Courvoisier Bottle Catalog PART 1, standard range bottles and vintages (last updated: Nov 14, 2018)

(422 bottles; but still more exist)

Click to go to limited editions and specials    Click to go to miniatures, half bottles and magnums

Introduction

I have made a short introduction to the bottle shapes that have been used
and also to the embleme’s on the labels. If you are interested you can click here.

After 1866 the firm’s name has been Societé Veuve Courvoisier & Curlier Frères. Between 1868 and 1870 Courvoisier & Curlier and between 1870 and 1909 Fréderic Curlier. In 1909 the Simon brothers renamed the company Courvoisier.
Established in 1809 this house is the youngest of the ‘Big Four’ (Hennessy, Rémy Martin, Martell and Courvoisier). In size Courvoisier now takes the third place.

Courvoisier has become famous for its slogan: ‘Le Cognac de Napoléon’, which they now have been using since the 1920’s.

Table of contents:

1. Curlier
2. Stars and VS
3. C de Courvoisier
4. Le Petit Caporal (1950’s)
5. VO, VVO and VSOP
6. Napoléon
7. XO and XO Impérial
8. Extra Vieille
9. Initiale and Initiale Extra
10. Vintages
11. Limited editions and specials (on a separate page)
12. Miniatures, half bottles and magnums (on a separate page)

1. Curlier

  Frederic Curlier, vintage 1868  Frederic Curlier, Très Vieille Fine Champagne

2. Stars and VS

2a three stars

 King George V mentioned in neck label; 'Founisseur Breveté de S.M. l'Empereur' on main label. Text underneath in French. No silhouette de Napoléon.  King George V mentioned in neck label; 'Founisseur Breveté de S.M. l'Empereur' on main label. Text underneath in French. No silhouette de Napoléon. Appellation Controlée printed below 'Cognac' (1940s)..  King George VI mentioned in neck label; 'Founisseur Breveté de S.M. l'Empereur' on main label. Text underneath in English. No silhouette de Napoléon.  King George VI mentioned in neck label; 'Fournisseur Breveté des Cours Etrangiers' on main label; text underneath in English. Silhouette de Napoléon. (1950s)  Almost the same as previous one. Difference is: Courvoisier LTD stated in the shoulder label. Almost like previous one, but text underneath in French; ABV stated, content not stated; 1960s Text underneath in French; ABV and content not stated; 1960-70s  Different capsule and cork. Text underneath in French.  Only the capsule is different from previous bottle and also 'Courvoisier Ltd' not stated on the shoulder label.  72ctl, printed inside the two circulair lines between 'cognac' and the red text underneath. Text underneath in French.  72ctl, printed differently inside the two circulair lines between 'cognac' and the red text underneath. Text underneath in French.  73ctl, printed inside the two circulair lines between 'cognac' and the red text underneath. Text underneath in French.   Different text underneath (73 ctl, stated; 1960s). Importer: G. F. Ferraretto (Italian text).   Same as previous bottle, but with a paper seal on top. (Italian text)  Very much like the previous bottle, but a different importer: Luigi Renzini; 73ctl (Italian text)  Different Italian importer: Cedal S.p.a. in Milano; 73cl  73cl; Italian import, 1950s; Reservé 1a la Vallée d'Aoste; click to see detail  73cl; Italian import; Reservé 1a la Vallée d'Aoste; stated differently; click to see detail    Diferent text under the name 'Courvoisier' (1952); 'all Courvoisier Cognac bears the registred phrase: The Brandy of Napoléon' printed in red. 4/5 Quart  Underneath: Cognac Französisches Erzeugnis  73ctl flask

2b three stars luxe (the Josephine type bottles started in the 1960s).
2b1. Green glass bottles, imperial emblem on the neck;  *** luxe on the label (or no neck emblem):

