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Tesseron Lot 29 XO Exception Cognac (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
As their marketing slogan suggests, Tesseron specialise in high-end cognacs, only producing “XO and Beyond”. This is the original jewel of the collection; a unique blend of legendary Grande Champagne Cognacs, including many of the finest of the family's oldest and rarest stocks. From wines distilled in 1920s, with 5% from 1905 and 30% of the blend from 1906(!). It is a very rare wine (the family tell us there is only a few more years' worth of production) that has been lovingly aged for three generations. It also includes some Colombard and Folle Blanche. It is remarkably pure and refined with floral, brown spice and green chartreuse hints. The palate is impeccably fine and balanced with a souring finish, seemingly free of spirit and beyond description. Mike Bennie nailed it with, "Wow". This also comes in a heavy, ancient style, handmade bottle and packaged in a beautiful presentation box.Other reviews... "This sits in the 'classic range' but is called 'Exception' because 'this is where Grande Champagne really soars'. Distilled in the 1920s and contains some colombard and folle blanche. 'This is pretty much what I consider my grandfather's Cognac, 1920s distilled but with a portion from a 1905 demi-john. For me this is a bit like a book, every time you go back to it it changes, something very special; the rancio is quite strong, but very different from the 1953; very special for us, and very rare to have it tasted, if at all. Very rare bottle, but this is our first visit to Australia so I really wanted to show it' so sayeth Melanie Tesseron. Bright golden with orange hue. Amazing aromatics; amazing. Incredible to inhale, no higher alcohol burn to turn a head away, but rich, sweet-tinged, spicy and fruity, even. There's the warmth of charred oak, wet logs, sandalwood and dark chocolate too. Feels so very smooth, lathed, slippery and yet insanely deep - triggers of fine woods, fresh honey, light rancio and a kind of liquid-mineral vein, firing in volleys within the contained frame of the Cognac. And while the texture remains supple, there's a long, slow burn of campfire-like embers to close; it glows with a definitive sweetness, and then ebbs away with freshening floral, toffee notes and an almost briny tang. Wow. Wow." - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front "... anything this smooth, silky, potent, and aromatic, is truly great stuff. It is about as ethereal Cognac as anyone could ever hope to drink." 100 points - Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com Oct 2005