MARTELL - VSOP aged in red barrels (70% alc/vol)
Founded in 1715 by Jean Martell, a native of Jersey, Martell is the oldest of the great Cognac houses. For three centuries, Martell has produced, exported and marketed cognacs that are internationally renowned for their quality. Martell’s identity is founded on three key concepts: elegance, complexity and balance.
A cognac with subtle aromas. The Martell VSOP Aged in Red Barrels is a perfect harmony of luscious fruit and refined wood overtones.
‘Red’ is a reference to the reddish colour of aged oak. These barrels, crafted from fine-grained oak, have already been used to age eaux-de-vie and have reached the perfect stage of maturity before being selected for this cognac. Martell VSOP Aged in Red Barrels perfectly highlights Martell’s unique ageing style.
Martell stands out from other great cognac houses because of its special double-distillation method, traditional in the Charente region. The distillation process is carried out in copper stills or tanks to extract the wine’s essence, referred to as “eau-de-vie”. Martell is the sole major cognac house to distil only clear wines – in which all sediments and impurities have been removed – to produce exceptionally fine and pure eaux-de-vie.
The grapes come from the Charente region's four main growing areas: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois.
Martell is then aged in soft, fine-grain oak barrels that release smooth, well-balanced aromas to the cognac eaux-de-vie, lending them notes of vanilla, dried fruit, red fruit, chutney and dried flowers.
Each cognac is created using a masterful blend of eaux-de-vie from various vintages and growing areas. The cellar master carefully selects and blends them in order to consistently obtain the unique, high-quality taste of Martell cognac.
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