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Martell

It may surprise you to learn that the oldest of the great Cognac houses was started by an Englishman, Jean Martell, after he left his hometown of Jersey to start trading eaux-de-vie in 1715.

Many aspects that would come to define the brand and the profile of its expressions were implemented by Jean Martell, such as his decision to own vineyards in the exquisite Borderie subregion, and that Tronçais oak be used for exclusively when barrel-making. It would more than century of building the company from the ground up, however, before Martell established two of its most iconic features: first, in 1838, the family acquired the Château de Chanteloup to be its home, and it remains as such to this day, and in 1848 Martell began to market the first of its bottles to be decorated with a blue and silver label, produced by a Parisian printer.

The process of creating Martell Cognac begins, of course, in the company's own vineyard holdings, which comprise of 160 hectares in Borderies, 45 hectares in Grande Champagne and 38 hectares in Petit Champagne. Jean Martell was right to be passionate about the Borderies, famed for its silica-clay soils that bring its Ugni Blanc grapes distinctive floral aromas and an exceptionally unique terroir, making Martell eaux-de-vie truly stand apart.

Martell produce in total around 70% of its own distillate, with the remainder of company's remaining supplemented by an even supply of newly made distillate from third-party distillers and aged eau-de-vie. It is alone among the great Cognac houses for its engaging in its practice of distilling only clear wines, where all sediments and impurities have been removed. Martell is also notable for refusing to use Chauffe-vins to preheat the wine prior to distillation, in the belief that this is detrimental to the wine's flavour.

The traditional copper pot stills used to heat the low wines will most likely the ones located at Gallienne Distillery, where Martell boast the largest première chauffe (first distillation) stills in Cognac. With a capacity of 130 hectolitres, just 10 hectolitres short of the legal maximum, the stills replicate the shape and proportions of Martell’s original stills but around four times bigger. Gallienne Distillery, constructed in 1992 for Martell, remains one of the largest and most technically advanced distilleries in Cognac.

Martell has always opted exclusively for Tronçais barrels, made of new, soft and fine-grain oak, which is lightly toasted. The Tronçais style dictates that oak trees are planted close together to reduce the amount of light available to sapling, slowing their growth rate, causing the rings representing growth to become more compact.

Once Martell has decided that its eaux-de-vie has aged for the appropriate amount of time, it will transport it from the oak barrels and place it in demijohns to rest for one to four months prior to bottling. This halts the maturation process, preserving the eaux-de-vie in its ideal state. There are more than 200,000 casks of maturing eau-de-vie stored by Martell at any one time, the finest of which are stored in the Jean Martell cellar, some of which will age for over 200 hundred years to make the rarest of cognacs. In total, Martell produces around 1.5 million 9-litre cases of cognac a year.

A truly legendary and renowned Cognac house, Martell boats a long and storied history thanks to the quality and refinement of its spirit. Martell Cognac has featured at numerous royal occasions, such the coronation of King George V of England in 1911 and in 1957, when Martell Cordon Bleu was served at a reception given by the French president René Coty in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It was also present in 1936, when it was served on the Queen Mary's maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, and in 1951 when famous explorer Paul-Emile Victor took eight cases with him on a polar expedition. In 1977, Martell Cordon Bleu held the distinction of being served at twice the speed of sound to Concorde passengers flying from Paris to New York.

With a wealth of impressive records set and counting many distinguished and famous fans of the brand, Martell Cognac is simply too good to ignore. A range of its expressions, including Martell XO Cognac, Martell VS Single Distillery and Martell VSOP Medaillon are available here.

Martell Cordon Bleu

70cl, 40%

Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac was originally created by Edouard Martell in 1912. It is a sultry, stylish cognac with a lovely fruity, spicy flavour.  More info

Martell Cordon Bleu
6
$110.06

Martell Blue Swift

70cl, 40%

A curious spirit from the House of Martell. Blue Swift starts out with a base of their VSOP Cognac, but it's then finished in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The result is rich and creamy, with outstanding…  More info

Martell Blue Swift
$46.08
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Martell VS Single Distillery

70cl, 40%

An intriguing 2017 release from Martell - it's a VS Cognac made with spirits distilled exclusively at one distillery! Their reasoning behind this choice (rather than using eaux-de-vie from a…  More info

Martell VS Single Distillery
3
$32.38
$23.06

Martell VSOP Medaillon

70cl, 40%

A rich, nutty Cognac from Martell. A very popular VSOP.  More info

Martell VSOP Medaillon
3
$48.04

Martell Cohiba Cognac

70cl, 43%

One of just two Martell Cognacs made with 100% Grand Champagne and it's created to match a fine Cuban cigar. What more could you want?!  More info

Martell Cohiba Cognac
$323.56

Martell VS (35cl) - 1990s

35cl, 40%

A half-bottle of Martell VS Cognac, which we think was produced back in the 1990s. Somehow this escaped being used in a recipe on one of the many popular cooking shows of the '90s, which is more than…  More info

Martell VS (35cl) - 1990s
$62.89

Martell VS 1.5l

150cl, 40%

Created with mostly Ugni Blanc spirit, the majority of which are from the Borderies region - known for its woody style of cognac. The result is fruity and rich with lots of character. This is the…  More info

