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The Martell House was founded in 1715 in the grape-growing region of Cognac, France, and is the oldest of the great cognac houses. The Borderies, a small sought after vineyard area in Cognac, is where the grapes are grown. It is the richness and complexity of this crus that give the cognac its characteristic aromas: smoothness, elegance, flowery notes, candied fruit and soft spices. Traditional copper pot stills are used to heat the liquor. This condenses to form a clear, warm liquor to produce exceptionally fine and pure eaux-de-vie. It is then aged in oak barrels, which gives the cognac its amber colour. These barrels are gently burnt to preserve the eaux-de-vie, and enhance the wood flavour.