To celebrate the release of Martell’s newest addition – the Cordon Bleu Extra – to its iconic collection of spirits, the cognac house held a special luncheon at the Gaggenau Showroom recently. Guests were invited to experience a unique pairing of Martell cognac and Cantonese cuisine (courtesy of Renaissance Harbour View’s Dynasty Restaurant) inspired by the Martell house’s dynamic new ‘Be Curious’ ad campaign. Seated in the unconventional layout of the Gaggenau test kitchen, diners were invited to challenge their gastronomic preconceptions with a menu devised to complement three distinctive Martell blends. Highlights of the meal included Ruby & Golden Mountain, an unexpectedly modern combo of pork and taro, and the Curious Rice, an innovative take on a yumcha staple elevated with abalone.
Talking about the concept behind the new Cordon Bleu Extra, Martell’s Heritage Director Jacque Menier explained, “[It] benefits from a rather high proportion of spirits from the Borderies region. Combined with our trademark double distillation technique, the result is a rounded and extravagant cognac with a signature note of blackcurrant.”
For diners wishing to experience for themselves the ingenious pairing of Chinese cuisine with Martell’s cognacs, including the Cordon Bleu Extra blend, a tasting menu will be available until 30 November at Renaissance Harbour View’s Dynasty Restaurant. Prices per head are HK$880.