  '*** luxe' on the label  '*** luxe' on the label; imported by Cedal, Milano, 70cl  '*** luxe' on the label; imported by Cedal, Milano, 'e 70cl' stated  70cl, stated differently; Cedal import (1970s)  '*** Luxe' printed on the label; 680ml in the left bottom and 40%vol to the right (1970s)  Glass not so green; 24 fl.oz 680ml stated  '*** Luxe' printed on the label; 40%vol in the left bottom and 0.70L to the right  Same as previous bottle, but with a paper duty seal on top  '*** Luxe' printed on the label; 40%vol in the left bottom and e0.70L to the right  '*** Luxe' printed on the label; 40%vol in the left bottom and e0.70L to the right; text in green letters  '*** Luxe' printed on the label; 40%vol in the left bottom and e680ml to the right  1L bottle; 40%Vol stated in the left corner and 1 Litre in the right  1L bottle, with 1 Litre (35 oz) stated on top left corner  1L bottle, with 1 Litre stated on top left corner  1.13L (ca 1960)  1.13L 3star luxe (1960s); 1.13L stated on the righ and with an address line below in the middle.    '*** luxe' on the label; no neck label (probably not fallen off; I have seen more without a neck label)  70cl, Französisches Erzeugnis  75cl, no neck label; '*** luxe' on the label; with paper top sea ; Italian import (Cedal)

2b2. Green glass bottles, royal emblem on the neck; *** luxe, trois étoile luxe or three star luxe on the label:

'*** Luxe' on the label. With 'Le Petit Caporal' underneath; 70cl.  *** Luxe, 70cl stated  '*** luxe' on the label; different text underneath: 24 FL.OZ, 680ml and 70% Proof  '*** luxe' on the label; imported by Dala Cedal, Milano, 75cl (minimo 73ctl garantito) Trois etoiles luxe on the label; standard text underneath Trois etoiles luxe on the label; standard text underneath plus an address line; 0,70L stated   'Trois Etoiles Luxe' on the label. 73ctl; Cedal import.  'Trois Etoiles Luxe' on the label. 73ctl; Ferraretto import.  'Trois Etoiles Luxe' on the label. 0L.70 stated; Dutch import.  'Trois Etoiles Luxe' on the label; Belgium import  24 FL OZ 680ml stated; with text left and right of 'trade mark' (around the head of Napoleon); 1970s  'Three star luxe' on the label. 24 1/2 fl.oz;  1L bottle. Stated: 35 1/5 fl.oz. 1 Litre. (1960s)  0.7L flask

2b3. Clear glass bottles; trois étoiles luxe, three star luxe or *** luxe on the label:

Trois Étoiles Luxe; on the left below it says 40%  Very small differences: observe the distance between the lines of text; also the emblem does not touch the line above (1950s; possibly different content)  Trois Étoiles Luxe; ABV not stated (1960s).  Trois Étoiles Luxe; with three lines of text underneath, Italian import, Cedal s.p.a.; 75cl, 73ctl garantito (1960s)  Same as previous, but last address line is a bit different (Milano is added). (ca 1970s)  Trois Étoiles Luxe; with three lines of text underneath, Italian import, Ferraretto; 73cl, 73ctl (1970s)  0,70L Trois étoiles luxe; Dutch import for Wed. G. Oud Pzn, Haarlem  Three stars Luxe, Quart printed on the shoulder; 0,945L  Trois Étoiles Luxe; Französisches Erzeugnis   Three Star Luxe; on the left below it says 70 proof and on the right: 24 fl oz (1960s)  Same as last, only the stopper is different  70cl with text: NAAFI: "Duty Free Supplies for HM Forces'  '*** Luxe'; 24 fl.oz and 70%Proof (1960s)  2 pints 3 star luxe (1.1366L); below left: not less than 2 pt 8oz; upper right: 40.5 GL (1950s)  *** Luxe, 40 FL OZ. (1970s)

First the bottles with ‘Trois Etoiles Luxe’, followed by ‘Three Star Luxe’ and then ‘*** Luxe’.

2b4. The Brandy of Napoléon on the main label:

The Brandy of Napoléon; on the left below it says 40%  No ABV stated  The Brandy of Napoléon; on the left below it says 70 proof and on the right: 24 fl oz (prob. 1970s)  The Brandy of Napoléon with three lines of text underneath, in English; 70 proof stated   Italian import, Alemagna Milano  1L, Französisches Erzeugnis

2b5. Green glass bottles with a shoulder blob:

 

