Tesseron Lot 29 – Cognac Review
Tesseron 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?
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: