N.V. Cognac Tesseron Lot No 53 XO Perfection



In September 2014 we were visited by Melanie Tesseron of Tesseron Cognac to taste the excellent Lot 53. This was already well known to us thanks to its 98 point score from Parker; having sampled it, it’s easy to see just why he was so enamoured. Though now perhaps more associated with Bordeaux as the owners of Pontet Canet, Tesseron is one of the great unknown powerhouses of Cognac. For over a hundred years, the main focus was as suppliers of eau de vie, but with some of the largest stocks of old Cognac in existence they decided to release some exceptional bottles under their own label.

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Average critic rating : 98.0 points

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The Tesseron family (currently the proprietors of St.-Estèphe’s Lafon-Rochet and Pauillac’s Pontet-Canet) made its fortune in the Cognac business, and it is one of the few families to possess ancient stocks of great vintages that have not been diluted with water or manipulated in any manner. They released small quantities of Lot 29 (1929), which remains the most ethereal Cognac I have ever tasted. I’m no expert, but their newest release, the 1953, seems close in quality to the 1929. Slightly darker than the 1929, the 1953 is pure silk, which at this alcohol level is very dangerous indeed. The complex aromatics can fill a room. Robert Parker, Hedonist’s Gazette February 2007

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