With a yellow-gold label in the shoulder blob, label itself very yellow too; 70 cl stated Same but much lighter label and capsule less dark 680ml;   680ml (around 1980); whiter label 40%vol stated and e0.70L stated  40%vol stated and e70cl stated; produce of France stated.  40%vol stated and e70cl stated with a paper duty seal; text below the medals is less wide.  text: distribué par Perrier - Jouet - Barton & Guestier Distribution  70cl stated; Italian import (Dalla Spirit, Genova)  70cl stated differently; Italian import (Dalla Spirit, Genova) 700ml stated; with 'Produce of France' underneath 1Litre bottle  1 Litre stated a little higher; UK import  'e 1 Litre' in much bigger letters  'e 1 Litre' in much bigger letters; now with Produce de France added to the address line (1990s)  Almost identical to previous bottle, but lettertype of addres line is little different, moren dense; note how Courvoisier starts above the 'J' of Jarnac instead of above the 'R'  1L, Bahrain Tax Free Shop

2c VS old style

In 1960 they switched from three stars to VS

Old type (before 1960); 4/5 quart stated; F.C.G. Importers; with a paper duty seal  White glass 4/5 Quart; (1960s)  White glass, no content stated   White glass 1 Imperial Quart; (1960s)  VS 4/5 quart, imported by Taylor & Comp.   Green glass 1 Imperial Quart; (1960s)  With the Imperial Coat of Arms on the neck label  Very Special - Très Special; on the neck blob only VS  Very Special; on the neck blob: VS very special; 70cl; Italian import (Spirit, Genova)  Very Special; on the neck blob: VS very special; US import (Taylor, Miami)  Very Special; on the neck blob: VS very special; text underneath is different: produce of France  With USDF stated in the right bottom corner; said to be 1 Litre  Le Cognac de Napoléon; on neck blob a silhouette de Napoleon  70cl stated; Italian import (Spirt, Genova)  1 Litre stated  70cl; on neck blob a silhouette de Napoleon and three stars

2d VS new style

70cl stated on the left side, vertical. On the right: Courvoisier - 16200 Jarnac, France  Same as previous, but with a paper duty seal.  70cl stated vertical on the left side. Text on the right side differs: Courvoisier S.A. 2 Place du - Chateau 16200 Jarnac France Same as previous, but with a papaer duty seal (VS is stated on the neck capsule, but very vaguely)  70cl stated on the left side, vertical. No address line on the right. 1Litre stated on the left side, vertical   1Litre stated on the left side, vertical; less space between vol. and 'e 1Litre' and different vertical text on right side. (No emblem; fallen off?)  1L and abv stated in two vertical lines

Oval label; 70cl stated 70cl, with a paper duty seal  700ml stated  750ml stated  1 Litre stated

700ml stated (ABV in capitals); from 2015 on New style 2015; 40% alc. and 750 ml stated (ABV in small letters)  No content or alcohol percentage stated; 70cl 1 Litre stated

3. C de Courvoisier

      

In 2012 Courvoisir brought the ‘C’. The second bottle has its content and alcohol percentage stated. The third bottle has frosted glass, a different styled embleme with Napoléon on the shoulder and the text ‘cognac’ is positioned directly under ‘Courvoisier’.

4. Le Petit Caporal

Le Petit Caporal is stated on the neck label.  The label says: Le brandy de Napoleon'; (1960s)  Same as previous one, but with a paper seal on top  Same as previous two bottles, but without the 40% stated below on the left  The label says: Le Petit Caporal.  A paper shoulder label, saying: Le Petit Caporal.

5. VO, VVO and VSOP

5a VO and VVO

  VO, by appointment to the late King George V  40 years old VVO, by appointment to the late King George V  VO, by appointment purveyors of cognac brandy to the late King George VI  VO, by appointment purveyors of cognac brandy to the late King George VI; Oud, Duttch import

5b VSOP, no further specification, old types

    75cl stated; Italian import (Cedal); text underneath in black letters  Like previous bottle, but different cap (screw cap)  Text in red underneath and with a paper seal on top. Gradi 40%; anidri (not readable); Italian import (Ferraretto)  Two lines of text in black underneath; Content not stated (magnum?); 40% abv stated  Very much like previous one, but different cap (screw cap); said to be 70cl on auction  80% Proof and Product of France stated   Very much like previous ones, but different capsule  Very much like previous one, but yellow label  No percentage stated and different capsule  With 40% in lower left corner (1950s)   Different text underneath  Different text underneath and with a ticker on the neck with foreign characters   'Duty Free Shop' underneath DFS Venezia stated VSOP Courvoisier on the shoulder is very different 1 Quart; 0,945L stated (1970s) 1 Quart; 1 US Quart stated (1970s)  With Napoleon on neck emblem

One old type bottle, followed by Josephine bottles. All labels say ‘The Brandy of Napoléon’ and all (but the last one) have the same round label with ‘by appointment purveyors of cognac brandy to the late King George VI’ on it. The differences are mainly in the colour of the label and the different texts in the rectangle at the bottom of the label.

5c VSOP, liqueur cognac

30 years old Liqueur Cognac (1950s)  Content not stated  70 PROOF and 24 FL. OZ stated  Content not stated; label is golden-yellow; additional text in black; different capsule  70 PROOF and 24 FL. OZ stated, brown label; different capsule  70 PROOF and 24 FL. OZ stated, yellow label  24 1/2 FL OZ PRODUCE OF FRANCE 700 ml stated; label is golden-yellow FOR US FORCES ONLY stated

5d VSOP fine champagne cognac, older types
Fine champagne cognac, just a blob seal on the shoulder (no emblem):

750ml stated 0,70L stated With 680ml stated; Liqueur Cognac 700ml stated; with Produce of France underneath  750ml stated; with Produce of France underneath With 680ml stated; Liqueur Cognac. Label has a much lighter colour  e 0,70L stated; underneath: Cointreau France Distribution with address e 0,70L stated; underneath: Importeur: Schneider - Import, Bingen am Rhein  Different text underneath   c70e stated; Italian import (Spirit, Genova)  Different lining around label: two lines in stead of three; the medals are replaced with laurels.    1L bottle; stated is '1 Litre'; brownish label  1L bottle; stated is 'e 1 Litre'; more yellow label 1 Litre. Does not say 40% Vol on the lower left. 1 Litre. Does not say 40% Vol on the lower left. Brownish label.  Duty Free Stocks, 70cl; content not stated but stated on auction. 1L (stated in small print below HKDNP.)   1Litre (stated), Duty Free Stocks (1980s)  1 imperial quart (1.136 liter)

Fine champagne cognac, a blob seal on the shoulder and an emblem of the imperial coat of arms:

 Liqueur Cognac stated, 680ml stated (said to be1980s)  Liqueur cognac, 680ml stated and 40%vol  24 fl oz, 680ml stated and Liqueur Cognac   Different text underneath (Italian import, Cedal); 70ctl stated  40%Vol stated to the left and '0,70l' to the right; one line of text (address) between these two   40%Vol stated to the left and 'e 0,70l' to the right; one line of text (address)  40VOL% stated and 0,70L with an address line in between (1980s)  On the right it says 'e0,70l'; no text to the left of the content  Produce of France 700ml stated  70cl with Französisches Erzeugnis underneath (1980s)    70cl, with HKDNP stated (1980s)    1L bottle

First two have ‘Liqueur Cognac’ on the label. The others have not and differ from the text on lower part of the label. Last one is a 1 Liter.

Fine champagne cognac, a blob seal and an emblem with the silhouette of Napoléon:

70cl stated below in the middle  70cl stated on the right side  almost the same as previous one, but with brighter and sharper letters on the shoulder  No content stated  Produce of France 700ml stated  70cl stated; Cedal import  4/5 Quart, Taylor import  70cl, Französisches Erzeugnis; Charles Hosie import  24 fl oz. 680ml 70 proof, Liqueur cognac   24 FL OZ. 680ml 70 PROOF (capitals!); Liqueur cognac  HKDNP stated in the top left; imported by Gibb, Livinston & Co, Hong Kong; 70cl screw cap (1970s)  Special bottled for Singapore Airlines    with a sticker: specially packaged for Singapore Airlines

Fine champagne cognac, only an emblem of the Imperial coat of arms (no blob):

1 Quart and 0.945L stated

Fine champagne cognac, only an emblem with the silhouette of Napoléon (no blob):
73ctl stated; note the different text: 'Fine champagne VSOP' on the label and the text left and right of the emblem. Cedal import (Italia)  1 quart (stated on the shoulder)  1Litre, stated below
Fine champagne cognac, with an emblem of the royal coat of arms:

70cl (stated at auction); 1960s  75cl (not stated)  42% stated on the left below (click to see detail); 1960s  With 70 proof stated on both sides of the text underneath Italian import, Ferraretto, 75cl (1960-70s)  Italian import, Ferraretto, 75cl; with an US Navy Mess sticker  Dutch import (Wed. G. Oud Pzn & Co, Haarlem); (said to be 70cl at auction)  With Französisches Erzeugnis stated; said to be 70cl (1960s)  Gibb. Livingston & Co., import for Hong Kong  1 US Quart  1L.  Brand liquor cognac on neck  Brand liquor cognac on neck; with a paper seal on top. 4/5 Quart.

