Martell is the second best selling cognac brand with 2.6 million cases sold in 2018. Its history goes back to 1715 when Jean Martell, then 21 years old, moved to Charente region and started trading in eaux-de-vie.
He soon married into rich Cognac family (Lallemand) and before his death in 1753 the reputation of Martell House of Cognac was pretty well established. Since December 2001 Martell is owned by the French drink giant Pernod Ricard. Martell XO is a blend of eaux-de-vie aged up to 35 years with a minimum age of 10 years. The grapes come from Grande Champagne cru backed up by Les Borderies.
Nose: pretty spicy, black and red pepper, gingerbread, walnuts, dried figs, stewed apples, hints of sandalwood and beeswax.
Palate: very rich, dried figs and cherries, prunes, raisins, nougat, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and oak.
Finish: long, spicy and mildly floral, with notes of cinnamon, pepper, raisins, figs, red fruits and oak.