A blend of Tesseron's sublime stocks of Grande Champagne Cognac distilled in the 1950s that then spent over 50 years in barrel! This is what the Tesseron family call their "two generations" Cognac and it is truly a wine that borders on perfection.
It is incredibly complex, powerful, round and long and includes some Folle Blanche (with the base of Ugni Blanc), adding both richness and texture. Here the Grande Champagne terroir really comes into its own, the wine having fully opened, with layer after layer of rich, hedonistic waves of nuts, mixed peel, raisins, dark chocolate, charcoal and wild honey notes. For all of its mouth coating richness and intensity, there is a knock out, pillowy texture, perfect spirit integration and some super complex, rancio notes. Like many great wines, there is somehow both tremendous elegance and power on show in the one glass. A massive step up from the superb Lot 76.
Despite being situated in a region that is totally dominated by large brands and their enormous marketing budgets, the Tesseron family has succeeded in becoming a genuine benchmark. There’s is a story that has some synergies with the top grower-producers in Champagne (vs. the Grandes Marques), in that it has been only the remarkable quality (as opposed to advertising and PR) of Tesseron’s XO-only Cognacs has allowed this family owned producer to carve out an important niche amongst the giants of the Cognac world. It has certainly helped that the Tesseron family owns what we believe is the largest collections of ancient Cognacs in their legendary 13th century, Paradis cellars, once part of the local Abbey. Before they started releasing small batches of these Cognac under their own label, the Tesseron family had been a highly reputed supplier of old, XO Cognacs to the large houses for over a century.
The quality of the Cognacs has do with 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 areas (Cognac’s finest terroirs), and the exclusive focus on small batch production of the finest XO Cognac. Today these stunning spirits are selected and blended by Tesseron’s master blender, Jacky Martial (now working alongside his son Romain Martial), from the vast collection of ancient reserves that the Tesseron family hold in barrel and glass demijohns. Each of these stunning spirits is perfectly suited to those who appreciate a beautifully crafted, complex and refined dram.
The nosing passes find an oaky/nut paste aroma with fruity notes of berries, dried fruit, plums, pears and soft cheese. The palate entry is composed, succulent and honeyed; by midpalate the flavors deepen to include caramel, rancio and orange rind. Finishes beautifully with depth, finesse and maturity. 96-100.
ROBERT PARKER - WINE ADVOCATE
We finished with the new release of Tesseron’s Cognac. The Tesseron family made its fortune in the Cognac business and it is one of the few families to possess ancient stocks. (...) The Lot 53 is pure silk, which at this alcohol level is very dangerous indeed. The complex aromatics can fill a room.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
This is a blend of Grande Champagne Cognac distilled in the 1950s. <i>'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'</i> says Melanie Tesseron. Burnt umber 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.