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Martell Cordon Bleu XO Cognac

Recommended 81 /100
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Cognac age
XO

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Growth area
Borderies

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Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Brand
Martell Cognac
€ 168
excl. VAT excl. shipping

Tasting review

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Eye: Rich amber color.

Nose: Rich aromas, flavors of cinnamon, flowers and woody floral notes. It has a prune like quality, that gives it sweetness.

Palate: Supple entry that is full bodied. A rounded sense of vanilla, citrus peel and spice. Dried nut, roasted cocoa beans and chestnut aromas. It is rather masculine. The Cordon Bleu's taste is dominated by the eaux-de-vie from the Borderies region. The finish is warm with leather notes, and long and satisfying.

Awards

  • International Spirits Challenge  - 2021 - Gold
  • International Wine and Spirits Competition - 2020 - Silver - 91 points
  • International Spirits Challenge  - 2020 - Silver
  • International Spirits Challenge  - 2020 - Gold
  • International Spirits Challenge  - 2016 - Silver
  • International Spirits Challenge  - 2017 - Gold
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2016 - Double Gold
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2017 - Bronze
  • International Spirits Challenge  - 2018 - Gold
  • International Wine and Spirits Competition - 2017 - Silver - 80 - 85,9
  • International Wine and Spirits Competition - 2018 - Gold - Outstanding - 93
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2018 - Gold
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2019 - Double Gold

Growth area & soil: Borderies

Borderies

Borderies

Description

The Martell XO Cordon Bleu

Experience the piece de resistance of this Cognac maison, the Martell Cordon Bleu. This bottle is truly a piece of history. Created back in 1912 by Edouard Martell, the recipe is now over a century old-- and it’s one that’s truly stood the test of time. At an Extra Old age quality, it is something of legend in the world of Cognac. There have been no changes to the recipe over the years; demonstrating its sheer timeless quality. It has a distinctive taste that's characterized by a predominance of eaux-de-vie from the Borderies terroir; the smallest in the Cognac region. Known for producing Cognacs that have a very specific aroma, the clay and flint composition of the soil makes for something quite rare. Find out more about the Borderies cru here on our blog. In total, the Cordon Bleu is a symphony of over 150 eaux-de-vie. The Cellar Master of the Martell Cognac house, Christophe Valtaud places emphasis on the importance of the Borderies eaux-de-vie in the blend; with a complexity and array of rich aromas to make it a Cognac that has established itself as legendary. He describes it as a unique Cognac in the Extra Old (XO) category.

How to enjoy the Martell Cordon Bleu 70cl

Of course, with the Cordon Bleu, 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. Enjoy it neat or over ice.

Martell, the oldest Cognac house in the region

As the oldest house in the Cognac region, dating back to 1715, it is only fitting that Martell have created such a Cognac legend in the form of the Martell Cordon Bleu. It has had a notable history since then, too. It was enjoyed during the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, during the inauguration of Queen Mary in 1936, and has even starred in movies such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now! The Cordon Bleu has been reinvented time and time again by Martell throughout history; the most recent being the stunning royal blue Art of Generosity edition designed by Mathilde de L’Ecotais.

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About Martell Cognac

Martell is the oldest of the Big Four Cognac houses. Similar to Rémy Martin, but a few years older still, not long ago did Martell 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, the cuvée 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, and are famous for using large amounts of eaux-de-vie from the Borderies terroir. 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!

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