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Martell Cordon Bleu XO Cognac

Recommended 81 /100

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Dimitre I.

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Based in San Francisco, CA, I grew up on a vineyard in Europe. I am avid wine, and scotch enthusiast, and I have been exploring Cognacs and Armagnacs as a newly found passion.

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XO quality at Napoleon price. Recommended

Exceptional 90 /100

Martell is my favorite of the big four cognac houses and Cordon Bleu is the reason for that.
Nose: lively and assertive. Autumn orchards, dark fruit, red apple, and plums. Nutty: almond paste. With time, coco powder and cinnamon bark notes develop in the background. Very complex nose.
Palate: smooth, viscous, and full bodied. Palate starts rather sweet, but mid-palate, the sweetness is balanced perfectly by spices and light oak. Delicate and elegant palate. The signature Borderies character of fruitiness and earthiness are present in spades here, for my delight. Leather flavors in the background.
Finish: long. Plums, cinnamon bark, and spices. Light oak.
Overall: Pricy but worth it. XO quality at Napoleon price. If you are set on spending big bucks on one of the big cognac names, this is it. I prefer Cordon Bleu to the more expensive Martell XO, which is also very good.


Wood 6/10

Spice 9/10

Fruit 8/10

Flower 9/10

Bottle / Package Design 3/5

Where is the Love? Ordinary Nice Beautiful A sight to be seen!

Value for Money 4/5

Overpriced Low Average Bargain Steal



What aromas do you get when you sniff the Cognac? Do you get hints of fruits or flowers - perhaps it's sweet? Is it intense or rather flat - and most importantly, is the nose coherent to taste and finish? The nose is the most important part when tasting Cognac.



A small sip: Allow your taste buds in the various areas of your mouth to distinguish the different flavours. This part of cognac tasting is described as ‘the palate’. Don’t just swallow it down; allow the liquid to touch all the regions of the mouth. Doing this is necessary as the taste buds pick up contrasting flavours in the different areas of the mouth; on the tip of your tongue to the sides, for example. Take a tiny sip to prep your palate for the sensory experience to come. Take a second larger sip, and gently roll the cognac around, etting it come into contact with every corner of your mouth. Focus on the perceived textural sensations. Are the sensations round and rich or fresh and elegant? Is the overall mouthfeel intense, balanced, disjointed, or lacking presence? In short, how does the cognac feel in your mouth?



Quite simply, what do you taste as you gently roll the cognac around in your mouth? Pay close attention to any flavors of fruits, flowers, oak, and spices - or a complex combination of those elements. Are the flavors cohesive with the Nose and the Mouth, giving a sense of balance and complexity?



The ‘finish’ is the experience you get after you’ve swallowed the cognac. What flavours can you detect? Is it a flat or rough finish and rather sharp, or is it a slight 'punch' you like? How long does the finish last? Also think about overall balance: How does the finish compare to nose and taste?


Overall Impression

Consider the Nose, Mouth, Taste, and Finish simultaneously - the cognac as a whole. Is there cohesion between the four categories, or does the cognac shine in some areas and appear dull in others? Quite simply, is the memory from the tasting experience one that will last your lifetime; is the memory good but nothing extraordinary; or is the cognac’s impact entirely forgettable?


Total: 90/100

  • 80-84: Recommended
  • 85-89: Highly Recommended
  • 90-95: Exceptional
  • 96-100: Superlative
Flat Acceptable Fine Excellent Ethereal Thin & weak Disjointed Balanced Exquisite Bland Ordinary Gut Excellent Spectacular Non-existent, or rough Acceptable Gut Memorable Endless Uninspiring, or rough Ordinary Gut Excellent Memorable
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