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Tesseron Cognac

Tesseron Cognac

Tesseron Cognac specializes in high-end Cognac, exclusively producing “XO and beyond” blends from their ancestral home in Chateauneuf-sur-Charente, which lies between Cognac and Angouleme. When founder Abel Tesseron, whose face features on the company’s logo, acquired the property in the late 19th century, he patiently conserved his stocks of eaux-de-vie in the 12th-century crypt located deep underneath the domain, selling his matured masterpieces to various larger Cognac houses. These reserved and rare stocks have become legendary amongst Cognac connoisseurs the world over. It was, however, only in 2003 that the fourth generation of Tesserons made the decision to release a range under their own name, armed with an unrivalled Cognac craftsmanship and fueled by the legacy left by their grandfather, the iconic brand Tesseron Cognac was born. 

The Tesserons are also active in wine production, owning the esteemed Chateau Pontet-Canet, a Pauillac classified property producing Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux Wine.

Visit Tesseron: Bd de Pelisse ,Domaine Tesseron ,16120 Chateauneuf-sur-Charente ,+33 (0)545625261 ,No information available for visits. www.cognactesseron.com

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History of Cognac Tesseron 

The Tesseron family’s history with wine and spirit can be traced back to the 19th century, when founder Abel Tesseron acquired his estate in Chateauneuf-sur-Charente, later named Domaine Tesseron, Cognac production ran in his blood, as his father was involved in the business before him. 

Tesseron soon realized that patience was the key to a great Cognac, and so he began growing grapes over two estates, one in Grand Champagne (Boneuil) and the other in Petite Champagne (Saint-Surin) before storing his high quality Fine Champagne eaux-de-vie in the chateau's 12th century crypt that used to belong to the neighboring abbey. This former crypt creates a unique atmosphere for the maturation process, and is protected by guard dogs 24 hours a day - understandable when you realize some of Tesseron’s oldest Cognacs have been stored there for over 175 years!

Many larger Cognac houses were quick to see that Abel Tesseron had one of the best stores in the region, and the estate began to sell some of their older eaux-de-vie for others to blend with. This continued until 2003, when the fourth generation of this family began blending under their own brand name. Over its many centuries of existence, Tesseron has not only forged a reputation for its premier cru eaux-de-vie and unparallelled collection of XO and beyond Cognac, but equally for its choice to grow rarer grape varieties such as the Folle Blanche or Colombard.

The Folle Blanche and Colombard are known for being difficult to grow and often produce small crops, so most houses focus on the classic Ugni Blanc grape to produce their eaux-de-vie and achieve a greater yield. However, Abel Tesseron recognized the importance of these grape varieties, which add an extra dimension to the final blend. Just like their long term plan to produce Cognacs of an XO age and beyond, Tesseron Cognac places quality above quantity in every aspect of their production. When blending these varied eaux-de-vie, the “maitre de chai” will develop a blend combining all three varieties; Ugni Blanc for roundness, Folle Blanche for finesse and the Colombard for strength and depth. Blending is an art form in itself, and this delicate marriage of eaux-de-vie is a true tribute to Tesseron’s craftsmanship.

Tesseron Cognac Today

As with many Cognac producers, Tesseron made its living predominantly selling both its aged and young Cognacs to larger houses such as Remy Martin and Martel. When Alfred and Gerard Tesseron, third generation of this formidable family, were recently joined by fourth generation Melanie, they made the daring decision in 2003 and to market more and more of their Cognacs under their own brand. 

Tesseron-branded Cognacs are usually sold using the wording “lots”. This is because many of the company’s Cognacs could be classified as vintages but don’t conform to the strict French laws to be officially labelled as this. Therefore, the “lot” numbers reflect the average age of the blends found in the bottle.

Albert Tesseron is now the estate’s current president,  after having previously worked with a leading distributor in the USA. Tesseron’s director is Henri Colombet, a man experienced in building luxury brands and who was instrumental in introducing the Cognac Tesseron Partnership in 2001. Melanie Tesseron completes the team, representing the family as their International Brand Manager.

Tesseron News

Tesseron’s Lot 29 made history as the only Cognac to have ever been awarded the full 100 points on the Parker Point scale. Described as, “extraordinary [...] with a profound and complex character”. 

