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.

The Range

Cognac Tesseron 4-Pack  XO Collection (5Cl Bottles Of 90, 76, 53, 29 )
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Cognac Tesseron 4-Pack XO Collection (5Cl Bottles Of 90, 76, 53, 29 )

Composed of one 50ml bottle each of Lot Nos. 90, 76, 53 and 29, offered in a presentation box. It’s a great introduction to the Cognac Tesseron Collection. 

Cognac Tesseron 4-Pack  XO Collection (5Cl Bottles Of 90, 76, 53, 29 )
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Cognac Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception
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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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Cognac Tesseron Carafe Legende
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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
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Cognac Tesseron Tres Vieux Extreme Noir
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Cognac Tesseron Tres Vieux Extreme Noir

This unique bottling is a blend of Cognacs coming from ten demijohns dated from 1853-1906. So all of the Cognacs in the blend are well over 100 years old and almost all of the blend comes from the 19th century (making it considerably older  than the most famous, big brand prestige cuvées like Louis XIII or Richard Hennessy). In fact, the Extreme looks like a downright bargain when compared to such wines (in both quality and price terms). Unbelievably velvety and supple on the palate, the Extreme's exceptional mellowness is matched only by its infinite depth and rancio complexity, the result of some 70-80 years aging in oak casks and then decades more in glass demijohns. It seems to float across the palate and opens up in waves of countless secondary aromas, which grow in the mouth, and then end in a soft, exceptionally long and fresh finish. The bottle, a 1.75 litre demijohn, is a smaller replica of those from which it was sourced. It is a quite an extraordinary and unique Cognac. Only 300 of these beauties were ever produced—for the world— and there are not many left. We have received three. This is a limited release cognac which is blended from minute quantities of Grand Champagne demi-johns sourced from youngest 1905 Cognac to oldest 1865 Cognac with portions that date to before phylloxera…This is the 'ultimate' Cognac for Tesseron. This Cognac is slated as one of the 'oldest' Cognacs on the market today. Bright, burnt umber colour. Muted aromas, almost a musty sweetness like an old butterscotch biscuit tin, but more complexity, lifted mixed peel, light rancio, mellow woody notes. Seductive. Sniff, repeat. Sniff.

This is a limited release cognac which is blended from minute quantities of Grand Champagne demi-johns sourced from youngest 1905 Cognac to oldest 1865 Cognac with portions that date to before phylloxera…This is the 'ultimate' Cognac for Tesseron. This Cognac is slated as one of the 'oldest' Cognacs on the market today. Bright, burnt umber colour. Muted aromas, almost a musty sweetness like an old butterscotch biscuit tin, but more complexity, lifted mixed peel, light rancio, mellow woody notes. Seductive. Sniff, repeat. Sniff.

"Alfred Tesseron of the world-famous Château Pontet-Canet has just released for the first time ever the best of the best, which is composed of a unique blend of eaux-de-vie, drawn from stocks that age back over three generations. This cognac is extremely velvety and supple with an unparalleled mellowness and complexity."
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A remarkable spirit, Tesseron’s Cognac Extreme is blended from eau de vies from 1860 through the early 1900s. It offers up scents of wild cherry, sage, mint, tobacco, cedar and sweet spice, all in a deceptively medium-bodied, refined style. The Extreme is intensely floral but also has quite a bit of depth and tons of character. I admire its graceful, layered almost ethereal personality. It is a contemplative, wonderfully dynamic Cognac to savor at the end of a meal. Terrific."
98 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Cognac Tesseron Tres Vieux Extreme Noir
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Cognac Tesseron Masterblend 88's
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Cognac Tesseron Masterblend 88's

The oldest reserves of the Tesseron family’s Grande Champagne lie nestled in their 13th century Paradis cellars that were once part of the local abbey. This special limited-edition Cognac derives from eight demijohns—25 litre heavy glass flagons—marked “1898”. Cognacs are traditionally transferred from barrel to demijohn after 75 years and the aging process continues, albeit at a very slow rate. The demijohns that have gifted the world this remarkable Cognac were not from a single base, but rather a blend of 88 Grand Champagne Cognacs that were presumably put to demijohns from barrel in 1898. The blends would have included Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Folle Blanche along with many other grape varieties that were planted and flourished pre-phylloxera and the formation of the AOC. Only 286 bottles of this singular treasure were produced.

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Cognac Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception 1750Ml
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Cognac Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception 1750Ml

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
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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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Cognac

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