KOSHER COGNACS

First of all a disclaimer: I am not an expert regarding kosher food or drinks. If anyone sees a mistake on this page, kindly let me know and I will correct it.

   

To be kosher (fit to drink by Jewish people) a product has to comply by the kashrut, the Jewish dietary laws. If they comply, they receive a rabbinical seal of approval that is called a ‘hechsher’.

There are special bodies that carry out this investigation. They are called Kashrus agencies. Some of the most well-known are OU, OK, Kof-K and Star-K and each organisation has its own hechsher.

There are a lot more organisations. In fact almost every country in the world and every state in the US has its own agency. Some are more strict than others. That is why not everybody trusts every agency. People usually tend to trust the agency that is promoted by the local Jewish authorities of their country or their community.
An extensive list can be found here: list of Kashrus agencies.

If a product is deemed kosher, it has a certification seal to prove it.
The kashrut for products that can be used during Pesach (or Passover) are even more strict. If products are fit for consumption during Pesach it will bear a symbol with a ‘p’: OU-p or OK-p. Regarding cognac I have seen OU, OU-p, OK and OK-p  and Chasam Sofer being used. Sometimes the text kosher or kasher is printed on the label without the use of a hechsher symbol.

Some of the cognacs that are said to be kosher, do not bear a sign, at least not on the online representations of the bottles. In my opinion there are a few possible explanations. It could be that the cognac was approved once in the past and did have a hechsher then, but did not get an approval in later years. The shop selling it, uses the old information.
But it is also possible that the shop is just using a wrong picture and the cognac they are selling is kosher and the actual bottle does have a hechsher on it.
A third possibility is that the bottle comes with a (gift) box and the hechsher is on that box. To me that is a bit tricky, because the bottles are often out of their box on display and now and then the bottles do not find their way back in their proper boxes. If this happens a kosher bottle can be in a box without any hechsher and an other non-kosher bottle is put back in a box that has a hechsher.
It looks that as a buyer you have to be on your guard.

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations publishes a booklet on a yearly basis in which they name the brands that were awarded a hechsher for that year. This can be downloaded for free. I was only able to find these publication for the actual year (2021), so they seem to remove the download links for older years.

There are not many brands that produce a kosher cognac. Below I have put names and bottles of brands that make or have made kosher cognacs.

Kosher cognacs, in no particular order:

– Five Stones Vineyards
– Lautrec
– Godet
– Dupuy
– Courvoisier
– Deau
– Roland Bru
– Louis Royer
– Prunier
– Marceau
– Montaigne
– Lisker
– Marquis de Brim
– Lanxner

Five Stones Vineyards

OU-p symbol in lower left corner.

Five Stones Vineyards: XO.
This is an Israeli brand. The cognac is produced in France, but who produced it is not revealed.

Lautrec

Lautrec is a brand owned and produced by Godet. Godet itself also produces kosher cognacs under its own name.

I could not find any ‘hechsher’, but several shops say it is kosher, kosher for Passover even.

Godet:

These four are all Kosher for Passover. I have not seen any hechsher, but again, several shops say it is.

 

Both VSOP’s are Kosher for Passover. I have not seen any hechsher, but again, several shops say it is.

 

Said to be Kosher, no hechsher symbol The neck on the sticker is a Chasam Sofer hechsher symbol; on the box is written: kosher for passover

 

Godet Gastronome: kosher, but no Hechsher seen.

 

Godet Extra: kosher for Passover, but no hechsher seen. Godet Terre: kosher for Passover, but no hechsher seen.

 

Godet Renaissance: kosher (no hechsher seen)  Also Renaissance; this one seems to have a Chasam Sofer hechsher on the back

70th Bithday of Israel, Magnum. Kosher for Passover is written on the label. Godet Extra in a stand. Said to be kosher.

 

Dupuy

Dupuy is produced by Bache-Gabrielsen. Dupuy VSOP, Luxus Tentation and Dupuy Extra are in the 2021 OU Guide for kosher products.

VS, kosher for Passover (UO-p) in the upper right corner VSOP, kosher for Passover (UO-p) in the upper right corner XO, kosher for Passover (UO-p) in the upper right corner

 Authorised by Rabanut Harashit of Israel; only with kashrut symbol on the bottle

Three VS bottles, a Luxus Tentation and a VSOP; all are said to be kosher but I can not find any hechsher symbols. I have not seen any back sides portrayed, maybe they bear I hechsher on the back.

Not sure about this one. I can’t see an OU symbol on the bottle, but there is one on the box. The problem is, boxes tend to get interchanged in shops, because the bottles are taken out for display and have to find their way back into the box. Not always the right box!


Two VS bottles (look at the shoulder blob!) that are being advertised as a VSOP and an XO respectively that are said to be kosher for Passover. They seem to have an OU-p symbol on the lower left of the band that is portrayed over the actual label.

 

Here are a VSOP and an XO with OU-p symbols in the lower left.

Two XO carafes, kosher for Passover and kosher respectively, but no hechshers.

OU-p below on the bottle

Courvoisier

Courvoisier XO with an OK-p symbol Courvoisier XO with an OK-p symbol

Here is the same bottle as the one above, but without a hechsher symbol. To be clear, this one is not kosher and was also not advertised as such

Said to  be kosher by several shops, but no Hechsher in sight.

 

It says casher and has an OK-symbol (is it OK or from a different organisation?). On the box there also is an OU-symbol.

Deau (made in Moisans Distillery)

The above cognacs are said to be kosher. I have not seen a symbol, but there could be one on the back.

Kosher. If you look close you can see the OU symbol on the back.

There seems to be a OU symbol on the back.

There is a Chasam Sofer symbol on the back.

These Deau XO, Louis Memory and Black are all said to be kosher by several shops. I have not seen a symbol.

Said to be kosher; no hechsher seen.

Roland Bru (made in Moisans Distillery)

Said to be kosher by several shops. I have not seen a symbol.

Louis Royer

Said to be kosher. I have not seen a hechsher. Looks to have a hechsher on the right side VS with OU-p in upper right corner (70cl, European bottle) Local kashrus; only with kashrut symbol on the bottle. Is there a OU-p in the extreme lower left? (70cl) An OU-p symbol on the righ side (750ml) Supervised by Rav zekbach; no visible hechsher. VSOP with OU-p in upper right corner (70cl, European bottle) VSOP with OU-p in upper right corner (750ML, US bottle)

Supervised by Rav zekbach

The first two XO’s have a clearly visible OU-p symbol. The third one has not, but is sold as kosher by several shops.

Prunier

Prunier Fine Cognac with an Hechsher; click to see it better on an other bottle Prunier VS, no hechsher on the bottle, but said to be kosher

Both are not for sale anymore.

Marceau

Brand made by De Fussigny.

Marceau VSOP with hechsher symbols

Montaigne

Montaigne Napoleon with OU-p symbol

Lisker

Lisker Héritage, said to be kosher for Pesach, no hechsher to be seen.

Marquis de Brim

Marquis de Brim is a new brand that started in the mid 2010s.

VS, Kosher for Passover; no hechsher to be seen VSOP, Kosher for Passover; no hechsher to be seen XO, Kosher for Passover; no hechsher to be seen

XO Carafe with a Chasam Sofer symbol XO Carafe without a Chasam Sofer symbol (maybe on the box?)

Lanxner

Lanxner is a brand produced by Staub, especially for kosher cognacs..

3 Star Lanxner with an OU symbo Fine Champagne, with an OU-symbol

Not for sale anymore, sometimes in an auction. Also some miniatures that are kosher.


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