An exceptional blend of 25- 30 year old, reserve stocks of both Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne Cognacs, distilled predominantly in the mid-1970s and then matured in old casks until bottling. It has a striking copper colour. On the nose there are lifted fragrances of roasted nuts, wood spice, leatherwood honey, and baked pears, while the deep palate is viscous, dense even, with notes of ripe pear, almond, oloroso sherry, orange peel, and again, leatherwood honey. The finish is long and warming with hints of brown sugar, vanilla and salt.
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.
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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.
The bouquet includes delicate fragrances of spice, sesame seed, light oak, pineapple, light toffee and brown sugar. The palate entry is elegant and moderately sweet; at midpalate there are flavors of ripe pear, white grapes, cake frosting, oloroso Sherry, orange peel and dark honey. Ends up sweet, satiny and long in the throat. 90-95.
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.
Amber brown, with a nose mingling violets and prunes. Smooth and polished on the palate with hints of caramelised fruit and a fine, clear almost creamy finish.