Distillerie Tessendier & Fils
Grape growers, producers of Cognac and innovative spirits
“Time is of the essence for creating high-quality spirits” (Jérôme Tessendier)
The Tessendier & Fils Distillery, established in 1880, is a family-run business based in Cognac and Jarnac, on the banks of the Charente, which produces a diverse portfolio of high-quality Cognacs (see Cognac Park) with a modern twist. The heirs, Jérôme and Lilian Tessendier, have succeeded in modernising the family business in the face of the international dimension of the market: first by creating their own brand of Cognac, then by drawing on their ancestral savoir-faire to refine other types of spirits. This knowledge was forged over time, improved from generation to generation and is now shared by the Tessendier Distillery through three Cognac series (Park, Campagnère, Grand Breuil), each with its own unique character, its own history.
To cater to the needs of an international clientele, often with very different tastes and cultural approaches, the company has constantly rejuvenated and expanded its range. This is exemplified by the new ageing process in mizunara oak casks (a very rare and high quality Japanese oak) for their Park Cognac and the most recent Mr Gaston Gin.
For some years now the brothers have been using their know-how to its best advantage to blend their own rum and to partially age it in Cognac casks. They have created the Saison Rum line, which embodies the art of blending of Jérôme and Lilian Tessendier. The cellar master created the rum in four key stages from the search for terroirs to the finishing touches: origins, ageing, blending and finishing. Each of these stages follows the previous one, like the four seasons. This innovative, sequenced approach produces the rum known as Saison.
The distillates are carefully selected from 3 different terroirs on the Caribbean islands of Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica. The master blender’s intention is to showcase the typicality of these areas of origin by utilising the warmth and specific hygrometry of the Caribbean islands to give the future rum a unique oxidation, accelerate the ageing process and concentrate the aromas.
The aged rums are then blended by master blender Jérôme Tessendier and left to rest for several months on the banks of the Charente in mature French oak casks that used to contain Cognac. No sugar or caramel colouring is added to their rum.
And who is Mr Gaston?
In 1880, Gaston Tessendier, a maths teacher, became a weekend winemaker at his estate “le Buisson”, in Javrezac, in the Borderies region of Charente. Despite the strenuous work in the vineyard, he never regretted his whimsical hobby. With MR GASTON GIN Jérôme Tessendier, inspired by his origins in Charente and his expertise in the world of spirits, continues to provide innovative and original creations for connoisseurs.
The Mr Gaston Gin range is made from French wheat and botanicals that are 100% organic. Special attention is paid to gins aged in mizunara oak and sherry casks. They delight and surprise with unexpected flavours.
Spirits from Distillerie Tessendier & Fils
from Distillerie Tessendier & Fils
For many years Baur au Lac Wines has been Switzerland's exclusive importer of the sumptuous Cognacs created by Dominic Park. The story goes back to the 1990s when Dominic Park decided to leave his job as a wine trader in London to create his own cognac house with the style he wanted. This is summed up by a very clean vision of what cognac should be: insist on the best origins and a very precise distillation and ageing to give a high-class product in a modern, elegant bottle.
Between Rimini and San Marino, not far from the loud and lively beaches of the Adriatic Sea, lies San Patrignano. This rather unconventional village with between 1600 and 2000 inhabitants was founded in 1978 by Vincenzo Muccioli and like-minded people with the aim of offering young people in need a new future through work and vocational training.