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Tesseron Lot 29 – Cognac Review

30 April 2013 13 Comments

Cognac Tesseron 29Tesseron has a great stock of old Cognac, for example the LOT N ° 29 is completely made from Cognacs which are older than 83 year! The naming (19th century) 29 is named after the youngest Cognac in the blend.
The Tesseron LOT N ° 29, received 100 Parker points, the most ever given to a Cognac by well known reviewer Robert Parker. What  does Cognac Fans think about about this Cognac?




Wine Advocate
The Tesseron family, who made their fortune in Cognac (but are probably best known by wine lovers as the proprietor of Pontet Canet and Lafon Rochet) released tiny quantities of single vintage Cognacs. Although French law does not permit a vintage date to be used, this is all (niet correct) from 1929, and is very limited in availability. I’m not an expert on Cognac, but anything this smooth, silky, potent, and aromatic, is truly great stuff. It is about as ethereal Cognac as anyone could ever hope to drink.
Score: 100. —Robert Parker, October 2005.

Andrew Jefford [Financial Times, 2004]
“…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 …”

Nicholas Faith [Decanter]
“…a marvellous balance of richness and dryness, a hint of orange peel, while retaining a wonderful florality on the palate. So pure, it is almost refreshing”

The house of Tesseron is located in Chateauneuf-sur-Charente. A unique collection of cognacs are being made here. The history goes back to the 19th century when the castle of Abel Tesseron was founded and started selling precious cognacs. A tradition that is succeeded by his son and grandson Alfred Tesseron. Alfred Tesseron also owns Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac one made since 1855 at the château.

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 tasting notes of the Tesseron LOT N ° 29 XO Exception are:

The color: brown-gold.
The nose: very attractive old Grande Champagne nose, delicious! With scents of honey, oak, nuts and citrus.
The taste: full of (matured Grande Champagne) flavors, as if a bomb explodes in your mouth, yet this Cognac is not sharp, but certainly not too soft. The flavors: oak, dried fruit, coffee, cocoa, caramel, leather and some flowers. In short, this cognac tastes great!
The after-taste: very long, lasts an hour!
The origin: 100% Grande Champagne.
The age: aged around 70 years.
The price: 350 euros. This seems (and is) a lot of money for a Cognac, yet this is an outright price cracker. Brands like Hennessy, Martell and Rémy Martin sells anything like this for at leasts twice the money…
Price / quality ratio: a 9 +. Delicious Cognac which is in the upper segment very competitively priced. Delicious taste! Very good competitor for the highly rewarded Louis XIII and La Fontaine de la Pouyade.

P. S. you can discuss this Cognac under this article, or in the Tesseron Lot 29 topic on the Cognac Forum.

The reviewed LOT N ° 29 XO Exception came from a miniature kit with 4 Cognacs of Tesseron:

Tesseron Cognac MiniaturesLOT N ° 29 XO Exception;
LOT N ° 53 XO Perfection;
LOT N ° 76 XO Tradition;
LOT N ° 90 XO Selection.






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What do you think about this Cognac?
Rating: 6.4/10 (17 votes cast)
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  • Peter Bowyer said:

    This just goes to show that you can acquire the finest cognacs for a few hundred pounds a bottle. OK it is not cheap, but when compared with the offerings from the big houses costing thousands a bottle this is an absolute bargain. Please keep it quiet though, we don’t want everyone to know…

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  • Joel said:

    Here is the deal on this Tesseron 29 Cognac. I bought a bottle a few years ago, after hearing all the
    rave reviews on it. It has Cru’s from many different years, both before 1929 and after.

    Comparing it to the sublime Louis XIII is a very bad joke!
    Robert knows little about Cognac!! period.

    It is NOT great & smooth Cognac. While seemingly grand in depth at first impression, it soon becomes overly WOODY from the 70 years on average in Oak barrels, too dry in a bad way, mid pallet not fruity, not balanced overall, too full of mineral taste and most important to me. NOT very smooth but actually somewhat HARSH in alcohol for several hundred dollars!!

    It has quite poor, ‘drinkability’ frankly.

    If u allow it sit for 30 min and are eating chocolate with it, that is one thing but for sipping a fine high end Cognac by itself ! Forget Tesseron entirely. If I would have read here, what I just wrote it would have saved me a lot of money and disappointment. The Tesseron 53 is a better product, but still not a great one.

    For greatness I would look to Fraupin Extra, Remy Martin Extra (and of course higher end Remy Martin products like
    Remy Diamont and Louis XIII of course ) and my new favorite for the price.
    -Jean Fillioux Reserve Familiale- (45 years)

    It is what Tesseron 29 should be, but is not even close to!

  • Joel said:

    Frapin Extra is great but overpriced.
    Take from my efforts-knowledge-obsession and money, pass on the Tesseron 29 hype!

  • joel said:

    j e a n f i l l i o u x t r e s vieux

    As a final note on this Tesseron 29 that I personally –wasted- $300! (it has went even higher since I
    purchased the bottle). In a QUEST to locate the worlds most ‘drinkable’, balanced and overall finest Cognac.
    (within a few hundred dollars) I have tried MANY in the last five years, at my expense.

    While high end Remy Extra & Louis XIII are in a different class of balance and smoothness.
    The price is very very high, for many people including myself. I have had the louis twice and the extra I have owned two bottles of. No -Remy XO- is a harsh biting offering, compared to those two mentioned above.

    AMAZINGLY THE JEAN FILLIOUX TRES VIEUX is close to them in many ways.
    (allow it to aerate for 20 min)
    and throw PRAISE on this and other $$$$ Cognacs)

    I also bought a bottle of the Reserve (45 years old) for more the twice the price, to compare them both.
    TRES VIEUX was simply a better Cognac overall in balance. I had read this, but wanted to think a more expensive and older would trump it. I did not listen, but now understand.
    (Mind you the Reserve Rancio nose is ‘untouchable’ in this price range!)

  • joel said:

    Fraupin XO Cognac at about $150 is MUCH smoother- balanced, drinkability and simply a superior Cognac then Tesseron 29. I wished I would have discovered this reality, before I purchased a bottle of Tesseron 29!

    do not believe this or any blog, touting Tesseron 53 OR 29!! PLEASE. it is mostly people hawking it or those who think they know more then they really do about Cognac, and now need to justifiy the high ticket price on this mediocre cognac!

    Remy Martin Extra Perfection
    Frapin Extra
    Remy Louis xiii (BEST) are all greater then the amazing Fraupin XO of course, but for much $$$ more money accordingly.

    Remy Extra is stunning, but price is now OUT OF HAND!

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  • Elin said:

    I have a bottle of lot 29 and lot 53. Location singapore. Interested buyer pls email me

  • Elin said:

    I have stock for lot 29 and lot 53.
    Location in sg. Interested pls email me at Elin.ngyl@gmail.com.sg.

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