Camus Bottle Catalog (last updated: Nov 14, 2018)

(486 bottles including magnums and stands and 331 miniatures; but still not complete.)

Introduction

Camus was established in 1863. After some troublesome years, especially in the 1950’s, they have now become the number five of the major cognac trading houses. Their success began when they started using the name Napoléon to promote their cognacs. Because Courvoisier already had the slogan ‘Le cognac de Napoléon’, they found another way by emphasizing on napoléon quality cognacs (napoléon meaning: aged fo six or more years) and by using the portrait of Napoléon on many of their limited édtions of Limoges porcelain bottles.
Their slogan is ‘Le Grande Marque’ and also ‘Royal Choice’.
Camus also has had the privilege to be ‘fournisseurs de la Cour de S.M. le Roi de Suède’ (suppliers of the Royal Court of S.M. the King of Sweden).
Camus has also used other brand names, notably Chateau d’Uffaut. These are not represented here.

Contents:


1. Three stars
2. VS
3. VSOP
4. Napoleon
5. XO
6. Extra and extraordinaire
7. 40 years old and VO
8. Réserve Extra Vieille and Hors d’Age
9. Vintages, Family Héritage and Rarissimés
10. Baccarat and other decanters
11. Limited Editions
– 11a VSOP destination
– 11b Royale
– 11c Celebration
– 11d Other limited editions
12. Limoges porcelain
– 12a Destination series
– 12b Grand Masters Collection
– 12c Napoleon books
– 12d drums
– 12e sports
– 12f other
13. Île de Ré
14. Canons and special stands (tonneau)
15. Magnums
16. Miniatures and mid-sized (20-50cl) bottles
– 16a Three star Miniatures
– 16b VS Miniatures
– 16c VSOP Miniatures
– 16d Napoleon Miniatures
– 16e XO
– 16f Extra
– 16g Vieille Reserve and VO
– 16h Reserve Extra Vieille and Hors d’Age
– 16i miniature limited editions
— 16i-a Celebration
— 16i-b GMC miniatures
— 16i-c Other miniatures
— 16i-d Mini limoges: grand masters collection
— 16i-e Mini limoges: napoleon books
— 16i-f Mini limoges: belle epoque
— 16i-g Mini limoges: golfballs
— 16i-h Mini limoges: tonneaux
— 16i-j Mini Île de Ré
— 16i-k Mini canons, stands and various other
– 16j 20-50cl bottles
17. Camus Extravaganza

1. Three stars

 No ´produce of France´ stated   produce of France stated on the right below and above it 40%  No 40% stated  with a high neck label: fournisseurs de la cour de S.M. Le Roi de Suède; 73cl (1950-60s)  with a high neck label: fournisseurs de la cour de S.M. Le Roi de Suède; 0,730 stated left of 'fondée en 1863'. (1960s).  with a high neck label: fournisseurs de la cour de S.M. Le Roi de Suède; 0,730 stated (1950-60s); stated just above the importer data. With additional text below 'Cognac'. Shoulder label has fallen off.  GMC three stars (stars: see shoulder label), 70cl

2. VS

  VS De LuxeVS Elegance, content not stated (700ml)  VS Elegance, content not stated, with a paper top seal (70cl)  With content 750ml and percentage of alcohol stated on the left and right bottom of the label   VS Elegance, content not stated VS Elegance, 750ml stated in black letters  VS Elegance 750ml stated in gold coloured letters  1L bottle; not stated  1L VS De Luxe  1L VS Elegance

3. VSOP

VSOP, Old bottle types

On neck label: 'Camus VSOP'; 73cl (1945-1947)  On neck label: 'Fine Champagne'; 'Royal Choice' on main label  No neck label between the the royal seal label and the VSOP-label. For Masdo, Duty Free Shop in Tunesia. (said to be 70cl)  On neck label: 'Fine Champagne'; 'Royal Choice' on main label; no label with the royal arms on it  On neck label is ' written 'Fine Cognac' in stead of 'Fine Champagne' (1960s)

The first one is just VSOP. The other two are Fine Champagne VSOP ‘Royal Choice’.

Grand VSOP, plump bottles
Two coloured label; on shoulder label: 'grand vsop cognac'; 70cl (stated on back) 1970s  685ml  750ml stated  1L bottle (stated on the box, click to see it)  1130ml (not stated, but said at auction)  Emblem on main label in black  unfortunately a bad picture: different capsule; label seems one-coloured but is not.  Black label; 'Cognac' is written above 'Camus'; Royal Choice Cognac on shoulder blob  No shoulder blob but a wreath of laurels direct on the glass; content not stated; on the capsule: Camus - La Grande Marque - Cognac (1970s)    No shoulder blob but a wreath of laurels direct on the glass; with a duty seal on top  smaller crown in the blob; 75cl (1970s)   Smaller letters (note the distance between the letters and the 'royal choice' seal); on the capsule: Camus - Cognac.No wreath of laurels on the shoulder; it has a blob; asian. Text on glass in different order: first Camus, then GRAND VSOP, then cognac. Content not stated (1970s)  Text on glass in different order: first Camus, then GRAND VSOP, then cognac; with a cross on the glass. (75cl)  70cl flask; cork  70cl flask (1980s); screw-cap  1L flask
Grand VSOP, elegant bottles:

700ml stated on the left below  Golden band around bottom of capsule is thin. On bottom of label: 750ml on left and B145.  Thin golden band on capsule, 70 cl on right side of the label.; the capsule is red, not golden (click to see back-side and clearly a red capsule)  Same as previous, but with a paper duty seal  Thin golden band on capsule, 70 cl on right side of the label.  70cl; with 'P.E.A.T.' stated below ( Povel Estonian Agricultural Trading); Estonian import  Wider golden band on bottom of capsule with 'Camus' on it. 70Cl on bottom left of label.   Thin band on bottom of capsule. Asian text on bottom of label.  70cl, thin band on bottom of capsule; Asian import (see back)  Wider band on bottom of capsule with 'Camus' on it. Asian text on bottom of label.  Adorned golden band around bottom of capsule. 70CL on bottom right of label.  70cl stated; adorned band around bottom of capsule; Imported by Koopmans & Bruinier   With 70cl and 40% placed left and right of VSOP; with a recycling mark (1990s)  With text around the upper border: specially selected for the Sovjet army in Germany 70cl with text: 'Caves Alianca SA Sangalhos - Portugal' Japanese label, 700ml; click to see detail 1 Liter bottle. Broad band around bottom of capsule with 'Camus' on it.  1.13L

VSOP de Luxe:

    70 cl on bottom right of label  With asian text on bottom of label  1 Liter bottle

Four different bottles, last one is 1 Liter.

VSOP Elegance

No content or percentage of alcohol stated  With content and percentage of alcohol stated.   Green label with content and percentage of alcohol stated on left bottom of label. Grey bottle, no content or percentage of alcohol stated.  VSOP Elegance, 70cl stated  1 Liter bottle, stated on the back    1 Liter bottle.

Seven different VSOP Elegance bottles. The last two are 1 liter bottles.

VSOP Borderies

70cl; Borderies not underlined   Borderies is 'underlined' with text: Appellation Borderies Controlee; 70cl stated on the back (2014)  750ml stated in the lower left    1 Liter bottle, stated on the back 1L (stated on the box) single estate borderies; 2017

4. Napoléon

Just Napoléon, Napoleon in large letters on the shoulder:

No blob on the front. On the shoulder you ´Camus´ is printed above Napoleon.  Big blob on the front. On the shoulder ´Camus´ is printed above Napoleon.  Neck embleme is different from rest. Camus not stated on the shoulder.

Just Napoléon, Camus in large letters on the shoulder, two lines of text at the bottom:

Camus is written in large letters, above it 'cognac' and below 'Napoleon'. Underneath it reads just ´La Grande Marque cognac´. 70cl (stated on back-side, click to see); 1980s.  Same as previous but on the back ABV and content are reversed: 40% left and 70cl right.  Camus is written in large letters. Underneath it reads just ´La Grande Marque cognac´. 70cl (stated differently on back-side, click to see); 1980s. Camus is written in large letters. Underneath it reads just ´La Grande Marque cognac´. 70cl (stated differently on back-side, click to see); late 70s Same as previous, but on back-side 70cl is stated much higher, left of Napoleon (click to see); 1980s.  Nothing stated on the back below the main text on the brown band Nothing stated on the back below the main text on the silver coloured band  70cl Dutch import (André Kerstens, Tilburg)  700ml Asian import  70cl Portugese import (A. Rodiles LDA, Lisboa)  685ml (stated on back-side) and 70 proof  685ml (stated on back-side) and 40% vol.  Same as previous, but now a 690ml bottle (click to see back-side)  Same as previous (690ml), but different back-side (click to see it; gift box was also different)  Same, 680ml, but with a paper seal on top   Same as previous, but the blob is upside down (crown is below the 'N')  Content not stated; on the back: HNL DNP (Honolulu)  Singapore Duty Not Paid; 70cl (not stated); 1980s   Lower part of the capsule is different

Just Napoléon, Camus in large letters, at the bottom three lines of text:

Underneath it reads ´Camus La Grande Marque cognac'  Underneath it reads ´Camus La Grande Marque cognac'; with a paper duty seal.  Text on the capsule: .. distillers...; 25 FL OZ (stated on box)  With content 700ml stated and B85.

Just Napoléon, Camus in large letters, vieille réserve at the bottom:

Whit heraldic embleme on the shoulder. The others have a wreath of laurels and the ´N´. It also says ´Vieille Réserve´ on the bottom.  Long neck; said to be 700ml  Different backside, with an EAN code and a number; 70cl (stated on the box)  700ml stated on the back; back-label in English (and Japanese)  Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top; 70cl (stated on the back)

Flask. Content?

Napoléon Extra and Extra Old

   Very similar to previous bottle, but in a green box and with HKDNP stated on the back  70cl Napoleon Extra Old   different content stated   With a number on the neck; glass colour and label colour are slightly different

First four bottles with have clear differences.

5. XO

XO, Long necks

Embleme gold and red, solid cross  Embleme gold and red, cross less solid in the centre (1970s)  Embleme black and gold; 700ml  Embleme black and gold; horses on the side are not solid (70cl stated on duty seal; 1980s)  With the new embleme. 'Cognac' printed in subdued colour compared to the rest of the text.  With HKDNP on the back of the neck  With the new embleme. Cognac printed in the same bright colour as the rest of the text.  Aberrant colour of the label; (said to be 700ml on auction)   1 liter  1L with HKDNP stated on the neck

XO, Superior

70cl (stated on back-side)  Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top; 70cl stated on back-side (click to see)  With 70 cl and 40% alc written, extra text near the edge above the emblem and a recycling symbol.  700ml, For Duty, Free Sale Only stated (click to see detail)  700ml Australian import  1L HKDNP, stated on the back  100cl stated on the back; and HKDNP  Smaller laurels

XO, Elegance

70cl  Emblem has a little difference: no yellow on top (70cl)  70cl, not stated on the label, but it is stated on the box.  With 70 cl and ABV stated  XO Elegance. 1L, stated on the back

Old and new labels.

XO Borderies

old emblem, 70cl (stated on the back of the neck)  Old emblem; 750ml stated on the neck Content not stated; with a DFS sticker   Old emblem, HKDNP 1L (content not stated, HKDNP on back)  small emblem with an outline modern emblem, without an outline; 70cl stated on the back of the neck  XO Family Reserve, 70cl

Three different embleme’s.

XO, asian market

 
These two XO Chungwa’s are also Camus.

6. Extra and extraordinaire

Extra, old bottle types

Extra  70cl, with a paper duty seal; click to see content stated on the back.  Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top; 75cl stated on seal (back-side, click to see); 1980s  70cl stated on stopper. Also stated is HKDNP; click to see detail on stopper. (1980s)  Also HKDNP, but this time 'Produce of France' is not stated on the seal  70cl, stated on the bottom; on the stopper: 'Duty Free Sade DFS'  XR, 70cl stated on the label.  XR, with Duty Free Sales sticker

Extra Elegance

No content stated  With 70cl written on the side of the stopper  With 70CL differently written on the side of the stopper 70CL stated differently  Extra Dark & Intense; gold coloured stopper.  Extra 48.8 Angel's share (700ml)

Extraordinaire

 Text and symbols on the back   Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top; 70cl stated on backside.   Red neck; said to be 700ml on auction (not stated)  70cl Red; stated on the back of the neck (click to see it)  text sticker on the back; probably 70cl  With a DFS sticker; content not stated

Three different colours, embleme and neck.

7. 40 Years old and VO

      Different cap and no top label.

The first two are 40 years old and have a slightly different capsule and the first one has a smaller label . The third bottle is a VO.

8. Réserve Extra Vieille and Hors d’Age

Réserve Extra Vieille 1906  Réserve Extra Vieille 1916  Réserve Extra Vieille 1906  1914, Réserve extra vieille  1914 Reserve Extra Vieille whit a white capsule

Hors d'Age, Réserve Extra Vieille  73cl Italian import, paper duty seal on top  On main label 'Reserve Extra Vieille' and on shoulder: 'La grande Marque'  Same as last one but different text on bottom of label.  On main label: 'Reserve Extra Vieille'; on shoulder label: Extra Vieille' and 'Hors d'Age' in silver letters.  Same as last one but different text on bottom of label and a paper duty seal. No additional text whatsoever below 'cognac'; 70cl, 1960s On main label: 'Grande Fine Champagne'; 73cl, Italian import (Isolabella) Almost the same as previous, but extra text in lower left: 'Distilled and bottled by:' (1970s)

The fist three only say Réserve Extra Vieille (with a year), all other say also Hors d’Age; all different.

9. Vintages, Family Héritage and Rarissimés

Old vintages

1793, bottled 1863  1807, bottled 1877  Said to be a vintage 1810, bottled in 1875. (doubtful since the name Camus was added to the brand name after 1890)  Camus Frères, 1848  Camus Frères, 1848  1875  1878    1914   1893  1964 vintage, bottled in 2008, though not stated this supposed to be a petite champagne

Rarissimés, single crus:

Vint. 1962 petite champagne, bottled 2007; 45 years old  Vint. 1969 petite champagne, bottled 2007; 38 years old  Vint. 1970 petite champagne, bottled 2013; 43 years old  Vint. 1980 grande champagne, bottled 2013?; 33 years old  Vint. 1983 fins bois, bottled 2013; 30 years old  Vint. 1988 fins bois, bottled 2013; 25 years old  1994 fins bois, bottled 2014; 20 years old  Vint. 2004 borderies, bottled 2014; 10 years old

Rarissimés, blends

vint. 1940, bottled 2011  40 years old, bottled 2014  40 years old, bottled 2016  Blend 65 years old, bottled 2017  Vint 1970, bottled 2008; 38 years old  Same as previous one, but with a paper seal on top  Vint 1971, bottled 2007; 36 years old  Vint 1971, bottled 2008; 37 years old  Vint 1971, bottled 2010; 39 years old  Vint 1973, bottled 2011; 38 years old  Vint 1973, bottled 2012; 39 years old  Vint 1974, bottled 1989; 15 years old  Vint 1980, bottled 2008; 28 years old  Vint 1988, bottled 2011; 23 years old  Vint 1988, bottled 2007; 19 years old  Vint 1989, bottled 2008; 19 years old Vint 1991, bottled 2012; 21 years old

Family Héritage:

Family Héritage 1972 vintage, bottled 2006  Gold Mercury Tribute, Family Héritage vintage 1975, bottled 2008  Zelfde fles als vorige, maar wordt nu onder de noemer Rarissimes aangeboden.

Other

Récolte 1941  Vint. 1969, bottled 2004; 35 years old; date is written as 14 déc 2004  Vint. 1969, bottled 2004; 35 years old, with a paper duty seal; date is written as 14.12.2004   Vint. 1972 petite champagne, bottled 2013; 41 years old  Vint. 1973, bons bois

First bottle is ‘Récolte 1941’; then follow three bottles Pionneau, which is a brandname of Camus, and a bons bois vintage 1973.

10. Baccarat and other decanters

Decanters with no further indication:

Text on the glass (papaya bottle, Baccarat; 1980s, 70cl)  Text on the glass 70cl stated on the back (papaya bottle, Baccarat; 1980s) with a paper seal on top.  Different emblem and no text left or right from the emblem; with HKDNP stated on top (click to see detail)  Different emblem and no text left or right from the emblem; with HKDNP stated on top differently (click to see detail)  HKDNP on a sticker, no emblem on the glass and no HKDNP on top (70cl; ca. 1975)  Text on the side of the stopper  Red on the cap; said to be named 'Centenaire'. (looks very much like the Napoleon bottle...)Baccarat 2000

Napoléon decanters:

  Napoléon; on the box: 'Presentation de Luxe'  Same, but with HKDNP on the stopper.  HNL DNP stated   With HKDNP stated on the back  This bottle was sold in a wooden box (click to see)

Spécial Réserve:

70cl stated on the back  70cl Special Reserve, HKDNP stated on back-side  70cl Special Reserve; with DFS sticker  70cl, with Duty Free Sade DFS symbol on the back  700ml Special Reserve; 700ml 40%Alc/Vol stated on back-side (click to see)   700ml Special Reserve; imported by DFS Australia (click to see back-side)    700ml Special Reserve; imported by DFS Australia, different back-side (click to see back-side)  1L bottle (stated on back-side, click to see but it is a bad picture)  1L bottle with DFS sticker

Several decanters with very aged cognac:

