This cognac is subtle and soft. The nose is wonderfully fruity! Delicious!
The bottle bears a gold medallion engraved with the family logo of Louis XIV, the last year of his reign (1715) is also the year when Martell was founded.
This Martell VSOP is the result of mixing eaux de vie from the four major (Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois) areas of the Charente.
Martell also offers the Martell Noblige, this Cognac is fully made of Borderies Cognacs.
Martell is a leading manufacturer of Cognac, founded by Jean Martell in 1715. It was sold in 1988 by the Firino-Martell family to Seagram and again in 2002 to the Pernod Ricard Group, which also owns the Cognac brands Biscuit and Renault.
The cellar master was, up to the 1980s, from the family Chapeau (in the way the cellar masters of Hennessy are from the family Fillioux).
Martell attaches importance to produce pure, soft, neutral Cognacs; thus it does not distill lees in the wine. Preferred are casks made from Trontais oak, which is darker, with narrow pores, less tannin and more lignin, than Limousin-oak, resulting in less “wooden” aromas in the Cognac.
Much of Martell Cognac is produced from wine from the Borderies region, in contrast to other companies, which mainly sell fine Champagne Cognac. Borderies Cognac has a more nutty taste.
The tasting notes of the Martell VSOP are:
The color: golden amber.
The nose: soft fruit on the nose, some wood, a hint of vanilla.
The taste: soft and full bodied, dry fruits, oak and a hint of sweetness.
The after-taste: average after-taste.
The origin: Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois.
The age: average age is 10 to 12 years old.
The price: about € 35, –
The price / quality ratio: a 7 +. (Fine cognac, is distinguished from its three major competitors by using Borderies.)