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THE ART OF BLENDING

Martell Chanteloup XXO Unveiled: A Unique Experience, An Exceptional Cognac

My journey to discover Maison Martell’s history started in Paris when its outstanding new cognac, Martell Chanteloup XXO, was unveiled during a gala dinner event at the historic Petit Palais. This exceptional experience was appropriate for what is a landmark launch, not only for Maison Martell, the oldest of the great cognac houses and the global leader in prestige cognacs but also for the world of cognac as a whole.

More than 100 guests from across the world came to witness the unveiling of Martell Chanteloup XXO, an exceptional blend of 450 very old eaux-de-vie drawn from the four finest terroirs in the Cognac region. A supreme demonstration of the Martell art of blending, passed on through 300 years and nine generations of Cellar Masters, Martell Chanteloup XXO is accompanied by the Martell Chanteloup XXO Masterpiece. Both were presented during a gala dinner prepared by Michelin three-star chef Guy Savoy, who collaborated with Martell Cellar Master Christophe Valtaud to create dishes that would enhance the uniquely rich and complex aromas of Martell Chanteloup XXO.

With the unveiling of Martell Chanteloup XXO, Maison Martell demonstrates not only its savoir-faire and mastery of the art of blending but also the spirit of audacity and innovation that are the legacy of its founder Jean Martell.

Martell Chanteloup XXO is named after the historic Château de Chanteloup near Cognac, France, which is the soul of Maison Martell. It is fitting, therefore, that Martell Chanteloup XXO takes cognac lovers right to the heart of the House – not only into the dedicated cellar on the Chanteloup estate where it is finished but also to the very essence of the Martell art of blending.

A unique blend of the four finest cognac crus

The richness and complexity of Martell Chanteloup XXO represent a significant challenge for the Cellar Master – even more so since Maison Martell is the only house to dare to combine all four of the most prestigious crus, Borderies, Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, and Fins Bois, in a single cognac. Rising to the challenge with a virtuosity founded on three centuries of savoir-faire, Christophe Valtaud blends the precious eaux-de-vie so that their different characteristics enrich and enhance each other, attaining a perfect harmony. The Martell art of blending is thus defined as the refinement of complexity, and Martell Chanteloup XXO as the culmination of it.

The heart and soul of Maison Martell

 

The next day, I had the opportunity to tour of the Château de Chanteloup estate. A heaven of serenity in the Borderies terroir, the Château de Chanteloup was the Martell family estate for generations.

Its origins date back to the 16th century when it was a fortified farm surrounded by woods and vineyards. In 1838, it was acquired by Jean Martell’s grandson Théodore, who extended the domain and converted the original house into a residential château set in parkland. In the 1930s, Maurice Firino-Martell transformed it into the building it is today – a neo-medieval manor in a style more associated with Deauville than Cognac, all for the love of his wife Elisabeth, who was homesick for her native Normandy.

Today, the Château de Chanteloup retains the ambiance of a family home, ready to welcome special guests with the spirit of generosity for which the Martell family and Maison Martell have always b