Tuesday, May 17, 2016

17/05/2016 A magical visit to Tesseron Cognac in Chateauneuf-Sur-Charente. Merci beaucoup Frėdėric for this special day.

Maximum temperature 20C, minimum 6C.   12 km/h  NW winds Dry.
The entrance gateway.


Tesseron Cognac nameplate polished daily!


The founder, Abel Tesseron.  It is very much a family business and he is the grandfather of the present owner.

In the distillery...


as above -spotlessly clean!


The complicated distilling process simplified.

the eau de vie starts its life in new oak barrels...


It then gets moved to the large vats where the cellar master makes a decision on how long it should be there, before it is moved into old oak barrels to mature into the cognac that you will know.


Ageing in old oak.

The oldest cognac in the underground cellar which the monks originally used as a church in the 11th century.


After about 90 years the cognac is moved into glass demijohns. This particular cellar is cognac from around 1900.....


and here are the demijohns from about 1873 !
These get used in small quantities to blend the cognac that you can buy today.


 LOT N°90
XO COGNAC
 LOT N°76
XO TRADITION
LOT N°53
XO PERFECTION
LOT N°29
XO EXCEPTION
  
              
 EXTRA LÉGENDE
 TRÉSOR
  XO PASSION
                     
ROYAL BLEND

EXTRÊME

I will be posting about Tesseron in more detail on My Life in Charente, sooner I hope rather than later!

6 comments:

  1. Maybe my taste will change as I get older but so far, I really don't like Cognac or any strong alcohol. Good post though!

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    1. I have to admit that I really enjoy a good cognac and we were very spoilt today. It was a really interesting tour though and if if you don't like cognac I am sure you would have enjoyed it. Have a good week Diane

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  2. What a great place to visit Diane. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Good to hear from you Joan. It was an amazing visit, we were so lucky to meet Frėdėric when we were on holiday last month. He was on the table next to us at lunch and we got chatting. It was all explained to us from start to finish, and in English which made it so much easier for me! Great day out. Hope you are well, Diane

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  3. Thank you, Diane for the tour. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. It was a lucky day for us Nancy when we met Frėdėric while on holiday last month :-)) You have a great day as well Diane

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