet logs, sandalwood and dark chocolate too. Feels so very smooth, lathed, slippery and yet insanely deep – triggers of fine woods, fresh honey, light rancio and a kind of liquid-mineral vein, firing in volleys within the contained frame of the Cognac. And while the texture remains supple, there’s a long, slow burn of campfire-like embers to close; it glows with a definitive sweetness, and then ebbs away with freshening floral, toffee notes and an almost briny tang. Wow. Wow.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
“… anything this smooth, silky, potent, and aromatic, is truly great stuff. It is about as ethereal a Cognac as anyone could ever hope to drink.”
100 points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
“…If money is still less an object, Tesseron Lot 29 (40%) will prove just how conclusively great brandy, like great wine, can absorb, modulate and reflect a kind of mineral beauty in the midst of all its other, more freshly sensual attractions: layered amid the fig, the beech leaf and the cream there’s a kind of stony fire that glows for 30 seconds after you’ve swallowed …”
Andrew Jefford, Financial Times
"The Cognac X.O. Exception Lot No. 29 is a powerful, almost tannic spirit. A blast of kirsch, sweet spice, chocolate, cedar and warming alcohol races across the palate. This release is young, young, young. I admire the density, but this really does need time to settle and come into its own. Spice, tobacco, cedar, dried flowers, caramel and dried orange peel linger. The No. 29 is a Cognac that is more about aromatic nuance and structure, with fruit pushed into the background. The Lot. 29 is a blend of 75+ year-old eau de vies, Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche, all Petit Champagne."
96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Cognac Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception
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“Tesseron Lot 29 will prove just how conclusively great brandy, like great wine, can absorb, modulate and reflect a kind of mineral beauty in the midst of all its other, more freshly sensual attractions…” Andrew Jefford, Financial Times

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France

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Cognac

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