Martell (cognac)

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Martell (cognac)
Founded 1715
Founders Jean Martell
Headquarters 7 pl Edouard Martell,
16100 COGNAC
, France
Products Vin (Cognac)
Owners Pernod Ricard
Website http://www.martell.com

Martell is one of the oldest cognac houses. Founded in 1715 by Jean Martell (1694-1753), it is part of the Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët subsidiary of the French wines and spirits group, Pernod-Ricard.

History[edit]

In 1715, Jean Martell, a young merchant originally from Jersey, created his own trading business in Cognac, on the banks of the Charente, and thus founded one of the very first cognac houses. After his death in 1753, his widow and then his two sons and grandson continued this tradition and developed the export business to make Martell the number one in England in 1814.

In 1831, Martell created his first "VSOP" (Very Special Old Pale) cognac and continued its international expansion. Its fame spread throughout the world, with the first exports to Japan and other Asian markets, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea.

Cordon Bleu, created in 1912, is certainly the company’s most famous product.

Martell was served aboard the Queen Mary in 1936 and even on Concorde in 1977.

In 1987, Seagram took control of the French manufacturer for $1.2 billion.

Since the acquisition of some of the Seagram Group’s spirits in 2001, Martell has belonged to the French spirits group, Pernod Ricard.

In the 2000s, Martell created new cognacs: "Martell XO" in 2005, "Martell Création Grand Extra" in 2007, in a bottle designed by the artist and glass designer Serge Mansau. In 2009, Martell cognac launched its signature cognac, "L'Or de Jean Martell". In 2011, Martell expanded its "ultra-prestige" range with an exceptional cognac, "Martell Chanteloup Perspective", a tribute to the know-how of the cellar masters and to the Domaine de Chanteloup.

In 2006, Martell joined the Comité Colbert, an association that promotes French luxury houses on an international scale.

In 2010, Martell renewed its sponsorship with the Palace of Versailles, which began in 2007, by supporting the restoration of the Queen’s antechamber. In 2012, Martell Cordon Bleu, which was launched by Edouard Martell in 1912 at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, celebrated its 100th birthday in the same place.

Know-how[edit]

Les Borderies[edit]

The terroir in the Les Borderies region creates a cru that is believed to be the most prestigious in the Cognac region through its rarity and the quality of the eaux-de-vie which it produces. When he founded his house, Jean Martell was already interested in the Les Borderies region. Its Ugni Blanc grapes bring its cognacs an aromatic richness marked with notes of candied fruit and sweet spices.

Distillation[edit]

Martell has developed its own method of distillation using traditional Charentais copper stills. Supervised by the cellar master, the distillation uses techniques and expertise that have been passed on since the time of Jean Martell.

Ageing[edit]

For this final stage of maturation, Martell has chosen fine-grained oak barrels. When the maturation is at an end, under the watchful eye of the cellar master, the eaux-de-vie are sampled to prepare for the blending that will create the cognac.

Products[edit]

Martell selects crus from the Cognac region: Les Borderies, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois.

Martell VS[edit]

Created more than 150 years ago [exact date unclear] under the name of "Trois Étoiles" (Three Stars), Martell VS (Very Special) is intended for drinking as a long drink or in a cocktail.

Martell VSOP[edit]

Martell VSOP Médaillon (Very Special Old Pale) is a cognac blended from old eaux-de-vie chosen from amongst the best crus in the Cognac region.

Martell Noblige[edit]

The old eaux-de-vie which make up Martell Noblige give it its distinctive taste. Refinement and sophistication characterise this unique cognac.

Martell Cordon Bleu[edit]

Martell Cordon Bleu was created by Edouard Martell in 1912. It is characterised by a taste with notes of candied fruit and gingerbread.

Martell XO[edit]

Martell XO is a blend of crus from Les Borderies and Grande Champagne. Its bottle is arch-shaped.

Martell Chanteloup[edit]

Perspective Martell Chanteloup is an "Extra" cognac which blends eaux-de-vie, some of which have been aged for several years in the cellars at Chanteloup.

Martell Création Grand Extra[edit]

Martell Création Grand Extra is a blend of crus from the Les Borderies and Grande Champagne regions.

Martell Cohiba[edit]

Martell Cohiba is a blend of old eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne cognac region. It is characterised by notes of dried flowers.

L’Or de Jean Martell[edit]

L’Or de Jean Martell is a blend of crus from the Les Borderies and Grande Champagne regions. This cognac brings together more than four hundred eaux-de-vie, some of which are over a hundred years old.

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