With fine champagne on the shoulder and Liqueur Cognac on the label in greenish letters

Fine champagne cognac, others:

 'The Brandy of Napoleon' is in red lettering. Content not stataed (70 or 75cl); could be that the neck label has fallen off. Empty blob and below on the neck a band with text: fine champagne cognac; below some import information  70cl With a more modern emblem of Napoleon  Same as previous bottle, but with a paper duty seal  70cl With a more modern emblem of Napoleon; Italian import; with a paper seal on top 700ml stated; 'Produce of France' underneath 750ml stated; 'Produce of France' underneath  With a more modern emblem of Napoleon (1L)  With a more modern emblem of Napoleon (1L); label less golden.  Same as previous but with a sticker stating: 'Duty Free Suppliers LUQA Airport' (Malta import)  Clear glass  Content not stated; probably around 70cl; on the back: Réservé a l'exportation

5e VSOP, fine champagne cognac, newer types

70cl (not stated); 1960s

No VSOP on the shoulder.  Almost same as previous bottle but the border around the label and the cap have a different, more yellow, colour  VSOP on the shoulder; content (e 70cl) and ABV in larger print.   More yellow label and text (70cl)  VSOP on the shoulder; content (e 700ml) and ABV in larger print.  Same as previous bottle but with a paper duty seal.  VSOP on the shoulder is sharper; content and ABV reversed.  1L bottle  different cap and 'VSOP Fine Champagne' on the shoulder; 70cl different cap and 'VSOP Fine Champagne' on the shoulder; 1L

5f VSOP fine cognac

 70cl; text on label: first line: cognac; second line VSOP and third line Fine Cognac  70cl; text on label: first line: VSOP; second line Fine Cognac; VSOP in bigger letters  700ml stated  750ml stated  1 Litre

5g VSOP, no further specification, new types

  70cl (stated on the back)  750ml stated 

6. Napoleon

6a Napoleon, no further specification, with Royal coat of arms on neck label:

Without the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers'. No content or alcohol percentage stated; no text underneath.   40% stated and 0,70L  Without the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers'. 73ctl stated; Italian import (Cedal SPA).  Without the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers'. No content or alcohol percentage stated; no text underneath; the name Courvoisier is in a different type font.  Without the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers'. No content stated; 40% on the lower left; Duty Free Stock underneath  With the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers'. 40% stated underneath; 40% printed in the middle below  With the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers'. 40% stated underneath; with a paper duty seal and 40% printed in the middle below   With the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers'. 40% stated underneath; different placing and lettertype of the name Courvoisier (Courvoisier is written less wide)  With the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers'. No blob on the shoulder. 40% stated underneath; different capsule 40% and 0,7L stated  With the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers'. No text underneath; 'duty free' printed on the label  Different text underneath; importer in the Virgin Islands  Different importer (Italian)  Different importer, Italian. With the text 'Reservé a la Vallée d'Aoste'. 73cl stated. (1970s)  terdaftar pada panitia hygiene makanan (Indonesia)  1 quart stated on the shoulder and 0,945L below (ca 1979-1981)

6b Napoleon, no further specification, with Imperial coat of arms on neck label:

0,70L stated; with 'Le Cognac de Napoleon' in small print below the signature in French (1970s) 40%Vol and 0,70l stated underneath (1980s); in small print: 'the brandy of Napoléon' in English.  ABV not stated No content or ABV stated and no address line underneath. The line below the round stamp is longer: 'Courvoisier LTD 16200 France' 40%Vol and 0,70l stated underneath (1980s); the address line sits a little bit higher.  40% (without 'vol') and 0,70l stated underneath (1980s)  'e0,70l' stated  700ml NET and ALC 40% by vol stated (1970s)  Korea National Tourism Corporation - Duty Free Airport Sales  1 Liter bottle.

