Tesseron Cognacs

Written on 18th May 2012
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The fabulous tastings continue at The Waiting Room with cognac the hot topic. Over to Will…

Last week, we had the privilege of hosting one of the most awe-inspiring spirit tastings I’ve had the pleasure of attending. In conjunction with Bibendum, we were lucky enough to have Melanie Tesseron talk us through her family’s XO cognacs. We had a cracking turn out, with many of Melbourne’s finest sommeliers and bartenders coming along to partake in this industry only event.


To quote our friends at Bibendum:

Tesseron Cognacs are the wine lovers’ Cognac: in fact they are often described as “winey” or vinous by those who know them well. They are one of the very few Cognacs made from all three traditional Cognac grape varieties: Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard, (the latter two have all but disappeared from the region), and offer the complexity of a great, fully mature wine as well as a richness, smoothness, and ethereal finesse that puts them into a class and style of their own. These are Cognacs that can easily convert those who do not drink much in the way of spirits. 

These tastings [were] the launch of Tesseron’s Extrême Cognac in Australia …the one and only opportunity to taste this uber-rare Cognac which is a blend of Tesseron’s finest vintages going back to the 1800s. The Extreme is Tesseron’s ultimate cognac, not part of their standard range, and offered on strict allocation in minute quantities. Some of the cognacs in this blend are 150 years old. Around 60% of the cognacs in this blend date from BEFORE phylloxera, from the early 1860’s to the late 1870’s, and none are later than the 1920’s.
In addition, the full Tesseron range will be also be  on tasting :

  • Lot 29 XO – The jewel of the Tesseron collection of Cognacs; a unique blend of legendary Grande Champagne, the cream of some their oldest and rarest stocks. The Lot number gives you a clue to the age of the wines used here. For what it’s worth, this received a 100-point Parker score.
  • Lot 53 XO – A blend of Tesseron’s sublime stocks of Grande Champagne Cognac from Cognacs with an average age exceeding 50 years.
  • Lot 76 XO – An exceptional blend of reserve stocks of Grande Champagne Cognac, matured in old casks, average age around 35 years.
  • Lot 90 XO – Aged for over 15 years. Made from the finest terroirs in Cognac; Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, and Fins Bois, distilled in 1990 and 1991.”


The Highlight of the session was a tasting of the amazing “Extrême”: undoubtedly the oldest cognac commercially available in the world today, and the resultant liquid was absolutely stunning… Watch this space for more news on Cognac Tesseron at the Rockpool Restaurants in Melbourne…