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Through the Grapevine Lot 97 Grande Champagne Tessendier Cognac

Highly Recommended 87 /100

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Reviews written: 30 (see reviews)

Average Score given: 88

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Tessendier 'Lot 97' (48%, LMDW, Through The Grapevine, Cognac Grande Champagne, 2019)

Highly Recommended 88 /100

I think this 1997 was bottled in 2019, I'm not dead sure about that. I think it's the first time I'm drinking Tessendier… Colour: full gold. Nose: it's great to have such an aromatic, fresh and fruity cognac after the darker, heavier armagnac. Wonderful sultanas, peach liqueur, drops of raki, dried longans, touches of Pinot Gris, certainly hi-level Sauternes (a Barsac, really)… This nose just makes you want to dive into it. Mouth: full-flown peaches and apples, pomegranates, rose petal jelly, quince, lime honey, starkrimsons, well I'm keeping this short as it is already an old bottle. Things are getting even faster these days my friend. Finish: medium, fresh, more honeyed. Comments: impeccable, irresistible, very aromatic fresh and fruity cognac. But careful, it drinks very well.



very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet

very smooth very dry
very sweet not sweet

Wood 4/10

Spice 2/10

Fruit 7/10

Flower 6/10

Bottle / Package Design 4/5

Where is the Love? Ordinary Nice Beautiful A sight to be seen!

Value for Money 4/5

Overpriced Low Average Bargain Steal



What aromas do you get when you sniff the Cognac? Do you get hints of fruits or flowers - perhaps it's sweet? Is it intense or rather flat - and most importantly, is the nose coherent to taste and finish? The nose is the most important part when tasting Cognac.



A small sip: Allow your taste buds in the various areas of your mouth to distinguish the different flavours. This part of cognac tasting is described as ‘the palate’. Don’t just swallow it down; allow the liquid to touch all the regions of the mouth. Doing this is necessary as the taste buds pick up contrasting flavours in the different areas of the mouth; on the tip of your tongue to the sides, for example. Take a tiny sip to prep your palate for the sensory experience to come. Take a second larger sip, and gently roll the cognac around, etting it come into contact with every corner of your mouth. Focus on the perceived textural sensations. Are the sensations round and rich or fresh and elegant? Is the overall mouthfeel intense, balanced, disjointed, or lacking presence? In short, how does the cognac feel in your mouth?



Quite simply, what do you taste as you gently roll the cognac around in your mouth? Pay close attention to any flavors of fruits, flowers, oak, and spices - or a complex combination of those elements. Are the flavors cohesive with the Nose and the Mouth, giving a sense of balance and complexity?



The ‘finish’ is the experience you get after you’ve swallowed the cognac. What flavours can you detect? Is it a flat or rough finish and rather sharp, or is it a slight 'punch' you like? How long does the finish last? Also think about overall balance: How does the finish compare to nose and taste?


Overall Impression

Consider the Nose, Mouth, Taste, and Finish simultaneously - the cognac as a whole. Is there cohesion between the four categories, or does the cognac shine in some areas and appear dull in others? Quite simply, is the memory from the tasting experience one that will last your lifetime; is the memory good but nothing extraordinary; or is the cognac’s impact entirely forgettable?


Total: 88/100

  • 80-84: Recommended
  • 85-89: Highly Recommended
  • 90-95: Exceptional
  • 96-100: Superlative
Flat Acceptable Fine Excellent Ethereal Thin & weak Disjointed Balanced Exquisite Bland Ordinary Good Excellent Spectacular Non-existent, or rough Acceptable Good Memorable Endless Uninspiring, or rough Ordinary Good Excellent Memorable
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