Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Tesseron Lot 76 XO Tradition Cognac
Four generations of savoir-faire have meant that the Tesseron estate in Châteauneuf-sur-Charente possess a truly fine Paradis cellar. They are one of the few Cognac houses that possess three grape varieties, giving them an edge over many producers. The maître de chai creates a unique blend from the different grapes; blending with such expertise to give Cognacs such as the Lot 76 XO Cognac their own unique personality.
The lot number of a Tesseron Cognac is a good indication of the average year of distillation of such a fine elixir. As an Extra Old Cognac, the oldest eaux-de-vie of this Tesseron XO Lot 76 was distilled in 1976, and most of the eaux-de-vies have been aged for over a generation.
Blended exceptionally from a selection of reserve stocks, this Grande Champagne Cognac has been aged to perfection. The Grande Champagne, also known as the Premier Cru, is renowned for its premium chalk soil and limestone subsoil, thanks to a maritime climate and millions of years of gradual fossilization. It is a unique terroir, with sloping hills catching the sunlight at the right time of day, and creating fine, floral eaux-de-vies from its Ugni-Blanc grape variety for the Tesseron Lot 76 Extra Old. Aged in Limousin French oak barrels in Chateauneuf-sur-Charente, this XO Cognac is a wonderful example of Tesseron’s fine expression of the Grande Champagne.
The Tesseron philosophy for creating the Lot 76 XO Tradition Cognac
Underneath the old church in the Tesseron Cellar, the Cognac house strive to age only Cognacs of “XO and beyond” quality.
Lot 76 Cognac Awards
- Spirit Journal : **** Highly Recommended
- Wine Magazine: ****(*)
- Wine Enthusiast: 90-95 points Superb
- International Wine & Spirit Competition: Silver 2009
How to serve and presentation
A XO Cognac from the Grande Champagne of this age and quality should be savored neat, or over ice. It arrives in a regal golden brown box, in a traditional bottle.
very dry / not sweet very smooth / very sweet
Very nice xo!!
Nose:buttery, marzipan, banana, slight fruit. Palate:Sweet cinnamon, apple, flowers, banana butter, leather, woody Finish:Pleasantly dry, woody, raisins, plum excellent profile of flavours and very well balanced. With a great price tag too for the quality.
A nice XO showing its potential
Lovely fresh fruit on the nose initially, with perhaps a blend of orange and mango? As it begins to open, subtle honey appears, especially at the rim. A most inviting nose!! After a few more minutes, some nice floral notes appear as well! It is medium-bodied in the mouth, and the palate starts...
Almost grown up
This is a Grande Champagne about one generation old (25 years), and it is the middle of their range. This cognac has a dark golden color and is elegant on the nose. I find fruity notes and some darker tones of wood and leather in the back. It smells like a cognac that is about to become an adult....
Burnished copper in the glass, more red than gold, jewel-like. First nose is rich, sweet mix of fruit and floral, complex and luxurious. Spicier than the nose suggests, mouth-filling taste becoming sweeter in the finish, a hint of floral, but mostly fruit, peach, apricot, flavors for every part...
About 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.
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