6c Napoleon, liqueur cognac

The emblem of the eagle is completely inside the red framework of the main label; no content or abv stated  With content and abv stated  Only difference with previous bottle is the colour of the capsule (1970s)  680ml, Courvoisier in gold letters on the glass, the emblem of the eagle interrupts the red framework of the main label; imperial coat of arms on neck label  24 fl.oz. and 680ml stated, the emblem of the eagle interrupts the red framework of the main label; imperial coat of arms on neck label  680ml and 70 proof reversed  Content and abv stated differently: 70 Proof left and 24 FL.OZ right (1960s)  Content and abv stated differently: 24 FL.OZ left, 680ml in the middle and 24 fl.oz (small letters) left  With 24 FL OZ on the bottom left and Produce of France on the right 73 cl stated

6d Napoleon, fine champagne cognac, old types
6d1. high bottles

 ‘Fournisseur Breveté de S.M. l’Empereur' and on bottom of label text left and right (left: appellation controlee)  ‘Fournisseur Breveté de S.M. l’Empereur' and on bottom of label text only on the right  ‘Fournisseur Breveté de S.M. l’Empereur' and on bottom of label: 40%  72cl stated at the bottom of the label (1950s)  'Fournisseur Breveté des Cours Etrangiers'

6d2. Josephine bottles; the eagle is inside the  frame of  the label

Two lines of text underneath the framework; no neck label (fallen off?) and no capsule; Italian import  75ctl, Italian import for Ferraretto  Gold coloured capsule; no text underneath  40% underneath  Same as previous but with a black capsule (1950s)  72 ctl stated  70 proof stated below left; clearly coloured golden eagle and clear letters  70 proof stated below left; eagle and letters are more hazy  Duty Free Shop; content not stated (said to be 750ml on auction)

6d3. Josephine bottles; the eagle interrupts the  frame of  the label:

73cl Ferraretto import; light coloured label with hazy letters  73cl, Ferraretto import; more yellow label and letters are less hazy  73cl, Ferraretto import; on back: federal law forbids the re-use of this bottle.  more yellow label and letters are more clear   NB (Napoleon Bonaparte) on the label; missing the text 'Fournisseur bréveté des Cours Étrangiers' and has 'Courvoisier' written instead of 'Napoléon'; not explicitly stating that it is in fact a napoléon cognac

6e. Napoleon, fine champagne cognac, newer types

40%vol on the left side and 70cl on the right  70cl stated, more yellow label  40%vol on the left side and e70cl on the right; ribbon has red in it  40%vol on the left side and e70cl on the right; different colour ribbon and label  750ml stated on the left side and 40%alc/vol on the right  0,70L stated on the right side and 40%vol on the left; Portugese import  Different text underneath With Asian characters underneath  No text underneath; 70cl stated on back-side  1L bottle

The above series all have a ribbon and ‘fine champagne cognac’ written on the capsule.

Fine champagne stated; 70cl stated on back-side  Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top; 70cl (stated on backside); 1980s.   Fine champagne stated; sticker with Asian text on neck  Different emblem in the blob  Same, but with a paper top seal  'Fine Champagne Old Liqueur Cognac' stated; 70cl   different embleme; 'Fine Champagne Old Liqueur Cognac' stated  Fifferent shape of the label

The above series has no ribbon.

7. XO and XO Impérial

7a XO, drop shaped labels

(front and back look alike, both have brown labels. The front bears a signature, the back  states the content and ABV).

With signature; content 70cl stated on back-side (click to see it)  40%Vol and 0,70L stated on back-side (different back-side)  0,70L and 40% G.L. stated on the back (1980s) Spanish import (J. Abascal, Madrid)  700ml; different back-side (click to see it)    70cl stated at the bottom; click to see bottom and back-side (USDF bottle)  70cl, not stated but said at auction; USDF bottle with different back-side (click to see)  70cl, with a paper seal on top (70cl stated on back-side)  70cl, with a paper seal on top (70cl stated on back-side, along with a tidyman symbol); 1980s  Underneath: idrato 70cl, anidro 28", 40%Vol (back-side)   40%Vol and 0,70L stated; Portoguese import (click to see back-side)  700ml stated 700ml stated in white letters; text above it is different  70cl; Asian import (click to see back-side) 70cl bottle, Asian import (click to see backside, no emblem on back) 700ml, stated on the back; HKDNP; no emblem on the back HKDNP (70cl) (front not shown, just back-side)) 1L, stated on back

