December 18th, 2012
The drinks business published the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Wine with #23 on the list being Melanie Tesseron! The list covers a wide range of areas including wine journalists, promotion and production, winery heirs, and many more. “While busy running the family spirits business, Tesseron Cognac, Melanie Tesseron is becoming increasingly involved with the family wine estate – flying fifth Château Pontet-Canet, which she manages alongside her uncle Alfred. Becoming known globally as the face of the biodynamic brand, particularly in Asia, Tesseron joined the estate in 2005 and has helped Pontet-Canet pursue its biodynamic goal – it achieved full certification in 2010. Pontet-Canet has recently gone on sale at Tesco via its online platform, Wine by the Case, and on the new UK website for US retailer Costco as part of its fine wine offering.” To see the entire list of 50 click here.
December 12th, 2012
The Village Voice features Jim Meehan’s new Deep Purple cocktail on its blog, The Daily Shot, which gives readers daily cocktail recipes that are easy to follow and great to drink. Jim Meehan’s Deep Purple cocktail is one of the six new Noval BLACK cocktails he recently debuted at his East Village speakeasy, PDT, and is presented in a rocks glass filled with pebble ice. “This autumnal beauty — made with Concord grapes and shiso leaf — is named for the rock band” (the ’70s English rock band from Hertfordshire), writes the Village Voice. Click here to see the full blog post and recipe.
September 13th, 2012
FoxNews.com released an article in their leisure section titled the “Best liquor money can buy”. They list their ten best spirits that “exist in their league of their own”. Their cognac selection is Tesseron’s Lot N°29 XO Exception, and comments are below. Click here to read the full article.
Tesseron Cognac Lot N°29 XO Exception
Tesseron Cognac Lot N°29 XO Exception is captivating to the eye, as the topaz-colored spirit shimmers and glistens in the glass. Derived from a combination of Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard grapes from the rarest Tesseron stocks, and aged for more than three generations in pure French Limousin oak casks, this spirit lives up to its heritage and promise. It is Grande Champagne at its best and most complex, with aromas of plums, figs, honey and a touch of mango and kiwi simultaneously assaulting and hugging the palate. The round, thick, viscous mouthfeel and lingering finish of this cognac make it work as its very own course, without the need of a food pairing.
May 9th, 2012
Cognac Tesseron appeared in a major article this Monday. Bloomberg wine and spirits writer Elin McCoy goes into the incredible cellars of Cognac Tesseron and is dazzled by what she sees and tastes, most notably Tesseron Extreme – the article is titled, “Crypt Keeper’s $4,000 Cognac Offers Entry to Paradies”. She compares Extreme to Louis XIII, the most recognized Cognac in this super luxury category. McCoy writes, “Remy’s blend is fabulous, but I still give the edge to the sublime Tesseron Extreme.”
To read the full article click here.
April 6th, 2012
Some photos from Chateau Margaux!
- Corinne Mentzelopoulos’ beagles, with a neighboring dog on the steps of Margaux
With some of the lowest yields ever, very small berries and tannin levels subsequently higher than 2010 and at an all time high. Petit Verdot ripened well so there is actually 2% in Chateau Margaux and 8% in Pavillon Rouge. The wines are caressing but powerful, with silkiness and finesse. A lot below the surface. Pavillon Blanc is the best we’ve ever tasted, made in a very fresh style, only 13.4% alcohol.
Photos from Chateau Pontet Canet!
Pontet Canet Cellars
Pontet Canet Horse - big boy!
Pontet Canet Vines
What Alfred Tesseron has done transforming Pontet Canet to a biodynamic estate, farmed almost half by horse today (step by step going to fully farmed by horse) is quite extraordinary. He’s spent thirty years slowly rebuilding this estate, acting thoughtfully and prudently. The emphasis is on doing things by hand, in a way that forces you to interact with the environment. For example, he built concrete tank fermenters in 2005, but there is no temperature setting: hot and cold valves are turned by hand, and temperature has to be taken manually. The 2011 is one of the best wines of the vintage, floral with complex, spicy red fruits, totally complete and very long. Attached you can find shots of Michael with the horse in training – they have 5 working full time and this one is in training for 1 year before he will be used full time. They will eventually have 12 horses to cover the whole vineyard, which you can also see in a photo, more rolling hills than flatland.