Brands of the past — 10 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I am doing academic research on cognac imports into the UK in the late 19th Century, especially over the phylloxera period. I would like to know whether the following producers from that period have traded under different names (because they certainly exported heavily to Britain according to statistics, but they don’t have corresponding price lists published in the usual nominal cognac price grids you find in period wholesale journals. Obvious cases of this sort that I have cross-referenced already are United Vineyard Proprietors (Louis Salignac), Champagne Vineyard Proprietors (Boutelleau, as also pointed out in your site), Participation Charentaise (La Grande Marque, i.e. Camus) and so on. The following though are still persistently unaccounted for, price-wise.

    Sazerac de Forge
    Arxac Seignette
    There is also two Pruniers (T and P) who export under separate names, but I only get prices for T Prunier.

    There are others, but these are the biggest unaccounted for exporters.

    Many thanks. This is a good site

    • And that should have been Arzac Seignette.

      Incidentally, there may be misspellings of French names, since after all my sources are all in English.

      It also seems that Jules Duret = Vine Growers of Cognac in English wholesale price lists.

      There is also a “Central Society” in one publication (Ridley’s) and a “Central Vineyard” (Wine Trade Review), which I have assumed are the same. Please correct me if I am wrong in either of these assumptions.

  2. This bottlle:

    Trichoche & Co Cognac
    – international Exhibition Saint Louis 1904 (Grand Prize)

    Produit Naturel des vins récoltes et distillés dans la région de Cognac

  3. Hello,

    I would love to receive some more information about the History of this brandt and bottle in specific.



    • Tricoche was sold to Chateau Paulet, I believe in the early 1970s. The firm was established in 1820. That is about all there is to find about this brand.
      The registration of the brand name has expired in 2006. I think Paulet has produced some Tricoche bottles between 1976 and 2006

  4. Hello I have owned these bottles for more than 10 years. I searched a lot for information about them, but found nothing about the first, and for the second I read a lot about Emil Engrand, but nothing about this one. The only thing I see as an owner is that the bottles are handmade, very old and have a strange metal ring when closed. I would love more information and evaluation. Thanks!

    • Hello,

      Both bottles are brandies, not necessarily cognac. Cognac is a brandy, but not all brandies are cognac. The brand on the left is unknown to me end certainly not a cognac. I have little knowledge about brandies not being a cognac.
      Emile Engrand is better known. He made grande champagne cognacs and sometimes just called them brandy, specially the cognacs destined for the UK market. This was not uncommon before the 1970s. This is a Monopole, the lowest quality, which is confirmed by the three stars. There is little interest for this brand, so the worth is quite low. Maybe €30-40.
      Kind regards,

  5. Hi a friend of mine is kind of cleaning the cellar and I found this bottle and I would like to know how old might be and eventually the price …

    thanks a lot

    • Hi Javier,

      Sadly very little is known today about Geo Sayer & Co. They were established in 1853 in the city of Cognac. The brand name is now in possession of Gaston de Lagrange (so essentialy Martini & Rossi) and is not used anymore. The best estimate is that the bottle was made in the early 1970s, judging by the label and especially by the capsule .
      It is a rather unknown brand and there are no people around collecting this brand. It is also the lowest quality (three stars)and the level of filling is low. So I woud not expect much worth, probably around 40-60 euros.
      My advice: drink it. It won’t be too bad.


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