Cognac Park VSOP Cognac
Its fruity flavors which call to mind flambéed banana and freshly picked vine peaches come together in an agreeable marriage of jasmine and bergamot to celebrate an incomparable voyage of the senses.
From 1880, Gaston Tessendier tended the family vineyards located in the prestigious growing area of Borderies with his sole ambition being the elaboration of outstanding eaux-de-vie.
Single-mindedly, Gaston learnt the work of the vines. Once at the head of the estate, his son took over and initiated the art of distillation and ageing. Each generation has passed on this know-how, and allowed the 4th generation of the Tessendier family to perfectly master the art of blending and to become “Creators of Cognac”.
Dominic Park, of Scottish origin, with an intrepid and visionary character, discovered the land of Cognac and wanted to create an exclusive Cognac, bearing his name. In 1993 Jerome Tessendier and Dominic Park collaborated to produce Cognac Park. At the request of Dominic Park, Jerome Tessendier created tailor made blends and elaborated the first Park range. Insisting on the use of fine and complex qualities, they became the pioneers of “made to measure” cognacs that would later be known as craft cognacs.
In 2008 Dominic Park passed on his torch; the Tessendier Distillery became the owner of Cognac Park. Over the years, the generations have continued to enhance the craftsmanship, the quality and the exclusiveness of the eaux-de-vie elaborated by Lilian and Jerome Tessendier, who, together represent the fourth generation of Master Blenders.
Widely regarded as the finest and most complex grape-based spirit in the world, Cognac follows rigorously strict production guidelines. It is made exclusively of wine—most commonly from Ugni Blanc—from the Charente and Charente-Maritime regions surrounding the town of Cognac in southwestern France. After a second distillation in antique copper pot stills (called charentais), the spirit is transferred to French oak barrels and aged a minimum of two years (VS). Cognac is classified by both age and region (Cru). The Grande Champagne Cru and Petite Champagne Cru, both having shallow limestone soils, are the most respected.