Martell Cognac producer has been around for three centuries!
It is important because for making exceptional Cognac you need time – actually
you need many generations for creating very old Cognac. The practice of
distilling heated or "burnt" wine originated as a means of preserving wine for
the long transport by Dutch traders. The resulting alcoholic beverage was called
brandewijn (literally "burnt wine"), which later became more widely known by its
English variant, brandy. In France, one particular region, centered around the
village of Cognac along the Charente river, became particularly prized for the
quality of its brandy. Cognac. The eaux-de-vie needs to sit in an oak barrel for
ages before being blended into a Cognac.
In 1715, Jean Martell, a young merchant originally from Jersey, created his own
trading business at Gatebourse in Cognac, on the banks of the Charente, and thus
founded one of the very first cognac houses. Martell used grapes from the
vineyards in the Borderie subregion, and used Tronçais oak for its casks, this
made a combination that resulted in an exceptionally smooth cognac. Martell XO
Supreme Cognac is a masterful blend of cognacs up to 35 years old. Combining
elegance and taste in it's distinctive arched bottle. An outstanding Cognac,
remaining loyal to the creative and inspired spirit of his founder, is
remarkable as much for the nobility of its blending as for the stunning beauty
of its presentation. Taste the subtle balance between the power of the Grande
Champagne and the mellow elegance of the Borderies.
Martell XO Supreme Cognac
A deep gold, coppery tint, enriched with mahogany sheens. Martell Supreme XO
Cognac has a sensational ripe bouquet with melon, subtle hints of walnut and
butter cream. At first taste, fruit sensations are perfectly balanced with hints
of oak that blossom mid-palate with bursts of raisins, vanilla and butterscotch.
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Martell XO Supreme is among the rarest and oldest Eaux-de-Vies.
When you start discovering Cognac, one of the first things you
notice is that each bottle has a different age specific rating. The most common
ratings are VS Cognac, VSOP Cognac and XO Cognac. XO Cognacs are a mystery. XO
stands for Extra Old, and it describes a Cognac consisting of eaux-de-vie that
have been aged in oak barrels for a minimum of six years. However, XOs often
have a much older average age, with many XO Cognacs being 20 years old and
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