COGNAC TESSERON, LOT NO 53 XO PERFECTION

WE100 RP98 
750 ML
$369.99

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COGNAC TESSERON, LOT NO 53 XO PERFECTION


A blend of the most sublime eaux-de-vie of Grande Champagne Cognac, the Tesseron Lot No 53 XO Perfection is composed of grapes from two varieties: the Colombarde and Ugni Blanc to give it dimension and character. Aptly named, it errs on perfection due to the undeniable finesse. This is to be expected of such a high quality, Premier Cru Cognac. For a cognac of this caliber, it offers extremely good value for money. This is a wonderfully complex, yet refreshing Cognac with lots of critical acclaim across the board. As an Extra Old Cognac, the Tesseron Lot 53 XO has been aged for over two generations in Limousin oak barrels. The bouquet of figs, chocolate and plum is rich and decadent, and you’re bound to fall in love.

Eye: Rich mahogany/topaz.

Nose: Heady and aromatic, the smell of toasted wood aged over decades comes to the fore. The instant aromas of dried fruits such as plum and fig give way to tobacco notes. It is generous and full-bodied.

Palate: Rounded and full of life, you will discover an initial peppered, spicy flavor, which melts into a dark cacao and fresh herby taste. It is extremely refined, opulent and has a long finish like a good Grande Champagne Cognac should.

Reviews and Awards

Reviewed By:
Score/Awarded:
100 / 100
The nosing passes find an oaky/nut paste aroma with fruity notes of berries, dried fruit, plums, pears and soft cheese. The palate entry is composed, succulent and honeyed; by midpalate the flavors deepen to include caramel, rancio and orange rind. Finishes beautifully with depth, finesse and maturity.
Reviewed By:
Score/Awarded:
98 / 100
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.