Gently push open the door of the Tesseron home in Châteauneuf-sur-Charente to discover the family treasure : a unique collection of the finest cognacs. This treasure trove dates back to the nineteenth century when Abel Tesseron acquired this property and began his collection of rare and priceless cognacs. A tradition continued by his son and grandson Alfred, who runs the business today and who also owns the prestigious Château Pontet-Canet, a Pauillac Classified Growth in 1855. Abel Tesseron created his own cognac company in 1905, relying at the time on two separate estates, one situated in the Grande Champagne area (Boneuil) and the other in Petite Champagne (Saint-Surin). He adopted a long term policy of building up stocks of eaux-de-vie, carefully conserved in a twelfth century crypt. These old and rare treasures, besides achieving a great reputation amongst a small circle of connoisseurs, have always been sought after by the big cognac merchants, assured of the fine quality of the eaux-de-vie they would use to complete their blends.
Aged an average of 15 years, with at least 10 years maturing in Limousin oak barrels, this elegant, ethereal XO is a blend of Cognac eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois regional crus. Roughly thirty elements in total, made entirely from Ugni Blanc, were selected specifically for their graceful and floral qualities. The Passion blend leaps out the with a vinous, fruity bouquet, (typical of Tesseron house style) leading to a palate of flowing texture that explodes with flavours of juicy citrus, vanilla, figs and ever shifting amalgam of complex spices. A wonderfully hedonistic and complex Cognac.