    Sélection de la Maison (70cl, stated on the back of the neck)  Hors d'Age  Réserve de Fondateur  Réserve Extra Vieille   Marquise, old type cap  Marquise, new type cap  Marquise with top seal, Italian import   No name, 1985 (copy of the original of 1883)   With paper top seal (70cl)  Hors d'Age cognac, Baccarat 2000, (1980); made for Baccarat Camus Tradition; ca 20 years old (1960's)  Camus Royale aka 'Michel'  Michel carafe with a DFS sticker; 70cl stated on top of the stopper  Family Legacy (2013)

Cuvée 3.128 (2008) Cuvée 4.176 (2010) Cuvée 2.105 (2011) Cuvée 3.140 (2012) Cuvée 5.150 (2013) Cuvée 5.150 with a paper duty seal

Jubilee (1990s) Jubilee, variation; capsule is different but is has the same stopper as previous bottle Same but with a paper duty seal on top

More information about the very expensive baccarat decanters to be found in the chapter ‘Extravaganza’.

11. Limited editions

11a. VSOP destination

Destination Paris   Destination Hong Kong  Destination Singapore

These are 1 liter bottles.

11b. Royale

  No 'R' under the Camus embleme.  With an 'R' under the Camus embleme.

11c. Celebration (Celebration celebrates 100 years Camus, 1963)

Celebration, white labels and ‘Celebration’ above the shoulder blob

No text left or right of the Camus embleme. Neck label in French. Below on the left: 'Camus & Co. Cognac'  No text left or right of the Camus embleme. Neck label in French. Below on the left: 'distilled and bottled by Camus & Co. Cognac produce of France'; No bottle number on the right below 40%.  No text left or right of the Camus embleme. Neck label in French. Below on the left: 'distilled and bottled by Camus & Co. Cognac produce of France'; On the right, below 40%, is a bottle number stated  Neck label in French. Below on the left: 'distilled and bottled by Camus & Co. Cognac produce of France'; not less than 24 FL OZS stated and 70% Proof.  Same as previous one, but neck label in English. 40% stated on the right side  No text left or right of the Camus embleme; neck label in English and 70% Proof on bottom of label.  Same as previous one with neck label in English. 24 fl. ozs. stated on the right side (1960s)  No text left or right of the Camus embleme; neck label in English and no content or abv stated (said to be 75cl on auction)  Left of embleme 'litri idrati 0,730'; right '40%' and 'litri anidri 0,292'; necklabel mentions 'le roi de Suède'. Italian import: Isolabella   Same as previous, but text in bottom left is different: Camus & Co. propriétaires; Italian import: Isolabella & Fo. Milano  Same as previous, but white label instead of yellow (text on neck label in French).    Same as last bottle, but neck label in English: 'King of Sweden'. Content: 0,750  Different text left and right of the Camus embleme. Neck label in English.  Ausländisches Erzeugnis on bottom of label; neck label in French..

Celebration, black labels or no label at all.
No paper label:

moss-green glass  moss-green glass, with a paper duty seal on top Opaque glass, different letter case  70cl green glass  70cl with a top seal; green glass With only a 'C' in the big blob. 70cl, Französisches Erzeugnis

With a paper label:

With a black label; big 'C' on a blob on the label, but whitout a crown. 70cl  70cl, stated; with a cotisation symbol; 'PGB Distribution' on the back  Same but with a paper top seal; 70cl stated on the back  Different back: content not stated  Different back, content not stated and no text in the silvery area underneath  750ml stated on the lower right  1L, stated on the back (click to see)  1L, stated on the back; Duty Free for Export Only, T.W.S.A. 2  1L bottle; the name Camus has partially disappeared under the blob

Black label; the big 'C' on the main label is printed and not in a blob. (70cl)

Celebration, aberrant

Very different labels

11d. Other limited editions

  Camus Excelsior  Chateau du Plessis Fine Borderie; 40% and 70cl stated left and right of the emblem.  Chateau du Plessis Fine Borderie; with a paper duty seal on top and without 40% and 70cl stated left and right of the emblem.  Chateau du Plessis, Borderie; different capsule; no content stated (said to be 70cl on auction)   Réserve Chateau du Plessis  Chateau du Plessis réserve de la famille, fines borderies  Réserve Privée; distilled in 1863, bottled in 1904 (40 yo)  Réserve Privée; distilled in... (same as previous bottle?, colour of label looks different)  Réserve Privée; 100 ans d'Age, Französisches Erzeugnis  Presidents Réserve  140th anniversary blend  Finesse; 70cl, 40%. Japanese import.    GMC, 150 anniversary (70cl; 2013)

Cuvée; blend of grande champagne and borderies  Cuvée Speciale 70cl   700ml Cuvée Spéciale  Cuvée Speciale, asian  2x cuvée speciale labels different from previous three.

Seraphin VS  Seraphin VSOP (750ml stated)  Seraphin VSOP (75cl stated)  Serapin XO, 70cl  Serapin XO, 750ml

Imperial monobrut  VS cognac used for long drinks; 70cl; approx 1950-60

12. Limoges porcelain

12a. Destination series

The Destination bottles are 35cl Special Reserve, made of Castel Limoges, adorned with 22kt gold, and can be recognized by the text on the bottom of the flask, where it says ‘Destination Collection’:

 

 Destination China  Hong Kong import, on the bottom: HKDNP, click to see details  Destination China number 2    Destination Hong Kong (1997)  Destination Tahiti (or Saipan as some say)  Destination Hawaii  Destination Hawaii number 2, 35cl  Destination Guam    Destination USA The founding of Sydney (destination Australia?)  Destination Australia (Koala Foundation), 35cl  35cl St. Petersburg (2003)

12b. Grand Masters Collection

Except for Starry Night of van Gogh (35cl, see miniatures) they are all 70cl special reserve, content stated on the box; most are made of Castel Limoges and adorned with 22kt gold. Women in the Garden, Evening Mood and Two Tahitian Women are made of Artoria limoges. After the Bath is produced by Castel Limoges as well as by Artoria limoges.

