The House of Martell, the oldest of the great cognac houses, continues to innovate with the release of the new Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat Cask Finish. Inspired by wood and heat, this new limited edition marque explores the fascinating alchemy between wood and eaux-de-vie and pays tribute to the rare craftsmanship of the Martell barrel makers.
Within the tranquil silence of the Martell cellars, the famed eaux-de-vie that make up Martell Cordon Bleu undergo a beautiful transformation as they age within their oak barrels. As a living material, the oak provides the eaux-de-vie with their structure and rich amber colour and helps them develop the final stage of their aromatic personality. While the eaux-de-vie are usually matured in oak barrels that have been very slightly burnt, the ones used for this limited edition will finish their ageing in oak barrels that have been intensely burnt from the inside. Known as ‘chauffe crocodile’, this unique technique releases additional aromas that add an all-new dimension to the iconic Martell Cordon Bleu beloved by so many.
As part of the launch, Martell has collaborated with Lava East, makers of bespoke lifestyle wood pieces to present an innovative wood and fire drinking experience.
Martell’s Brand Ambassador, Marie Deloffre shared her experience
Although the Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat Cask Finish comprises the same blend of eaux-de-vie as the classic Martell Cordon Bleu, the ‘chauffe crocodile’ technique unleashes astonishing sweet spice notes. The nose, at first vivid and full-bodied, has candied-fruit notes framed by honey and a hint of brioche. This then gives way to attractive aromas of almond and roasted mocha coffee, which are accentuated by the intense heat finish. On the palate, the attack is rounded and generous with candied flavours. Delicate vanilla notes, together with a nice integrated touch of wood, combine harmoniously with notes of candied fruit. Throughout the tasting, the blend exhibits its full subtlety, structure and balance.
The limited edition Martell Cordon Bleu Intense Heat Cask Finish is available for private purchase at $312 nett.