Tesseron

Background

Oh for the treasure trove at the Tesseron home! When Abel Tesseron acquired his Châteauneuf-sur-Charente property in the nineteenth century he immediately began his collection of rare and priceless cognacs. The tradition was continued by his son, followed by his grandson Alfred, who runs the business today and who also owns the prestigious Château Pontet-Canet, a Pauillac Classified Growth in 1855.

Abel Tesseron created his own cognac company in 1905, relying at the time on two separate estates, one situated in the Grande Champagne area (Boneuil) and the other in Petite Champagne (Saint-Surin). He adopted a long term policy of building up stocks of eaux-de-vie, carefully conserved in a twelfth century crypt. These old and rare treasures, besides achieving a great reputation amongst a small circle of connoisseurs, have always been sought after by the big cognac merchants, assured of the fine quality of the eaux-de-vie they would use to complete their blends. Today, thanks to a continual and ever increasing demand, the company is selling more and more of its cognacs under the Tesseron name. The cognacs within the Tesseron range are specifically labelled as 'lots', a term rarely used in Charente. As Alfred Tesseron explains : "These 'lots' are, in fact, blends taken from our reserve stocks."

Unusually all three traditional Cognac grape varieties Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard are grown on the Tesseron estates. Folle Blanche and Colombard have almost disappeared in the region as they are difficult to grow and produce small crops, but they are important as they add an extra dimension to the final blend.

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Vintage Spirits Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score
NV Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception
Tesseron
btls DP 1 6 £3,840 Unit 100
NV Tesseron Lot 60 The Great Smoker
Tesseron
70 cl IB 0 2 £150 Unit NR

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