Best desserts & cheese to eat with cognac

The perfect cognac pairing with desserts & cheese

    Cognac and cheese is the perfect coda to any meal.
    Discover the best cheese pairing with cognac, as well as desserts to pair with cognac.

    Cognac pairings with desserts

    For a simple cognac pairing with dessert, look for cognac with chocolate, or fruits and cognac.
    Martell VS cognac finds a harmonious pairing with a creme brulee or roasted pineapple.

    The best cognac pairing with desserts

    Cognac pairings with cheese

    Pairing cognac and cheese is a delightful way to conclude any dining experience. Whether a French Brillat-Savarin, a matured Gouda or Italian Gorgonzola, cheese pairing with cognac can yield exceptional results.

    The best cognac pairing with cheese


    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.

    What can you 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.

    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.

    How to pair cognac and cheese?

    A cognac food pairing need not end once the main course is complete. In fact, cognac and cheese make for a famous combination.

    For younger cognacs, such as Martell VS, look for double or triple cream cheeses. The generous fruit aromas of Martell VS marry well with a rich and creamy cheese such as the French Brillat-Savarin or Italian Gorgonzola.

    More mature cognacs demand stronger cheeses that can temper the extra wood that results from ageing. With Martell VSOP, a matured cheddar or Roquefort cheese are hard to contest, while Martell Noblige marries well with a matured Gouda cheese or French Pont l’Eveque.

    XO cognacs have even more complexity. Look for mature cheeses that can handle the cognac’s power. A mature camembert or emmental for example, an older cheddar, or even a sheep’s milk cheese such as Spanish Manchego.

    Cognac pairing with dessert?

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

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