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The house of Martell was founded in 1715, at the very height of French Art de Vivre. A French « art of living » that infuses every detail of life with know-how, creativity and substance. 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.
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.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.
In 1831, Martell created its very first VSOP Cognac, the first of many to come.
Ever since, the Martell House has instilled this life philosophy into its craftsmanship turning each moment into extraordinary pleasures. 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.