This festive season, Maison Martell is renewing its Martell Exclusives initiative, bringing together an international trio of creative talents to reinterpret three emblematic products as part of a limited-edition gifting collection.
Renowned for his exquisitely detailed designs which fuse references to ancestral craft techniques with contemporary visual codes, artist and ornamentalist, Pierre Marie has reinterpreted House icon Martell Cordon Bleu.
The design, accompanied by a specially composed poem, is entitled The Vine and the Oak. An intricate tracery of leaves and shoots in rich shades of red and gold evokes the “love affair” between the vine and the oak from which cognac is born.
Pierre Marie surrounds his designs with a rich narrative, telling a story in both words and images. He was inspired not only by the history of Martell Cordon Bleu, but also by its creation. In two fables, written in the tradition of French lyric poetry, he evokes the romance between the Vine and the Oak, through which this legendary cognac is brought to life.
Martell Cordon Bleu was created by Edouard Martell in 1912 and travelled around the world as a real ambassador of the French “art de vivre”. It is considered a classic, unequalled in the world of cognac. The legendary cognac Martell Cordon Bleu is an international emblem of excellence. Ideal for special occasions, the taste of this French cognac is an explosion of spicy fruit notes and elegant richness.
Colour: Deep, golden copper.
Nose: Vibrant, rich and complex, with orchard fruit – candied plum and apple – harmonising with roasted notes of mocha coffee, toasted almonds and vetiver.
Palate: An exceptionally rounded, mellow sensation further enhanced by Borderies eaux-de-vie, which lend elegance and complexity. An impressively long finish characterised by notes of fruit and spices.
History of Martell
Founded in 1715, Martell is the oldest of the great Cognac Houses. The elegance, complexity and balance of Martell style are the result of a unique savoir-faire: the distillation of clear wines only and the ageing of its eaux-de-vie in fine-grain oak barrels. The first cases of Martell arrived in China in 1858 and in 1874 in Malaysia.