  Michelangelo: The Delphic Sibyl, 70cl (click for back-side: the Libyan Sibyl) The Creation of Adam; (70cl or 75cl)   Renoir: Moulin de la Galette, 70cl  Renoir: After the Bath. 70cl Renoir: Spring Bouquet; 70clRenoir: Woman Asleep; 70cl  Bouguerreau: Evening Mood (also known as Twilight or Dusk); 70cl  Gauguin: Two Tahitian Women; 70cl  Monet: Women in the Garden; 70clVan Gogh: The Sunflowers; 70cl  Van Gogh: Portrait of Dr Gachet; 70cl   Van Gogh: Café at Night; 70cl  Van Gogh: The Irises; 70cl

Specimen with duty seals:

70cl stated on back side (click to see)   

12c. Napoleon books (bicentenaire 1769-1969)

These are all 70cl Napoléon or sometimes Napoléon Vieille Réserve cognac flasks made of Limoges and adorned with 22kt gold. The Limoges marks may vary: ‘L’, Castel, Haviland, Bernardaud, Jammet Seignolles, ‘MNP’ (Manufacture Nouvelle de Porcelain, forerunner of Artoria). Unfortunately I do not always have pictures of the backs or the bottomsides. They came out in 1969 and probably some years after.

12c1. Napoleon standing, ‘keyhole’ front.
Backs and front are adorned with vine leafes except the brown books. All Napoleon, but some have ‘vieille reserve’ added. Limoges factories can be Castel, L, MNP or Jammet Seignolles. Click on the photo’s to see back and bottom of the books.

Napoleon, limoges de Castel   Napoleon, limoges de Castel; Camus is printed larger and Castel logo is different (click to see the back)  Napoleon, limoges de MNP  Vieille Reserve Napoleon, Castel limoges  Vieile Reserve Napoleon, Castel limoges; the laurels on the back around the 'N' are different  Napoleon, black  Napoleon, limoges de L  Napoleon; almost the same as previous, the difference is the rigt ending of the vine leaves on the back: they end 'empty' while on the previous bottle they end with a little piece of stem  Vieille Reserve Napoleon  Napoleon, much more yellow colour (light effect?)  Napoleon, limoges de Castel  Vieille Reserve Napoleon, Castel limoges  Napoleon, MNP Limoges   Napoleon, Jammet Seignolles Limoges  Napoleon Vieille Réserve  Napoleon, L Limoges  Napoleon, L Limoges, the back has solid rings in stead of laurels; with a little sword on the bicorn stopper

12c2. Napoleon standing, plain front.
Backs and front are adorned with laurels on the front and solid bands or wedges on the back. All Napoleon. Limoges factories can be Castel, L, MNP or De Haviland. Click on the photo’s to see back and bottom of the books.

Napoleon, Castel limoges; solid wedges on the back  Napoleon, MNP limoges; solid wedges on the back  Napoleon, seems to be a different colour; no back or bottom to show; back has probably solid wedges  Napoleon, De Haviland limoges; on the back are solid bands  Napoleon, L limoges, on the back are solid bands  Very similar to the others, but Napoleon is now not standing in the middle: look at the distance of the head to the crowns

12c3. Napoleon in unicolour, standing.
Adornments on front and back vary. Qualities are Napoleon or Napoleon Vieille Reserve. All are from Castel Limoges factories. Click on the photo’s to see back and bottom of the books.

Napoleon, Castel limoges, laurels on the front and solid wedges on the back; dark blue  Napoleon, Castel limoges, laurels on the front and solid wedges on the back; lighter blue  Napoleon, De Haviland limoges, laurels on the front and solid wedges on the back  Napoleon, Castel limoges; Castel logo with three text lines; back and front have vine leaves  Napoleon, Castel limoges; Castel logo with nine text lines; back and front have laurels  Vieile Reserve Napoleon, Castel limoges; back and front have vine leaves

12c4. Napoléon bust:
Adornments on front are always laurels, on the back solid bands or wedges. They are all Napoleon quality. Limoges factories can be Castel, ‘L’, De Haviland or Bernardaud. Click on the photo’s to see back and bottom of the books.

Napoleon Castel limoges, on the back three rather massive green bands; Castel logo does not state Castel   Napoleon Castel limoges, on the back three rather massive green bands; Castel logo does not state Castel; difference with previous: the way the laurels touch in the corners  Napoleon Castel limoges, green bands on the back are less massive; Castel logo in golden colour has the name Castel stated  Napoleon Castel limoges, green bands on the back are less massive; Castel logo (now in red) has the name Castel stated  Napoleon Castel limoges, green bands on the back are less massive; Castel logo has the name Castel stated; difference with previous: the way the laurels touch in the corners  Napoleon bust, De Haviland limoges; green bicorn cap  Napoleon bust, De Haviland limoges; differences in the hair-style  Napoleon bust, De Haviland limoges, white bicorn cap (original?)  Napoleon bust, 'L' Limoges  Napoleon bust, 'L' Limoges; with an extra Camus logo at the bottom; on the back the order of the words are different  Napoleon bust, Bernardaud limoges  Bernardaud Limoges in red; besides the logo also 'B&Co Limoges France' is stated at the bottom (click to see detail of bottom)  Napoleon bust, Bernardaud limoges in blue, besides the logo also 'B&Co Limoges France' is stated at the bottom; Napoleon is more looking down or leaning forward  Napoleon bust, limoges, on the back Napoleon is printed curved in large letters and Camus is only once stated  Napoleon bust, Castel limoges, solid gold bands on the back  Napoleon bust, Castel limoges, solid gold bands on the back; Castel logo on the bottom has Castel stated  Napoleon bust, Castel limoges, solid gold wedges on the back  Napoleon bust, brown (no photo's of back or bottom available); back has solid gold bands  Napoleon bust, unicolour, Castel limoges; with solid gold wedges on the back    

To see some very small differences in the heads: click!

