Martell XO embraces tradition through cultivation by mixing the region’s most-heralded grapes with those that helped the French brandy house build its individual style. Rich and robust, the XO welcomes drinkers to the upper market of Cognac consumption.
Martell is known for its emphasis on the Borderies region of Cognac, but here, it’s the grapes of Grande Champagne that grab the attention, supported by those from the Borderies. The XO is made up of eaux de vie aged from a minimum of 10 up to 35 years and aged in Tronçais oak. It comes in a striking arched bottle, giving a hint to the spirit’s bold personality.
A golden amber in color, aromas of black and pink peppercorns tangle with notes of fig, walnut, and sandalwood. On the palate, the XO is charismatic with intense flavors of fig, red fruit, and blackcurrant bursting through. The finish is exceptionally long, silky, and robust.
To best enjoy the Martell XO, simply drink it neat, on the rocks, or with a dash of water. This isn’t the kind of stuff you put in a cocktail.
Founded by Jean Martell in 1715, Martell is one of the original Cognac houses. From the start, the house has given specific attention to the grapes from the Borderies subregion and the use of Tronçais oak for its casks. This differentiates it from many other French Brandies, who focus on eaux de vie made from grapes grown in Fine Champagne (the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions). The House was purchased by Seagram in 1987, which was in turn bought by Pernod Ricard in 2001, who now owns the brand.