Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Excellent new Cognac

In stock at Forsyth and online

From the owners of the famous Bordeaux....Chateau Pontet Canet

Gently push open the door of the Tesseron home in Châteauneuf-sur-Charente to discover the family treasure : a unique collection of the finest cognacs. This treasure trove dates back to the nineteenth century when Abel Tesseron acquired this property and began his collection of rare and priceless cognacs. A tradition continued by his son and 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.”

Tesseron Lot N 53 XO Perfection....$199.99
Tesseron Cognac Lot N 53 XO Perfection is a blend of our most sublime stocks of Grande Champagne Cognac. It has a sumptuous topaz colour with a bouquet of plums, figs, and chocolate on the palate. This Cognac borders on perfection, finesse and complexity complemented by a refreshing lift on the finish.
Composition: Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes Blend: Grand Champagne
Aged: More than two generations in Limousin oak casks
"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.
Rated 96-100 The Wine Enthusiast

Tesseron Lot No 76 XO Tradition.....$72.99
Tesseron Cognac Lot N 76 XO Tradition is an exceptional blend of reserve stocks of Grande Champagne Cognac, matured to perfection in old casks. Lot No 76 immediately establishes its quality on the nose, which exhibits a wealth of caramlized peaches, almond and candied fruit aromas. This carries on magnificently through to the palate, with rich, delicate flavours of nuts and dried fruits - a wonderful range of tasteful sensations.
Composition: Ugni Blanc Grapes Blend: Grand Champagne

More than one generation in Limousin oak casks

Tesseron Lot No 90 XO Selection....$51.99
Tesseron Cognac Lot N 90 XO Selection owes its freshness and purity to the vivacity of our eaux-de-vies. It displays an especially attractive combination of vigour and complexitiy, which several ice cubes bring out perfectly-- a first encounter with a great cognac. Made from the finest terroirs in Cognac - Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois - Lot n 90's unique character comes from long ageing in oak barrels, which adds richness and complexity.
Composition: Ugni Blanc Grapes

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