Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac truly is a piece of history. Created back in 1912 by Edouard Martell, the recipe is now well over a century old - and it's one that's truly stood the test of time. An XO quality, Cordon Bleu is now something of legend in the world of Cognac.
It has a distinctive taste that's characterised by a predominance of eaux-de-vie from the Borderies terror. And of course, the bottle is instantly recognizable. A Cognac of this standard is perfectly presented in such a simplistic bottle - after all, when a drink is of this quality, it's only right that the flavor is allowed to speak for itself.
Cellar Master of Martell, Christophe Valtaud, says of Cordon Bleu: "Here we have a unique Cognac in the XO category. Martell Cordon Bleau is endowed with beautiful complexity and rich aromas, making it a legendary Cognac. Its high proportion of Borderies marks this blend, expanding on its caramelized character with the smoothness of sweet spices, gingerbread, and roasted cocoa beans".
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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.
While the nose is light and fruity, the Cognac itself I would describe as masculine. A heavy Cognac with a slight punch and wooden taste.
The Aftertaste is interesting and long. You can discover fruity apricot notes as well a bit of spices.
Personally, I prefer less bold/heavy Cognacs. However, the Martell XO blend is exceptional together with the bottle design - which is a bit casual. The bottle is great to grab.
People who know the Hennessy XO, should try this Cognac.
I tasted Cordon Bleu in a blind tasting, compared to other XO cognacs. I really, really like this very balanced, not too punchy, not too round Cognac. It has been one of my favorite (perhaps THE favorite) blend of the top4 houses. I simply also love the great iconic bottle - very simplistic and understated. I can only recommend this one! I am not aware of a comparable cognac in terms of taste.