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Merlet XO Cognac: a Maison Merlet Masterpiece
The masters at Merlet have done it once again, creating an award-winning XO par excellence that brings together a wonderfully woody palate with lasting fruity notes in a classic blend that’s been aged for a minimum of ten years. This particular blend contains a combination of mostly Fins Bois and Fine Champagne eaux-de-vie, using the art of blending, masterful maturation and skilful savoir-faire to create the now-iconic Merlet XO Cognac.
A round and warm blend that boasts an extreme elegance in both taste and presentation, the Merlet XO Cognac has been carefully crafted by Gilles Merlet and his two sons Pierre and Luc, distilling their eaux-de-vie on-site before leaving it to age for at least 6 years in the family's cherished cellars. This combination of crus produces a unique and fruity aromatic palate that has been described as "characteristically Merlet". A well-rounded and exquisite XO, it has been celebrated for its beautifully balanced flavors of fruit and wood.
Maison Merlet has been producing Cognac since 1850 and was founded by Gilles' grandfather Firmit Merlet. Located in the village of Saint Sauvant, the estate has been achieving recognition from connoisseurs since its humble beginnings, with Monsieur Merlet even managed to earn the gold medal for his Cognac at the World Exhibition in 1900.
With their estate spreading across the Fins Bois and Borderies terroirs, the family work with many winegrowers to source and distil eaux-de-vie from crus all over the region, using the family's ancestral expertise to create award-winning and exciting Cognacs. This blend was awarded 95/100 in Wine Mag's Top 100 Spirits 2017, praising the Merlet XO for its elegant notes of violet, lively orange peel and a spicy undercurrent.
Presentation of the Bottle
The Merlet XO bottle is extremely luxurious in its presentation, with the family's coat of arms embossed onto the glass and a leather-like label wrapped around the bottle of the body in decadent deep brown and gold. The bottle also features a golden-colored stopper and a cardboard case for presentation, gifting or storage purposes. This is a certainly a stand-out Cognac to display proudly amongst your collection. A treat for the eyes (and the tastebuds) for connoisseurs and amateurs alike.
How to Enjoy
We recommend enjoying the Merlet XO in a traditional snifter glass, neat and at room temperature, allowing you to appreciate each individual aroma and savor every single sip.
Merlet XO - Superor quality with an Fantastic price, WOW!!!
This is my 1st experience with the X.O. from Merlet. It just arrived at the retailer who said it just arrived from the wholesaler and I think needs to settle down. The nose shows light floral elements with hints of oak comming through. The palate is initially soft but starts to open up big time with good fruit elements and hints of oak.
After a few minutes in a snifter the palate becomes richer with light caramel notes. The finish after a few minutes in the glass becomes richer, smoother and very enjoyable. The price is ridiculous. $99.99 for a 750 ml. GREAT VALUE. Other X.O.s go for $180++
About Merlet Cognac
With a traceable history dating back to 1850, the Merlet family have continued to produce cognac, alongside a continually growing range of other products, to the current day. Headed today by Gilles Merlet, his sons Pierre and Luc joined the business a few years back, bringing with them a new generation of enthusiasm and direction. Although the house Distillerie Merlet & Fils originally produced eaux-de-vie for some of the most prestigious cognac houses in the world of cognac, they are now famous in their own right, not only for their quality cognacs, but for their innovative range of other products that sell around the globe.
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