April 2016 - The oldest of France’s great cognac Houses receives a Double Gold Medal for Martell Cognac Cordon Bleu at the 2016 San Francisco Spirits Competition

Martell is delighted to have received a Double Gold for Cordon Bleu from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The SFWSC is one of the most respected and influential global spirits competitions, and an SFWSC medal has come to be the most reliable indication of spirits excellence.

Martell’s iconic XO Cognac Cordon Bleu, created in 1912 by Edouard Martell, is a rich explosion of deliciously fruited, spice notes, with an elegance linked to aromatic richness. Deep, golden copper in colour, on the nose it has orchard fruits, crystallised plums and apples. Roasted notes of mocha coffee, toasted almonds and vetiver give way to well-rounded mellowness, followed by a sustained finish to this prestigious cognac, with fruit and spice notes.

César Giron, CEO and Chairman of Martell comments on the award: “After a year of celebrating the momentous 300 year anniversary of the House of Martell in 2015, it gives us great pleasure to receive such a prestigious accolade, reflecting the unique complexity of the blend. We are delighted that the judges of the SFWSC have recognised and awarded Cordon Bleu’s ageless elegance, as we continue to expresses the 300 years savoir-faire and style of Martell throughout all elements of Martell Cognac Cordon Bleu. As we look forward to the next 300 years we are delighted with the Double Gold and we hope to continue building on our success throughout 2016 and beyond.”

Later in the year, Martell Cognac Cordon Bleu will take part in the San Francisco Competitions Double Gold Tour, exclusively featuring the 2016 Double Gold Medal winners from both competitions. The annual Tour allows guests to sample wines and spirits that have won the exclusive Double Gold medal from an esteemed groups of judges. The self-pour, walk-around tasting offers a chance to taste the varietals, styles, and flavours of where our industry is heading in 2017.

Martell’s heritage dates back to the 18th Century, when Jean Martell, a native of Jersey founded the company in 1715, making Martell the oldest of the great cognac houses. Since 1715 Martell has produced, exported and marketed cognacs whose quality is recognised worldwide. The hallmark of the house of Martell can be summarised in three key terms; elegance, complexity and balance. Martell Cognac was founded at the height of the French Art de Vivre movement; a period of time in which gastronomy, tasting and craftsmanship were all celebrated and enjoyed with style. As such, these became the three pillars of the Martell House and are the three core areas which still remain intrinsic to Martell’s vision today.

Since its introduction in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) has become the most respected and influential spirits competition in the world. Emphasizing integrity and impartiality, the SFWSC takes great pride in ensuring that all entries are treated with equal care and consideration by our panels of carefully selected spirits-industry experts. An SFWSC medal has come to be the most reliable indication of spirits excellence, and spirits recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are understood around the world by both the trade and consumers to be the best the industry has to offer.



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