The Cognac that Martell considered good enough to replace their original VSOP, which had been on the market for over 50 years.
The tagline for this Martell offering is “true elegance lies in perfect balance”, something that this bottling demonstrates amply.
Aged in “Red Barrels”, Martell provide an interesting definition of what this term means. The Cognac House uses it to describe their fine grained oak barrels once they have previously held eaux-de-vie for between two years and eight years, changing the character of the oak and giving it a distinctive red colour. Only these casks are used to age Martell’s VSOP, as they are said to produce a superior balance. The company says that this process is “Exploring a new dimension of Martell Ageing Savoir-Faire [know-how].
The result is a lusciously fruity and intense Cognac, packed with oaky, spicy and dried fruit notes. Drinkers should expect flavours of cinnamon, cloves, peaches, oak, fresh grapes, sweet wine, vanilla, honey and pressed flowers.
A suitable replacement for an iconic bottling.