Martell Cordon Bleu Grand Classic Cognac
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
96–100 pts.Wine Enthusiast: October, 2009
The wonderful bouquet offers scents of walnuts, dried flowers, dried pears and white raisins. Palate entry is languid, oily, buttery and decadently rich; the silky, rich midpalate exhibits complete flavor integration with prune and raisin tastes. Finishes extended, smooth as satin, medium-weighted and a bit caramel-like. Love it.
90–95 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 15, 2003
Opening bouquet is semisweet and prune-like; several minutes of aeration unleashes much deeper scents of honeydew melon, cantaloupe, roasted almonds and apple butter. The palate entry is full bodied, generous and sweet; at midpalate, the flavor profile turns satiny as scintillating tastes of black cherry, black coffee and Macadamia nut blanket the tongue. Aftertaste is extended, smoky and luscious.
90 pts. Beverage Testing Institute: September 24, 1996
Dark chestnut with a deep cast. Moderately full-bodied. Dry. Ample rich caramel and wood aromas reveal a viscous and rich mouthfeel with a very smooth palate presence. Oak flavors carry through and onto the finish. A burly and impressive wood dominated style that should compliment strong cigars.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: September 1, 2008
Topaz/burnishes orange; impeccable purity. First whiffs give me walnuts and dried flowers; a sophisticated, mature scent; later whiffs detect dried pears, white raisins; the bouquet is still vibrant and expressive; a feast for the olfactory sense. Palate entry is slow, languid, oily/buttery and decadently rich; midpalate sings with prune/raisin flavor that’s silky and rich never hot nor the slightest bit rough; exhibits complete taste integration. Finishes extended, smooth as satin, medium-weighted, and a bit caramel-like. As good a cognac from the “Big Four” producers as exists. I love this cognac as much as anything out there. Highest Recommendation.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: June 1, 2011
Some small-estate cognac snobs might ridicule this selection. Phooey to those myopic idiots. Seasoned brandy veterans know that of all the big house cognac landmarks, Martell’s Cordon Bleu stands apart because of the unmistakable Borderies influence, which imparts a nougat-like/nutty/candy bar aspect that’s luscious and generous. A cognac that I have numerous times a year and one that never ceases to delight.
Whiskey Lover’s Diary: ,
Flowers and spice dominate the aroma. The flavor is rich in fruit and wood flavors but remains delicate and balanced with a delicate aftertaste.