The oldest of the great Cognac houses. 300 years of passion and precision passed down through the Martell family. From generation to generation, a celebration of French Art de Vivre, treasuring the beauty and pleasure of every moment. A rich history honouring craft and taste, with Martell cognacs enjoyed and cherished for three centuries - from regal coronations to Hollywood films, intrepid polar expeditions to royal weddings, and far beyond.

2000

2011

A DESERVED ACCOLADE

Martell launches ‘ultra-prestige’ cognac, Martell Chanteloup Perspective, in homage to the Martell Cellar Masters.

2009

PURE GOLD

Martell launches its ultimate cognac, L’OR de Jean Martell, the culmination of 300 years of expertise and passion. 

2006

LUXURIOUS ASSOCIATIONS

Martell joins the prestigious Comité Colbert, an association that represents French luxury brands internationally through the promotion of French Art de Vivre.

2005

NEW FAMILY

Martell launches its new ‘Martell XO’ cognac. 2 years later, ‘Martell Création Grand Extra’ joins the family, with a decanter created by renowned glass-designer and artist Serge Mansau.

1975

1986

A STATELY AFFAIR

Martell Cordon Bleu is featured on the menu of a special Orient Express service from Venice to Copenhagen.

1979

HOLLYWOOD CALLS

In the film Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the character played by Martin Sheen savours a Martell Cordon Bleu cognac.

1977

RECORD BREAKING

At twice the speed of sound, Martell Cordon Bleu is served to Concorde passengers flying from Paris to New York.

1971

A STATELY AFFAIR

A case of Martell Cordon Bleu is offered to the Japanese Emperor Hirohito during his state visit to France.

1950

1957

ROYAL ENCOUNTERS

Martell Cordon Bleu is served at a reception given by the French President in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Château de la Celle Saint-Cloud et du Musée du Louvre.

1956

CELEBRITY CELEBRATIONS

Martell Cordon Bleu, also named ‘Martell Extra’, is served during a gala dinner held during Prince Rainier of Monaco and Grace Kelly’s wedding celebrations.

1951

INTREPID EXPLORATION

Martell cognac hits the headlines when famous explorer Paul-Emile Victor, a great connoisseur of cognac, takes eight cases with him on a polar expedition.

1900

1936

HIGH SEAS

On 27th May, Martell was served on the Queen Mary's maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

1912

CORDON BLEU

Édouard Martell creates the star of cognacs, Martell Cordon Bleu. It is officially launched in the Hôtel de Paris, Monaco.

1911

JEWEL IN THE CROWN

Martell cognac is featured at the coronation of King George V of England.

1800

1858

ASIA AND BEYOND

Martell’s renown spreads internationally during the next ten years, with the first exports arriving in Japan and other Asian markets, such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Korea.

1848

BONJOUR PARIS

Martell markets its first bottles decorated with a blue and silver label, produced by a Parisian printer.

1838

WELCOME HOME

The family buys the Château de Chanteloup, the iconic home of Martell. Throughout the next two centuries, the château will welcome personalities from around the world.

1831

DELICIOUSLY SUPERIOR

Martell creates its first VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) cognac.

1700

1775

SONS, STARS & STRIPES

Rachel hands the flourishing business to her two sons, Jean and Frédéric. Overseas business continues to boom, with the first shipment of cognac to the US soon following.

1753

FAMILY SPIRIT

For nearly 40 years, Jean Martell devotes himself to studying and developing the art of cognac. He travels the region searching for the finest eaux-de-vie, creating bonds with local growers that will last generations. After his death in 1753, his widow Rachel takes over the business, vowing to uphold his attention and integrity.

1715

MARTELL IS BORN

French Art de Vivre is at its height. Gastronomy, taste and craftsmanship are exalted, celebrating the beauty and pleasure of every moment. It is this culture of refinement and expertise that Englishman Jean Martell finds on arriving in France, having left his hometown of Jersey to start trading eaux-de-vie in Cognac.