Tesseron Cognac Grande Champagne X.O Exception Lot No. 29 – Cognac Review

This is regarded as the jewel of the Tesseron collection of Cognacs, and the oldest in their standard range. A unique blend of legendary eighty
to ninety year-old Grande Champagne eaux de vie, all from the 1920’s,  lovingly aged for three generations. Balancing power and finesse, Lot
29 has a floral bouquet, allied to chocolate and mocha notes.

This is complemented by that elusive, ethereal nose which is so typical of only
the very best old cognac. This subtle elixir has an extraordinarily long aftertaste, and its lovely amber highlights reflect its very slow ageing – the
quintessence of elegance.

COMPOSITION : Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard
BLEND : Grande Champagne only
AGED: More than three generations in Limousin oak casks

COLOR : Lustrous topaz
NOSE : Heady, decadent aged nose, followed by layers of honey, figs, plums and exotic fruit laced with oak.
PALATE : Supremely elegant, this combines macerated dried fruit with hints of mocha and cocoa, refreshed by floral aromatics. Unctuous and
silky, it retains a wonderful freshness and vitality throughout. Extremely well balanced and wonderfully complex  with marmalade notes
emerging on a persistent, stylish finish.

100 points, Robert Parker” “… anything this smooth, silky, potent, and aromatic, is truly great stuff. It is about as ethereal Cognac as anyone
could ever hope to drink.”
Andrew Jefford [Financial Times, 2004]: “…If money is still less an object, Tesseron Lot 29 (40%) will prove just how conclusively great brandy,
like great wine, can absorb, modulate and reflect a kind of mineral beauty in the midst of all its other, more freshly sensual attractions: layered
amid the fig, the beech leaf and the cream there’s a kind of stony fire that glows for 30 seconds after you’ve swallowed …”
Nicholas Faith [Decanter]: “…a marvellous balance of richness and dryness, a hint of orange peel, while retaining a wonderful florality on the
palate. So pure, it is almost refreshing”

Read more about the Tesseron Lot 29.

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