An unprecedented expression of cognac
While staying true to three key pillars of elegance, complexity and harmony, the Martell Chanteloup XXO also highlights the Maison’s artistic craft and meticulous attention to detail.
The sleek outline of the bottle, for instance, calls to mind the elegant volutes of the iron gates leading to the Chai Chanteloup in the Martell estate. Lavish gold and amber tints allude to the rich expression of cognac within the bottle, and we are not disappointed upon a taste.
Fragrant aromas of honey, vine peach and apricot greet the nose first, before hints of fig, almonds and walnuts. The first sip immediately hits the palate with an intense burst of fruity notes. It feels unmistakably full and round yet well-balanced – equal in strength and elegance, leaving a satisfyingly long finish in the mouth.
Inheriting its name from the historic Chateau de Chanteloup, also dubbed the soul of Maison Martell, the Chanteloup XXO takes cognac aficionados straight to the private cellar within the estate where the house’s art of blending is epitomised.
Inside, Martell’s legacy of savoir-faire is perpetuated by Cellar Master Christophe Valtaud who blended 450 very old eaux-de-vie expounded his predecessors to create the Chanteloup XXO. Even the youngest eau-de-vie in this blend has been aged for a minimum of 14 years, thus meeting the “Extra Extra Old” standard.
“Martell Chanteloup XXO embodies a heritage transmitted through nine generations, as the Martell art of blending has been passed on from one Cellar Master to the next. Today, just as I blend eaux-de-vie that were aged by my predecessors, so I nurture eaux-de-vie that will be blended by my successors,” Christophe said.
Not only is the blend extraordinary for its age, but the fact that it incorporates all four of the most prestigious crus – Borderies, Grand Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois – is a testament to its complexity. Simply put, it’s a feat not possible without virtuosity in cognac-making and mastery in the art of blending.