Attention all cognac connoisseurs! There's a new variety in town that you'll definitely want to try - the Martell VSOP Aged In Red Barrels
It's fresh off the market, having marked its debut in Asia with an official launch in Malaysia earlier in June.
The exclusive launch and food pairing event was launched by Martell Cellar Master, Christophe Valtaud (pictured above) who was the master creator of this new cognac. He presented the new Martell creation and explained the concept of using red barrels as a fresh, new take on cognac recipes.
Martell cognacs have always been known for their elegance and sophistication, and this new variety proudly continues to carry the reputation
As with all other Martell cognacs, the Martell VSOP Aged In Red Barrels is also produced with a process unique to Martell - using fine grained oak barrels and double distillation of clear wines (without sediments). This ensures that it lives up to the signature fine Martell taste.
What makes this variety unique is the full ageing of eaux-de-vie in only red barrels, creating a heightened feature that gives a pivotal experience to the discerning connoisseur
These red barrels (known as futs roux due to the reddish tinge of the wood) are typically crafted from woods between 180 and 200 years old, and are characterized by finer, less pronounced tannins.
This not only respects the delicacy of Martell’s clear wines, but also helps to develop aromas that are simultaneously more subtle, more generous, and more refined.
Hence, these precious barrels were used to mature cognacs to the perfect stage of maturation for both the oak and the eaux-de-vie, thus allowing for an ideal balance exchange between the two.
So what does the Martell VSOP Aged In Red Barrels taste like?
In a nutshell, it has the perfect balance between fruity and spicy woody notes, due to the time it spent in the red barrels. Being aged in these red fine grained oak barrels lends it coppery tones, with a round and fresh bouquet.
This is reflective of the intense fruity notes and aromas of fresh yellow stone fruits like cherry plum and baby Reine-Claude, all gently coated by subtle mellowed woody notes.
In motion, the power of its aromas grow and gain depth, with fleshier fruits such as apricot or vine peach chiming in. The fruity flavors are marvellously enhanced by delicate notes of sweet spices.
As demonstrated during the launch, the unique balance of flavours allows it to pair well with delicacies of various cuisines from all around the world
The finesse, rich fruity notes, and delicate aromas of the Martell VSOP Aged In Red Barrels helps it to pair extremely well with European and best of all, with Chinese food. When paired, the Martell VSOP Aged In Red Barrels engaged with a palatable vigor, creating the perfect balance in tasting notes.
Wanna try it for yourself? The Martell VSOP Aged In Red Barrels is now available at local bars!
Martell is taking their signature 'H.O.M.E by Martell' event to Penang later this month. Find out how to join in: