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Martell Blue Swift 750ml

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Martell Blue Swift 750ml - Item Code: 07080

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Cognac Varieties

Cognac is a kind of brandy named after the town of Cognac in the French province of Charente-Maritime. Wine from the neighboring wine-growing area, Charente and Maritime, is used to make this liqueur.

Cognac production is governed by the French appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) designation, with certain production techniques and naming criteria that must be followed in order to maintain AOC status. Ugni blanc, often known as Saint-Émilion in the region, is the most commonly planted of the grapes on the list. Two distillations in copper pot stills are required, as is an aging period of at least two years in French oak barrels from the Limousin or Tronçais regions of France. While cognac develops in the same manner as whiskies and wines do in barrels, the majority of cognacs spend much more time "on the wood" than the statutory minimum amount of time.

Cognac has often humorously been described as "nearly undrinkable" because of the dryness, acidity, and thinness of the white wine used in the production of cognac. Despite this, the wine is ideal for distillation and maturing. A limited number of grape varietals are permitted to be used in its production. For a wine to be deemed a genuine cru, it must contain at least 90 percent Ugni blanc as its primary grape. It is necessary to ferment for 2–3 weeks after the grapes have been crushed, during which time the region's natural, wild yeasts transform the sugar into alcohol; neither sugar nor sulfur may be added. The resultant wine has about 7 to 8 percent alcohol at this stage.

Once the distilling process is complete, it is aged in Limousin oak barrels for a minimum of two years before it may be sold to the general population. It is usually placed in barrels at an alcohol by volume level of about 70%. As the cognac interacts with the wood barrel and the surrounding air, it evaporates at a rate of about 3 percent per year, losing both alcohol and water over a period of time. This occurrence is referred to as "la portion des anges," which translates as "the angels' share" in the local language. When a cognac is aged for more than 10 years in an oak barrel, the alcohol level falls to 40 percent by volume. Once moved to huge glass bottles called bonbonnes, the cognac is kept for future blending purposes. Because oak barrels lose their ability to provide flavor after four or five decades, so aging them for extended periods of time may not be helpful.

About the Producer: Martell

Martell is a brandy producer known for its elegant soft brandies. It is an internationally successful brand considered the oldest in the region. The portfolio includes about two dozen different lines from VS to XO, as well as vintage expressions. VS, originally called Trois Étoiles (Three Stars), is a staple product and is mainly used in long drinks and cocktails. Martell's flagship brandy has historically been Cordon Bleu, served on Concorde Airlines and Orient Express. Martell also produces a number of superpremium cognacs, including Jean Martell's current flagship L'Or. The company was founded in 1715 by Jean Martell, an Englishman from Jersey. The business began to grow rapidly and, in the 1780s, the first deliveries to America were made. It is currently owned by Pernod Ricard, which grows grapes from across the Cognac region. The brand has a special association with Borderies, the smallest of the Cognac Crews. The Ugni Blanc grape, grown here in silica-clay soils, is known for its floral aromas and is considered the main source of the elegant and sophisticated style of the best cognacs in this line. wines from which all deposits and impurities have been removed. These wines are distilled in traditional copper stills. Tronse Forest fine grain oak barrels are used for aging, with the proportions of new wood and toast levels varying by range. Once brandy distillates have reached their potential in wood, they are placed in glass hemispheres to wait for mixing under neutral conditions.

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