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Review: Martell Cordon Bleu (1990s)


Martell Cordon Bleu (1990s) - 40%


Cordon Bleu was launched in the early-1900s as a premium offering for Martell. There's no age statement. Martell partnered with Seagrams in 1987, after Hennessy and Courvoisier successfully aligned themselves with global spirit groups. Unfortunately, the result wasn't as successful for Martell. The decades immediately following the partnership saw Martell dip to 4th in global sales (out of the Big Four). At their height, Martell was the number two global cognac.

 

Notes: Nose is fruity and soft. Apricot. Pineapple. Fruit punch action. Medium weight on the palate. Soft entry. Fruit gets muddled and generic on the palate. Reads over-blended. Spikes mid with grape skin and oak. Body thins out after the spike. Finish is low heat, but fairly long with raisin, dark chocolate, and coffee.


Score: 6 (Solid) Over all, it's a soft and gentle pour. Notes could use stronger definition. Would pair well with many desserts, showing an appropriate amount of structure with a profile that won't overshadow. Doesn't feel overly sugared. Finish is enjoyable where the notes gain clarity.


 

Rating System

10 - Reevaluate The Budget

9 - Stash Two (If Able)

8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)

7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers

6 - Solid - Above Average

5 - Acceptable For The Situation

4 - Not Vocally Complaining

3 - Anything Else To Drink?

2 - Nothing Nice To Say

1 - Drain Pour

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