Be aware of imitations: the Napoléon books with ‘feathered hat’ are not Camus, as probably is the last one with quite different laurels:

Not a Camus?   Not sure if this is a Camus! Quite different model; Limoges mark SA (Castel)  Not a Camus?

12d. Drums

These drums are Napoléon Vieille Réserve, 70cl and are made of Haviland Limoges.

Napoléon Vieille Réserve, with canons on the backside. (De Haviland Limoges)     (Battles of) Friedland and Wagram (back-side); Napoleon Vieille Reserve

12e. Sports

700ml Castel Limoges bottles, most are Napoléon (Moscow is Napoléon Extra).

1978 World Cup Argentina  Olympic Games Moscow 1980    World Cup Football Spain 1982 (75cl)  Los Angeles Summer Games 1984  With an Italian import sticker; click to see side-view.World Cup Football Mexico 1986  Seoul Summer Games 1988

700ml Golf balls

Napoléon    Napoleon   Napoléon Vieille Réserve

12f. Other

Petit Trésor:

Petit Trésor

Belle epoque:
Napoléon Vieille Reserve; Castel Limoges   Napoléon Vieille Reserve; Castel Limoges  Napoléon; Castel Limoges  Napoléon Vieille Reserve; Castel Limoges  Napoléon; Castel Limoges  'Love'; limoges Castel  70cl Love, vieille reserve.  Special Reserve; Castel Limoges; 350ml (stated on the back)  Same as previous, but Asian import with 35cl stated on the back
Special occasions:

   Hotel Intercontinental Paris 1878-1978. Napoleon cognac. Haviland Limoges. (1978) With a golden stopper, click to see (70cl)  Discovery of Amerca, 1492-1992, Special Réserve. Castel Limoges (1992)

Napoleon cognac; Lafayette (and Washington on backside); Haviland Limoges. To commemorate the American Revolution (1776-1976). Front-side, 1976.    Without the plaquette at the bottom; De Haviland limoges (click to see side, bottom and top)

Vieille Réserve; 'L' Limoges. Queens Silver Jubilee in 1977. Click to see back-side.

Royal wedding:

Fine Cognac Royale. Haviland Limoges. Royal Wedding, 1981 (70cl).

Other:

Vieille Réserve, porcelain; 2003   Tonneau Napoleon (1980s; ca. 70cl)   Tonneau napoleon; different label (1980s)

13. Île de Ré

Fine Island Cognac without content or percentage of alcohol stated  Fine Island Cognac; 750ml stated  Fine Island Cognac, 700ml stated  Fine Island Cognac without content or ABV stated, with a paper duty seal.  Fine Island Cognac: Double Matured  Fine Island Cognac: Double Matured, with 70cl stated and 40%vol.  Fine Island Cognac: Double Matured, with a paper duty seal.  Fine Island Cognac: Cliffside Cellar  70cl stated  Fine Island Cognac: Cliffside Cellar, with a paper duty seal.  Fine Island Cognac: Cliffside Cellar, with 750ml and 40%ALC/VOL stated  Île de Ré XO (replaced by the Cliffside Cellar)

These are all four Bois Ordinaires cognacs.

14. Canons and special stands

Napoleon  Napoleon   Napoleon Extra Hors d'Age  Hors d'Age, different canon, see the red embleme.    Napoleon in wooden shoe  Hors d'Age in a wooden shoe  Napoleon

2L Private Réserve  Darker colour  Wicker bottle

15. Magnums

1.5L Hors d'Age (1960s)  1.4L Hors d'Age, Reserve Extra Vieille  1.5L Hors d'Age Reserve Extra Vieille (1940s)  1.5L Jubilé (1950s) King Gustav's 90th anniversary (Sweden)  1.4L Celebration   2L VSOP de Luxe   3L VSOP Elegance  1.5L Napoléon  1,5 L Borderies XO, old embleme.    1,5 L Borderies XO, newer embleme.  1,5 L Borderies XO, modern embleme.  1.75L Extra Elegance   1.75L Extra Elegance in a stand  Seraphin 1.75L

The three XO Borderies have different emblems.

1875 Jeroboam (3L)

16. Miniatures

16a. three stars

Three stars clear glass (or almost clear)

    Difference from previous one: cap  Different colour of glass and different cap. On label it says: produce of France just below and to the right of 'Cognac'  Additional text left and right just under 'Camus' and under 'Cognac'.   Screw cap   Texts different (same as bottle no. 5), screw cap.  'Französisches Erzeugnis' 

Three stars green glass

No text left or right under 'Camus'.   Just under 'Camus': left: 'alc.'; right: '40%'.   No stars on the shoulder label.  No text left or right under 'Camus'.   Just under 'Camus': left: '40%'; right: '70 Proof'.  2.9cl  Inh. 2.9 cl stated much higher on the label  less informationon bottom half of label.

16b. VS

VS de Luxe 3cl

green bottle    Different typeface and different text underneath.  PET flask   

VS de Luxe 5cl

 With 5cl stated  without content stated  Newer label design   Different letter case  50ml stated

VS Elegance, white labels

 3cl   3cl; no paper seal on the cap  5cl 

VS Elegance, black labels

3cl  5cl with engraving on the glass  5cl, no engraving 5cl, broad model 

16c. VSOP

VSOP (not De Luxe, Grand, Elegance)

  Different colour glass and cap    Label and cap are more white, colour of glass is different     Fine champagne, Royal Choice     Fine champagne, Royal Choice, different cap  Fine champagne, Royal Choice, different cap; percentage not stated  Probably just lost its labels on shoulder and neck   50ml stated  50ml stated differently  Borderies vsop

Grand VSOP
– grand VSOP, green bottle, no label

 'Camus' is written in small letters above 'Grand VSOP'; 3cl  'Camus' is written in big letters above 'Grand VSOP'  Different way of putting Royal Choice on the glass   With 'Royal Choice' twice   With a sticker on the neck 

