Martell XO Cognac Exclusive Architect Edition by Christian de Portzamparc is a special edition by Pritzker award-winning Architect Christian de Portzamparc. The archtiect is known for buildings such as the Headquarters of the press group “Le Monde”, Hergé museum in Belgium, Hotel Renaissance Wagram in Paris and The City of Music in Paris.It truly is an authentic collector's item. This XO Cognac is made only from eaux-de-vie that are at least 6 years old (but are much older in general.. as always with XOs these days).
The decanter and packaging is shaped like an arch, beautiful and outstanding - a well excecuted design. The blend is a combination of Martell's signature Cru Borderies Cognacs and Grande Champagne Cognacs. This Architect edition is the second one, the first being by Paul Andreu in 2009. Produced in a strictly limited edition.
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This is the same cognac as the "standard" Martell XO. The color of XO Martell is deep golden. On the nose: Some leather hints, dry fruit. On the palate: Round and fruity - more the feminine XO, then it increases its complex aromas and spicy notes come through, along with woody tones. The Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie adds to the final, an elegant and long finish.
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!