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Cognac on Line has been operating since 1996. Our Family, the MARTELL's, has been involved in the Cognac Business since 1715. Our purpose is to help Cognac Lovers to discover that Cognac is much more than a couple of brands and qualities. We are based in Bordeaux which is 75 miles from Cognac.
A V.S.O.P (for: Very Superior Old Pale), also called Reserve, between four and a half and six and a half;
A Napoleon, or X.O ( for Extra Old ), also called Hors d'âge, at least six and a half years old.
In a tasting of the same Cognac served in 10 different glasses, the tulip glass was a clear favourite. The reason? Its full bowl and narrow neck concentrate the spirit’s complex aromas and then release them subtly and progressively.
So, if, like the pros, you too want to find aromas of violet, apricot, almond, honey, cinnamon, leather and sandalwood in your glass of Cognac, you might want to try the tulip.
First, the sight: rise the transparent glass to eye level and observe the inimitable amber color and the mellow of the Cognac.
Next, the smell: gently bring the nose over the top of the glass and discover the initial volatile aroma; circulate the glass in your hand: some call it the 'humanization' of Cognac, and discover, with the 'second nose', the full bouquet.
Finally, the taste. It should confirm the impressions experienced before. The tongue is split into distinct parts allowing to experience successively sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, acidity, all inherent to the flavor of Cognac. A good Cognac will leave an impression for a long time.
The glass should be filled to its fifth, in order to leave room to the aroma. It is recommended to warm slightly the glass in the palms of the hand , but never over a flame: this might destroy the delicate aroma of a Cognac.
Vintage Cognac is unique since very limited quantities are available. Only a few distillers are wise enough to put aside the good years part of their production to be certified as a specific vintage. Since the 50’s Certification is granted by the Bureau du Cognac or alternatively by sworn brokers. The Eaux de vie must be sealed or stored in a cellar opening with two keys : one key for the House and one key to a legal representative of the BNIC or French Customs.Limited quantities of Old VIntages can still be found. These cognacs are kept in glass jars to guarantee a perfect protection. Younger Vintages are often available from the best vintage years. See our vintages...
Each professional signs a charter that varies depending on the type of business (vineyard charter, hotel charter, restaurant charter and sightseeing charter) but that, in every case, defines the hospitality and welcome that he or she is committed to providing.
Each location is inspected before being accredited to ensure compliance with all the clauses of the charter.
Early November, during the European Book fair, writers from all over Europe gather in Cognac for conferences and mingle with the public.
In April, for the Thriller Film festival, artists and producers land in Cognac to present their latest movies.
July celebrates the summer with a street fair: 'Coup de Chauffe' and a classical music festival: 'Val de Charente'; during August's 'Blues Passion' amateur and professional musicians share their art in jazz sessions.