– grand VSOP, green bottle, black and golden label

0.029L stated  0.029L stated, golden cap.  2.9cl stated  2.9cl stated, but no text to the right of the embleme  No content stated; engraving on the shoulder; blackish embleme in centre  No content stated; engraving on the shoulder; reddish embleme in centre  No content stated; no engraving on the shoulder; black cap with a paper seal.  No Content. 'Grand VSOP' larger than previous bottles (the 'G' starts halfway of the 'C' above it), but somewhat smaller than next bottle (see the 'A': as good as closed)  'Grand VSOP' in somewhat larger letter case than previous bottle (the 'A' is open)  Frosted glass Almost identical to the previous bottle, but with a black cap.  5cl     Different glass colour  50ml, broad bottle

– grand VSOP, clear bottle, red label, no content stated

No real embleme besides the background print on the label. Additional sticker on the neck.  Vague engraving on the glass just above the label.  Embleme on the label  Embleme and 'France'on the label below. Higher label.  With 40%vol below on the left.  Newer embleme and clear engraving on the glass   No engraving  Newer embleme, no engraving   With Asian characters and newer embleme

– grand VSOP, clear bottle, red label, 2.9cl

2.9cl  2.9cl e  With an embleme on the label.

– grand VSOP, clear bottle, red label, 3cl

  3cl on the bottom right side  3cl on the left side  3cl to the left ant with a cotisation symbol  No 'France' stated on bottom of label; 3cl on the bottom left side. Engraving on the glass.   Wit a cotisation mark (8); engraving on the glass; 3cl on the right With some text at the upper left of the label  Newer embleme No embleme; with a cotisation mark (8)

– grand VSOP, clear bottle, red label, 5cl and more

  'France' stated at bottom of label  other text at bottom of label, very vague  It says here: 50ml. Also vague text at bottom.  Broad model  5cl, much smaller embleme.  5cl; content and abv more to the bottom; different text underneath  content and percentage are sitting lower

VSOP de Luxe

No content stated  3cl  5cl on lower right  5cl on lower left  3cl with asian characters  Same, but with a sticker on the neck.

VSOP Elegance, 3cl

   

VSOP Elegance, 5cl

old model bottle  newer model bottle, but still old label and embleme  Newer label and embleme   With a paper seal 

16d. Napoleon

Napoleon, no label

  Different glass and no accent on the 'E' of Napoléon.  'Camus' is written larger than 'Napoléon'   Different embleme  With an additional embleme on the shoulder

Napoleon, black label

40%Vol and 5cl stated; black cap  Golden cap, no content or abv statedBlack cap, no text left or right of the embleme.   Name and address of importer on the label; 0.03L stated With 3cl to the left and cotisation mark to the right  With 3cl to the right and cotisation mark to the left   50ml, 80 Proof, VRSP on the label  3cl on the right side; 'produce of France' (in stead of 'La Grande Marque')  No content stated; emblem on the shoulder (5cl)   No content stated; different colour of glass and no emblem on the shoulder  Cap sealed with plastic

The first six bottles say ‘La Grande Marque’ just underneath the embleme. The other four: ‘Produce of France’.

Napoleon Extra, Rare Old, Extra Old and Napoleon Vieille Réserve
3cl Napoléon Extra  5cl Rare Old  5cl; brownish label   5cl, gold-brown label; no cotisation mark Cotisation mark on upper left of the label  Cotisation mark on upper right of the label  Napoleon Vieille Réserve, no cotisation  Cotisation mark on the right 

16e. XO

XO and XO Superior

Long neck, 30ml   Long neck, 50ml; different emblem compared to the 30ml bottleXO Superior, laurels reach almost halfway  Superior Camus Cognac France in sturdier lettertype    XO Superieur, much smaller laurelsWith 50ml stated  With Asian characters

XO Elegance

   old label  New label New label, with a paper seal

XO Borderies

  With content stated in the upper left

XO Chungwa

5cl

16f. Extra

 5cl (stated at bottom)  50ml With Asian characters on backside

16g. Vieille Réserve and VO

Réserve Extra Vieille  Imperiale  Unknown  V.O.  V.S.O.

16h. Réserve Extra Vieille and Hors d’Age

Grande Fine Champagne Hors d'Age  Reserve Extra Vieille Hors d'Age  Reserve Extra Vieille Hors d'Age. Different cap and different colour of glass  New bottle type, 27ml   New bottle type, 3cl; light coloured cap No neck label and different text on lower left bottom

16i. Miniature limited editions

16i-a. Celebration
Celebration white labels:

 Old model bottle  Old model bottle, slightly different cap  Newer model bottle  With 70 Proof on the right of ´Cognac´. No neck label.  Text on the left of ´Cognac´  40% to the right of ´Cognac´.  British European Airways    ´Celebration´ is on a different label, attached to the main label; 3clNo neck label  ´Celebration´ is now written on the main label  Same but with a paper seal on top

Celebration, no paper labels:

No label. Golden cap; dots in the embleme between ´celebration´ and ´cognac´   Lichter cap; smaller dots; less colouring in the lower embleme around the cross   no dots  No dots, with paper seal  with 1 ounce and 80 proof left and right of the lower embleme.

Celebration, black paper labels with Camus above the emblem:

With a paper label, no content or alcohol volume stated; with a paper seal.   With an engraving on the glass; with content and 40% stated.  Embleme different: less sharp  No engraving  With a paper seal 2.9 cl stated (above 70 proof)  Different glass colour; 0.029L stated

Celebration, black paper labels with Camus beneath the emblem:

Black cap; Camus is written under the (different) embleme; 0.029L stated left of the embleme (vague)  5cl stated left of the embleme  Blue cap; no content specified.  50ml and 80 proof specified (vaguely) on left and right side of the label.  2.9cl  3cl  No content specified.   No content specified. Less distance between the lines underneath the emblem  5cl.    50ml.