Newer type of label  Different typeface
7b XO, newer labels

 70cl, stated on the back  750ml stated   700ml stated  70cl Kosher XO; click to see box.  70cl stated on the back (The Toast of Paris, 2015) 

7c XO Impérial, older labels
7c1. Emblem of Napoléon directly above Courvoisier

The background of the purple-brown label has little figures of bees on it  70cl, Swiss import for Bols - Cynar S.A.  The background of the brown label is plain; 70cl stated on back-side (1990-2000s)  Same as previous bottle but with a different back-side (click to see it)  Same as previous, but with yet another back-side  Singapore Duty Not Paid 700ml, new cellophane wrap with engraced security code (see back) 700ml Duty Free Sales Only, stated on back (1990s)

7c2. Emblem of Napoléon on top of the label

With the silhouette of Napoleon; 750ml stated  Same as previous, but less tight typeface; 750ml stated (USA import)  Less text lines below XO Imperial; 70cl (stated on back-side)   70cl; the back is a little different (click to see)   Same as previous, but tighter typeface.

7d XO Impérial, newer labels

XO Imperial 70cl  70cl, different back (click to see)  70cl, different back side  Used for the Vivienne Westwood edition (which has 'V.W' and a number on the back side and comes with a Starsky & Hutch style cardigan.) (difference not obvious to see on a picture); 2005, has been on sale only at Harvey Nichols stores.   70cl, 'appellation cognac controlé is printed below 'le cognac de Napoleon'   70cl, three lines of text below 'cognac'  700ml stated  750ml, one line of text below 'cognac'  750ml, stated in a straight line

8. Extra Vieille

8a. high bottle

75cl (1960s)

8b Extra Vieille with neck label of the royal coat of arms

No text lines underneath  With 40% printed; content not stated  Content and ABV stated  Content stated in fl.oz and with the Courvoisier address underneath  24 flozs and 70 Proof stated   Several text lines underneath; imported by Galla Cedal, Milano  73cl; imported by Ferraretto  Jamaica import by Bryden & Evelyn LTD

8c Extra Vieille Grand Fine Champagne, with neck label of the royal coat of arms

    73cl stated, Italian import for Ferraretto (1960s)

First two have no text lines underneath, the second one has an extra sign (or maybe 40%) on the low left side. The third bottle has three lines of text underneath.

8d Extra Vieille with neck label of the Napoleon silhouette

 Black capsule, 070L stated  Brown capsule, 070L stated  Different line of text underneath  More text lines underneath   Different text lines, 70ctl stated  e70ctl stated (1970s)   Underneath: Contents 700ml  750ml stated; with 'Produce of France' underneath  Französisches Erzeugnis

e70cl stated on the lower right; Napoleon in the shoulder blob

9. Initiale and Initiale Extra

  Initiale; 70cl stated on back-side  Initiale Extra; old emblem of Napoleon  70cl Initiale Extra, old emblem. The two text lines below 'cognac' are more clear cut. On the back of the neck it says 'engraved security code' (click to see)  70cl Initiale Extra; new emblem of Napoleon; three lines of text underneath  75cl Initiale Extra; three lines of text underneath  Four lines of text underneath; 70cl  750ML stated; newer emblem of Napoleon; newer colours of emblem; five lines of text undernaeth

10. Vintages

 

1732  1758, bottled 1898 1763, bottled 1898 1789 1834 1851 1875 Liqueur Brandy  1882 Grande Champagne   1884 Fine Champagne   1884 Fine Champagne  1887, imported by Mayor, Sworder & Co, London  1908  1978; 35 years old. French: Le Cognac de Napoleon.  1978; 35 years old. English: The Cognac of Napoleon

Other vintages were made: 1798, 1812, 1824, 1848, 1865, 1868, 1875, 1914, 1927, 1940, 1962.


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Courvoisier bottle library — 2 reacties

  1. I have a bottle of Courvoisier from I believe 1897. None of your bottles looks like mine. It states 50 years old, and we believe the original stamp stated 1947, so 50 years backwards would make it 1897. It has a picture of a building on the front larger label with water and a small vessel in the water. Can you give me any information on this?

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