Martell VS 1.5l
$57.96

Martell Premier Assemblage

70cl, 40%

A reproduction of Martell as it was back in 1879 released as part of their 300th anniversary celebrations. Created by Martell Cellar Master Benoît Fil, it's based on records from the famous Cognac…  More info

Martell Premier Assemblage
$53.94

Martell VS 3 Star 68cl - 1970s

68cl, 40%

Back in the 1970s, this is what bottles of Martell's fantastic VS Cognac looked like! If you fancy yourself a Cognac collector, this certainly would make a handsome addition to your collection.  More info

Martell VS 3 Star 68cl - 1970s
$188.68

Martell VS - 1950s

70cl, 40%

A 1950s bottling of the brilliant Martell 3 Star Cognac. This comes with a very smart-looking blue label, and a spring cap closure.  More info

Martell VS - 1950s
$628.94

Martell Medallion VSOP Cognac 1l - 1970s

100cl, 0%

A very fancy 1 litre bottle of Martell Medallion VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s. Martell are one of the longest running Cognac producers (they were founded in 1715!), and over the years, they've…  More info

Martell Medallion VSOP Cognac 1l - 1970s
$352.20

Martell The Silver Jubilee 1952-1977 Special Reserve Cognac - Bottle #14

68cl, 42%

A extremely rare, antique Cognac from the House of Martell, specially produced in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. For this spectacular release, Martell blended together…  More info

Martell The Silver Jubilee 1952-1977 Special Reserve Cognac - Bottle #14
$2,515.74

Martell VS 3.78l - 1970s

378cl, 40%

A very large antique bottle of Martell VS Cognac, holding 3.78 litres of the classic tipple. It was produced back in the 1970s, and would likely have been used in a pub or bar and enjoyed by people…  More info

Martell VS 3.78l - 1970s
$1,257.87

Martell VS 3 Star (Square Bottle) - 1970s

70cl, 0%

An interesting bottle of Martell Three Star Cognac from the 1970s. This has been presented in a flask-shaped 70cl bottle, rather than the more traditionally shaped bottles which Martell used during…  More info

Martell VS 3 Star (Square Bottle) - 1970s
$226.42

Martell 3 Star (35cl) - 1970s

35cl, 0%

An interesting item for Cognac collectors, this edition of Martell 3 Star Cognac from the 1970s comes in a smaller 35cl flask-shaped bottle. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd…  More info

Martell 3 Star (35cl) - 1970s
$94.34

Martell VSOP Medallion - 1970s

35cl, 0%

A stout 35cl bottle of Medallion VSOP Cognac, produced in the 1970s by the famed Cognac house Martell. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in…  More info

Martell VSOP Medallion - 1970s
$113.21

Martell VS 3 Star - 1970s

70cl, 0%

A rare bottle of 3 Star Cognac from the renowned House of Martell, produced in the 1970s (back when the term "3 Star" was used instead of VS). This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Martell VS 3 Star - 1970s
$188.68

Martell XO Cognac

70cl, 40%

The brilliant XO from Martell, this is a soft, mellow cognac with hints of rancio, citrus, blossom and walnut, This is made by blending eaux-de-vie from both the Borderies and Grande Champagne…  More info

Martell XO Cognac
3
$94.34

Martell VS - 1990s

70cl, 40%

If you look closely at the label of this Martell VS Cognac, you'll see the Coat of Arms is a little different to bottles from previous decades. In the 1990s, it was redesigned with modernity in mind,…  More info

Martell VS - 1990s
$125.79

Martell VS 3 Star - 1987

68cl, 40%

We think that this bottle of Martell VS 3 Star was produced back in 1987. It's a wonder that it made it to today without being cracked open and enjoyed. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Martell VS 3 Star - 1987
$188.68

Martell VSOP Medaillon (Boxed) - 1980s

70cl, 40%

A collectible bottle of Martell VSOP Medaillon, which we think was produced in the 1980s. We wouldn't recommend wearing this around your neck like a medallion. A shelf or presentation case would be a…  More info

Martell VSOP Medaillon (Boxed) - 1980s
1
$226.42

Martell Chanteloup Perspective

70cl, 40%

Martell's Chanteloup Perspective is made using a combination of eaux-de-vie from four different Cognac regions - Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Fins Bois and Borderies. The name comes from an…  More info

Martell Chanteloup Perspective
$382.61

Martell VS

70cl, 40%

This classic VS cognac from Martell is largely made with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Borderies region. The results are fruity and woody and quite complex.  More info

Martell VS
3
$25.69

Martell VS (1L) - 1980s

100cl, 40%

A rare and collectable 1970s edition of VS Cognac from the Martell Cognac House, which was bottled at a substantial 100cl! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Martell VS (1L) - 1980s
$201.26

Martell VOP - 1960s

A 1960s bottling of VOP Cognac from the Martell House - you don't see VOP Cognac very much these days, making this quite a rare piece for collectors. Please note that the label does not state the…  More info

Martell VOP - 1960s
$314.47

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