Celebration, flasks:

No content stated, but it is around 5cl  4cl stated  No content stated.  40% in the middle below, produce of France very small in the right corner below (ca. 5cl)   

16i-b. GMC miniatures

dark cap  light cap  Just 'La Grande Marque' under the emblem; with an Asian sticker    L.05 stated and 40%  150th anniversary bottle

16i-c. Other limited edition miniatures

Jazz  Jazz bottle with a Duty Free Singapore sicker   5cl Josephine; 5cl and 40% on the bottom area near the centre.  5cl Josephine, different colour of cap   5cl Josephine; 5cl and 40% on the bottom area near the edges Seraphine 5cl  5cl Cuvée 3.128   Élegance  Jubilee

C mini le petit ramoneur 1982-1992  Célébration 3cl  Rarissime vintage 1940 

The Celebration tube says ‘Selebration’ (Click it). I do not know what to think of it.

16i-d. Mini limoges: grand masters collection

   5cl  5cl    5cl  

Estimated on auction to be 30-35cl  Van Gogh: Starry Night (35cl); click to see different psecimen with content stated.  Van Gogh: Sunflowers (35cl); round stopper; click to see content  50cl (not stated on bottle, but said at auction)

16i-e. Mini limoges: napoleon books (5cl)

These collection are all Limoges porcelain. At the bottom they have marks that differ according to the series they belong to. Thus you can have just the mark, the mark with ’22K Gold’ written and the mark with ’22K Gold Edition Limitée’. For instance for the blue standing Napoléon:

Standing; with on the back bands of laurel leaves:

White, Napoleon in a frame in the shape of  keyhole.

Napoleon cognac 

with bands of laurel leaves on back, Napoleon cognac

Camus is printed wider than Napoleon  bright green  mossy green.  mossy green, slightly different. Look at the size of the laurel leaves.  blue; Napoléon in unicolour; Camus is printed less wide than Napoleon  blue; Napoléon in unicolour; Camus is written wider than Napoleon  Black  Red  Red-brown  Platinum  Gold    Platinum, with laurel branches instead of leaves  Gold, with laurel branches instead of leaves 

with laurel leaves bands on back, Napoleon Vieille Reserve cognac

 Blue, Napoleon in unicolour   Blue, Napoleon in colour     Black  Red  Red-brown   Brown    

Standing, with solid bands on back:

Laurels on just three sides around Napoleon. Below on back it says: Camus Grande Marque Cognac.    Laurels on all four sides, differently shaped; the word 'Napoleon' is wider than the word 'Camus'. Below on back: Camus CognacLaurels on all four sides; the word 'Napoleon' is less wide than the word 'Camus'   Napoleon Vieille Reserve 

First four are all Napoléon, last one is Napoleon Vieille Reserve.

Standing, with solid wedge shaped bands on back:

Green  Bright blue  Blue     Purple

All four are Napoléon cognac

Buste of Napoléon:

   

16i-f. Mini limoges: belle epoque

5cl Napoleon (1993)  5cl, slightly different  5cl Napoleon Vieille Reserve (1993)   Napoleon cognac   5cl Napoleon Vieille Reserve (1993)   5cl Napoleon; 'Love'; Castel Limoges 5cl, different colouring; 'Love'; Castel Limoges  5cl Napoleon Vieille Reserve; 'Love'; Castel Limoges  5cl Napoléon; 'Love white'; Castel Limoges  5cl Napoleon Vieille Reserve; 'Love' white; Castel Limoges

16i-g. Mini limoges: golfballs

 Napoleon, 1996  Napoleon, 1996

 Napoleon Vieille Reserve, 1996   Napoleon Vieille Reserve, 1996  Napoleon Vieille Reserve, 1996

16i-h. Mini limoges: tonneaux

 5cl      5cl           

16i-j. Mini Île de Ré

5cl Fine Island Cognac  different embleme  With additional text on bottom in white   Double Matured  Different colour label   Cliff Side Cellar    XO  With a paper cap seal

16i-k. Mini canons, stands and various other

Three stars   Grand VSOP    Napoleon   Napoleon    XO  Grand VSOP   Grand VSOP   Grand VSOP   XO Borderies   Celebration

100ml Extra sample, 48.8%

16j. 20-50cl bottles

50cl    35cl  50cl  35cls, stated on the back   35 or 50cl?  vsop grand 50cl     50cl VSOP, Destination Paris    50cl flask, plastic (PET)  35cl Napoleon (not stated, but seen standing next to a 700ml)  35cl XO 35cl XO Duty Free Shoppers 35cl; HKDNP (click to see back-side label)  35cl superior; Pacific import  50cl XO Elegance  Extra 375ml  35cl

No content stated, but it is a 35cl.  35cl, stated at auction   No content stated, but it is at least a 35cl.

350ml Special Reserve  35cl Special Reserve  35cl Special Reserve, HKDNP (click to see back-side)  Seraphine 375ml

Joséphine, 35cl  La Belle, 35cl  La Belle, 35cl, with a DFS sticker (Duty Free Shoppers)  Cool Jazz, 35cl  Jazz, 35cl  Design, 35cl  Elegant, 50cl   Neon, 35cl      Minuit, 35cl  Asian market; content and alcohol placed more to the left

17. Camus Extravaganza

The very expensive and extravagant bottles of Camus have their own page, where there is room for a more extensive description of the bottles: the Master Piece Collection and the Jubilée Réserve Extra Vieille.

Click on this link to see the Camus Extravaganza page.

Or in Dutch: Click on this link to see the Camus Extravaganza page in Dutch.

 


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  1. Hello. I have a bottle of Camus I’ve owned for years after acquiring it from another party, but they didn’t have any information on it. I’ve searched occasionally for information on it, but I haven’t found anything thus far. I discovered your website on my search tonight, and I see that while you have many bottles shown, I don’t see mine. I’m interested to learn anything about it that I can. If I sent you pictures of the bottle, do you think you might be able to tell me something about it? Thank you in advance.

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