The stakes are high. To nurture and create a flawless marriage, perfectly upholding the centuries-old cognac style of the house, in respect of a knowledge passed from master to master since Jean Martell himself. The perfect nose, an unparalleled palette and a near magical gift for alchemy. Yes, the responsibility that rests with Cellar Master Christophe Valtaud is formidable.
As Cellar Master, Christophe Valtaud, who previously managed the Martell vineyards, is central to the House’s savoir-faire. His role enables him, not only to bring together his three areas of expertise – terroir, distillation and blending – but to nurture a dialogue between them.
In entrusting Christophe Valtaud with the key mission of Cellar Master, Martell restated its commitment to keeping local heritage at the heart of the House. His innovative approach has resulted in the creation of new expressions of cognac, such as Martell Cordon Bleu Extra and Martell VS Single Distillery, which both respect the historic style of the House and take it forwards into the future.