Martell Caractère Cognac
Martell // Cognac, France
Martell Caractère celebrates the house's founder, Jean Martell, who began the company in 1715, now over 300 years ago. It incorporates eaux-de-vie between two and five years of age, and was intended to be utilized in cocktails in addition to sipping. As a house, Martell is known for their heavy reliance on the Borderies region, as well as wood from Tronçais, as opposed to Limousin.
CognacBrandy distilled in a delimited region within France from specific grapes. Must be double-distilled to no higher than 72% abv. Required to be aged in oak for at least 2 years. Also, if labeled as the following, minimum aging is: VS-2 years, VSOP-4 years, Napoléon 6 years, XO-10 years (as of April 2018).
Cask TypeTronçais oak
"Find a layered nose which is overall light and vibrant, but can be a bit sharp. Initial notes of citrus peel, along with light vanillins and a bouquet of fresh fruits are discovered. The palate offers honey, as well as more citrus fruits, prunes, oak, and a faint spiciness adding depth. A moderately spicy and hot finish also offers dark red fruits and raisins"