Launched in 1874, the label of Martel's 'Very Superior Old Pale' cognac bears a gold medallion engraved with a portrait of Louis XIV, in the last year of whose reign (1715) Martell was founded.
Martell V.S.O.P. is blended from around 30 to 50 different eaux-de-vie with Fins Bois being the highest proportion of the blend along with some Petit Champagne to add character. The eaux-de-vie used is typically aged for more than four years with some eau-de-vie in the blend as old as ten years.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 23/10/2016
Clear, golden amber.
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