Distillerie Tessendier & Fils goes a long way back into French history, making it a part of the Cognac region’s ancestral cultural heritage. The distillery started in 1862, where Gaston Tessendier acquired Buisson as well as other land and plots of vines, together making up what is the current Distillerie Tessendier estate.
Despite the long history, the Tessendier family is still running the distillery in the present times, with Lilian and Jerome Tessendier helming the production process. The brothers made sure that every bottle that holds the name Tessendier is of the highest quality by tasting the dozens of grades of Eaux-de-vie from the best terroirs the Cognac region has to offer every day. Only those with the highest potential join the extensive range of Eaux-de-vie stored in the cellars.
The expertise of the cognac makers at Distillerie Tessendier comes from generations of experience and research. The current makers received their education from the previous generation of makers, and add their research to improve the production process.
The distillery produces Eaux-de-vie from Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois. Each Eaux-de-vie preludes to the future creation of cognacs which are all characterised by a single style with unique flavours and aromas.
Cognac Park Borderies in Singapore
The Cognac Park Collection is a series of cognac that comes from different regions. Each of them is carefully crafted to represent the best that they should.
The Cognac Park Borderies hails exclusively from the idyllic Borderies growing area of the Cognac region has been carefully assembled to highlight the delightful characteristics typical of only the best Borderies cognacs, as seen through its vibrant and bright apricot colour.
The original Cognac Park Borderies is known as “single vineyard” and represents the beauty of the rich and robust flavours typical of the Borderies region. It has a pure, delicate and intricate style, featuring the best of their terroirs.
The latest addition to the family of Cognac Park Borderies, however, added a new dimension to the robust and rich cognac with a finish in Mizunara cask. As we know, Mizunara oak is a rare varietal of oak from Japan, and the porous wood is used to create unique barrels for ageing Japanese premium spirits. The Mizunara barrels enhances the soft, round taste and floral notes of the Borderies cognac, bringing more depth and complexity through the addition of pleasant spice to both the nose and the palate.
Park Borderies Mizunara is 100% from Borderies, the most exclusive of the six terroirs in the French Cognac region, which is characterised by rounded, floral and sweet Eaux-de-vie, with subtle hints of violets.
The distillery makes use of the process of double distillation using traditional copper pot stills (not unlike Scotch whisky!). The production method makes it possible to obtain complex, finely elaborated spirits. The technique is called the “Charentais Method”.
The distillate then spends four years in French oak barrels of 400 litres. First, it is aged in new barrels for ten months; then it gets a transfer to used casks. Each cask is mainly from the Limousin forest.
At the end of the ageing period, the cognac is finished in new Mizunara casks (500 litres in volume) for six months before getting bottled at 43.5% abv.