Martell is the oldest of the big cognac houses. Similar to Rémy Martin, but a few years older still, Martell will soon celebrate its 300 year anniversary. The history of Martell & Co dates back to 1715, when Jean Martell founded the company with the wish to produce only the highest quality in cognac. With the legendary bottles Martell Cordon Bleu, Martell Extra L’Or de Jean Martell and the recent Création Grand Extra from 2007, the company strongly implanted itself in the luxury goods market. It belongs to Pernod Ricard and has sales of around 15 million liters every year. The most precious eaux-de-vie, some of which date back to 1830, are stored in a secret location in the cellars of Jean Martell - approximately 1,6 million 9 liter cases!
To the eye: We can admire an elegant coppery color with golden glints. On the nose: We first notice gourmet aromas such as banana and caramelized pears. Then a subtle sweetness appears, and notes of vanilla & coconut mixed with spicy and menthol are revealed.
The Cordon Bleus taste is dominated by the eaux-de-vie from the Borderies region. On the nose: Floral and elegant. On the palate: A round and smooth cognac, rather masculine, with some hints of fruit and wood. The finish is long and satisfying.
Martell Cohibas nose is rather soft, mellow but complex. Some sweet notes, like vanilla, hazlenut and slight honey. In the mouth: Quite down the line, a good strength, but round and fresh - some wood aromas. The finish is well balanced.
Tasting notes: Neat, you will discover the toasted and subtle spicy notes, with as little barrel oak as possible, and a subtle and smooth balance between smoky hints and rich, crystallised fruit flavours.
Tasting review by Bisquit Cognac:
Nose : this prestigious cognac offers a bouquet of aromas expressed around a core of dried and candied fruit, apricot & prune, & soft spices, cinnamon, vanilla, & liquorice Palate : Prestige is extremely smooth and round. The notes expressed on the nose...