I recently traveled to Cognac, France to attend the unveiling of Martell‘s 300th-anniversary cognac, Martell Premier Voyage. While there, myself and other media were taken on a private tour of the Founder’s House. The house was preserved to look as Martell’s founder, Jean Martell had it when he was alive.

Upon entering, we were offered a white glove in case we wanted to explore the items inside a bit closer. It was a pleasant surprise to have so many things to look at. Back in the 1700s, Jean Martell used to hand-write twice—what we call photocopy—all of his correspondence. You can see an example of this and my fancy white glove here:


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The rooms of the Founder’s House were filled with all sorts of history from the early days of Jean Martell. From private letters he sent to eaux de vie suppliers to old advertisements Martell used to promote their cognac. It was quite a treat.

I compiled some of my favorite photos from the tour below:

Founders House Library

Old Martell Cognac Print Advertisements

Founders House - Martell Cognac Ads

Jean Martell's Desk inside Founders House

Founders House Books

 Jean Martell Corespondance with Suppliers

Learn more about the Martell Premier Voyage here.