Cognac Tesseron specializes, as this slogan suggests, in high-end cognacs. As their marketing slogan suggests, they only produce “XO and Beyond”, so cognacs from the XO age onwards. From their ancestral home Domaine Tesseron in Châteauneuf-sur-Charente, which lies between Cognac and Angoulême, the Tesseron family traditionally used to sell its eaux-de-vie to the large cognac houses. But in 2003 they decided to release a range under their own family name. The Tesserons are also active in wine production, owning Château Pontet-Canet – a Pauillac classified property producing Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux wine.
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History of Cognac Tesseron
The history of the Tesseron family’s involvement in wine and spirits can be accurately traced back to the 19th century, when Abel Tesseron bought a cognac estate in Châteauneuf-sur-Charente, later to be named Domaine Tesseron. His father had been a cognac producer as well, so the know-how ran in the family. He soon began a private collection of rare and priceless cognacs and finally founded his own cognac house in 1905, Cognac Tesseron. Using the wares from two growing areas, one in the Grande Champagne (Boneuil) and the other in the Petite Champagne (Saint-Surin), Abel Tesseron was a dedicated cognac producer with a long-term plan in mind. He stored his quality eaux-de-vie in the chateau’s 12th century crypt and achieved an excellent aging process. It didn’t take long for the large cognac houses to realise that he had a great store that they were keen to purchase and blend with.
Abel’s son Guy Tesseron and then grand-sons Alfred and Gerard Tesseron, one of whom also owns the Pauillac-classified Château Pontet-Canet continued running the business in the spirit of Abel Tesseron. His portrait still adorns the company logo.
Cognac Tesseron Today
As with many of the cognac producers, Cognac Tesseron made its living mainly by selling both its aged and young cognac to the large houses such as Remy Martin and Martell, and soon Abel’s son, Guy, entered the family business. Alfred and Gerrard Tesseron were the third generation of the family to continue, recently joined by Melanie Tesseron – who brings a fourth generation to the cognac house. Their goal is to sell more and more of the estate’s cognac under their own brand.
In 2003 the decision was made to sell cognac under the Cognac Tesseron label – and these are sold under the wording “lots”. The reason for this is that many of the company’s cognacs could be designated as vintage but they don’t conform to the necessary strict French laws to be called as such. Therefore they use the ‘lot’ numbers to reflect the average age of the blends in the bottle.
Albert Tesseron is president of the house. He worked in the USA for a leading distributor before returning to his homeland and joining the family business. Tesserson’s director is Henri Colcombet – a man experienced in building high-end luxury brands and who was instrumental in helping create the Cognac Tesseron Partnership in 2001. Melanie Tesseron completes the team, joining the family business in 2008 as their International Brand Manager.
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Tesseron’s Lot 29 is the only cognac to have ever been awarded the full 100 points on the Parker Points scale. This rating gets Robert Parker’s top rating comments of “An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this calibre are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.”
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