Pairing Cognac with chocolate

The perfect cognac pairing with chocolate

    There is good reason cognac and chocolate make for such a classic combination.
    Yet perfectly pairing chocolate with cognac takes a little skill.

    Pairing cognac with powerful chocolate desserts

    Chocolate and cognac make a sublime combination, yet there are many types of cognac and chocolate from which to choose. Whether young cognac or old, light chocolate or dark, unlock the secret to perfectly pairing chocolate with cognac.

    Pairing cognac with chocolate desserts

    Pairing cognac with dark chocolate

    Enjoying cognac and chocolate squares is one of life’s simple yet elegant pleasures, especially when cognac and dark chocolate. Or why not consider cognac with a chocolate bar, for a more gourmand option.

    Pairing cognac with dark chocolate

    Pairing cognac with white and milk chocolate

    Martell VSOP cognac, known for its versatility, is an ideal accompaniment to chocolate and desserts. A cognac and white chocolate pairing will not disappoint the palate, nor will a milk chocolate and cognac combination.

    Pairing cognac with white and milk chocolate


    What to mix with cognac?

    Cognac is a very versatile drink. It may be drunk neat, over ice or diluted with a little water. It can be mixed with quality mixers, such as soda or traditional lemonade to make a long drink, or used to make a cocktail. For a range of Martell cocktails to try, see our cocktails section.

    What to pair with cognac?

    Like with any good wine, understanding the essentials of Martell cognac food pairing or cigar pairing can augment your tasting experience in delicious new ways. Whether with chocolate, main dishes, dessert or cigars, pairing with cognac can tickle your taste buds and stimulate your senses.

    How to taste cognac?

    Take a sip of the cognac, enough that you can slowly roll it over the tongue and the back of the mouth allowing it to coat all the key sensors on your tongue. Taste at the tip for sweetness, the back for bitterness and at the sides for saltiness and sourness. Keep the cognac in the mouth for about ten seconds to release as much of the flavour as possible.

    How to choose a cognac?

    Each Martell cognac has its specific flavour, style and character. That’s why cognac is one of the best gifts for someone who has everything. When it comes to choosing a cognac, the bottle you choose depends on you and how you want to enjoy it. The Martell Gift Ideas Matchmaker can help you choose a cognac as a gift or for yourself.

    What is the best chocolate to pair with cognac?

    Cognac has a breadth and depth of aromas that finds its perfect complement in the world of chocolate. This is why cognac and chocolate pairing creates such a unique combination.

    Yet no two cognacs, or chocolates, are the same. For each cognac, there is a perfect chocolate to match.

    With younger cognacs, such as Martell VS, try a soft milk praline chocolate, or gianduja praline chocolate crumbled with dentelle crêpe.

    Martell VSOP and other middle-aged cognacs are known for their versatility. These cognacs complement soft white chocolate with a hint of Guérande salt, or white chocolate ganache.

    With older cognacs, consider a simple chocolate square. Fine and crunchy dark chocolate, or bitter chocolate with candied orange peel, would work particularly well.

    Delight your dessert palate by pairing cognac with chocolate

    Browse the Maison Martell collection, and use our comparison tool to find the best match.

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    Mastering cognac


    Learning how to serve cognac is only the first step towards mastering cognac. From food pairing with cognac, to cooking with cognac and mixing cognac drinks, take your skills to the next level with our ‘How to cognac’ series.

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