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A modern update on a traditional classic
Jérôme Tessendier, of the Tessendier cognac distillery
The Tessendier family have been established as master cognac distillers for many generations now. Even the Tessendiers who weren’t necessarily distillers by profession took an interest in the field. One such was Jérôme Tessendier’s great-grandfather, Gaston – a maths teacher who loved nothing more than to drive to his little patch of vineyard near Bordeaux on weekends to look after his vines and make wine. When Jérôme decided to create his own brandy, he thought about his ancestor and his cheerful weekend hobby, and named the brandy “Mr Gaston” in his honour.
Brandies are an old classic – too old, some might say. Over the years, brandy has come to be seen as somewhat old-fashioned, and has been almost forgotten by the French market. Jérôme, almost indignant on brandy’s behalf, decided to turn this image on its head. After all, brandy is delicious, luxurious, and versatile. It would be a shame to forget about it. Mr Gaston is a stylish, modern update on the classic brandies of yore, combining precisely perfect technique with a fun, eye-catching design.
As a member of the Tessendier family and current owner of the Tessendier distillery and vineyards, Jérôme’s technical knowledge and expertise is unrivalled in his field. He grew up in and around the distillery, learning from the masters and perfecting his trade, which meant that turning this expertise towards brandy was an easy task. Using all the top-of-the-line equipment at hand, he created his first brandy in 2020. A smooth, rich, tropical success – Mr Gaston had entered the room.
Distillation and aging
There’s something light-hearted about Mr Gaston. In a world of old-fashioned brandies that take themselves a little too seriously, Mr Gaston is a breath of fresh air. Combining impeccable technique with a lively, contemporary approach, Mr Gaston looks to instil new life into the brandy scene. Gaston Tessendier, the weekending hobbyist who made wines purely to entertain himself, would be delighted.