The brand has recently introduced a customization option for bespoke bottles, where clients can have their name, initials or even a message engraved onto their own bottle or decanter for an added personal touch.

Tesseron Flagship Products

Some of Tesseron’s signature releases include the Extra Légende, which contains eaux-de-vie aged for an entire generation, and their Cognac Trésor, created at the end of the 19th century by Abel Tesseron himself and continually enriched over the passing years, it is the jewel in the crown of Tesseron’s collection.

Visit Cognac Tesseron

There is currently no information available regarding visits to the Tesseron Cognac Estate.

The Tesseron family’s history with wine and spirit can be traced back to the 19th century, when founder Abel Tesseron acquired his estate in Chateauneuf-sur-Charente, later named Domaine Tesseron, Cognac production ran in his blood, as his father was involved in the business before him. 

Tesseron soon realized that patience was the key to a great Cognac, and so he began growing grapes over two estates, one in Grand Champagne (Boneuil) and the other in Petite Champagne (Saint-Surin) before storing his high quality Fine Champagne eaux-de-vie in the chateau's 12th century crypt that used to belong to the neighboring abbey. This former crypt creates a unique atmosphere for the maturation process, and is protected by guard dogs 24 hours a day - understandable when you realize some of Tesseron’s oldest Cognacs have been stored there for over 175 years!

Many larger Cognac houses were quick to see that Abel Tesseron had one of the best stores in the region, and the estate began to sell some of their older eaux-de-vie for others to blend with. This continued until 2003, when the fourth generation of this family began blending under their own brand name. Over its many centuries of existence, Tesseron has not only forged a reputation for its premier cru eaux-de-vie and unparallelled collection of XO and beyond Cognac, but equally for its choice to grow rarer grape varieties such as the Folle Blanche or Colombard.

The Folle Blanche and Colombard are known for being difficult to grow and often produce small crops, so most houses focus on the classic Ugni Blanc grape to produce their eaux-de-vie and achieve a greater yield. However, Abel Tesseron recognized the importance of these grape varieties, which add an extra dimension to the final blend. Just like their long term plan to produce Cognacs of an XO age and beyond, Tesseron Cognac places quality above quantity in every aspect of their production. When blending these varied eaux-de-vie, the “maitre de chai” will develop a blend combining all three varieties; Ugni Blanc for roundness, Folle Blanche for finesse and the Colombard for strength and depth. Blending is an art form in itself, and this delicate marriage of eaux-de-vie is a true tribute to Tesseron’s craftsmanship.

Tesseron Cognac Today

As with many Cognac producers, Tesseron made its living predominantly selling both its aged and young Cognacs to larger houses such as Remy Martin and Martel. When Alfred and Gerard Tesseron, third generation of this formidable family, were recently joined by fourth generation Melanie, they made the daring decision in 2003 and to market more and more of their Cognacs under their own brand. 

Tesseron-branded Cognacs are usually sold using the wording “lots”. This is because many of the company’s Cognacs could be classified as vintages but don’t conform to the strict French laws to be officially labelled as this. Therefore, the “lot” numbers reflect the average age of the blends found in the bottle.

Albert Tesseron is now the estate’s current president,  after having previously worked with a leading distributor in the USA. Tesseron’s director is Henri Colombet, a man experienced in building luxury brands and who was instrumental in introducing the Cognac Tesseron Partnership in 2001. Melanie Tesseron completes the team, representing the family as their International Brand Manager.

Tesseron News

Tesseron’s Lot 29 made history as the only Cognac to have ever been awarded the full 100 points on the Parker Point scale. Described as, “extraordinary [...] with a profound and complex character”. 

The brand has recently introduced a customization option for bespoke bottles, where clients can have their name, initials or even a message engraved onto their own bottle or decanter for an added personal touch.

Flagship Products

Some of Tesseron’s signature releases include the Extra Légende, which contains eaux-de-vie aged for an entire generation, and their Cognac Trésor, created at the end of the 19th century by Abel Tesseron himself and continually enriched over the passing years, it is the jewel in the crown of Tesseron’s collection.

Visit Cognac Tesseron

There is currently no information available regarding visits to the Tesseron Cognac Estate.

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