Croizet Bottle Catalog (last updated: Oct 30, 2019)

(213 bottles; but still more exist)

Introduction

Croizet was established by Léon Croizet in 1805 in Saint Même les Carrière.
When J. Eymard married Léonie Croizet, he brought a large stock of old cognacs into the family as his dowry.
The emblem they use on their bottles can usually be found on the main label or on a shoulder blob, sometimes in colour, but often plain. Only some exceptions, notably the ‘Bonaparte’ bottles have a different emblem with an eagle and the letter B:

 

Often the name ‘B.L. Croizet’ is stated. Benjamin Léon Croizet was a very influencial winegrower who played an important rol in the struggle against phyloxera and who recieved – besides many other medals – the medaille d’honneur.
They have made some other blends but the better qualities were almost always ‘fine champagne’, a blend of grande and petite champagne. Only in the 20th century they have switched to producing predominantly grande champagne cognacs.
When there was a ban on vintage cognacs from 1962 till 1987 – because of the many frauds that were around – Croizet was one of a few brands that was exempted from this ban. Like Hine and Delamain they too have made quite a few vintages.

Table of contents:

1. Stars and fine cognac
2. Bonaparte
3. VS
4. VSOP
5. VSVP
6. Napoléon
7. XO
8. Extra
9. Age Inconnu
10. X years old
11. Vintages
12. Limited editions and specials
13. Decanters
14. Porcelain, canons and barrels
15. Magnums

1. Stars and fine cognac

3 stars:

With cognac Croizet stated on the capsule With 40° stated (1950s) With 0,70l stated on the lower lef Italian import, G.&L. Fratelli Cora, Torino; 750cc stated

Fine cognac without three stars:

0,70l and 40° stated, fine cognac (no stars stated) 0,70l and 40%vol stated, fine cognac (no stars stated) High 'D' stated on the lower left (1960s) High 'D' stated on the lower left (1960s), with a paper duty seal on top

750cc stated, Italian import, G.&L. Fratelli Cora, Torino (1960-70s)

2. Bonaparte

Bonaparte in a cognaçaise Bonaparte in a Noramande (est before WW-II) 24 FL.OZ. stated

0.70l and 40° stated 0.70L and 40° stated 40° stated, content not stated (est 1950-60s) 40° stated, content not stated, different cap No ABV and no content stated; the blob on the shoulder is empty (probably fallen off) 40° stated on the right; Swiss import by Ernest Favre, Geneve. 40° stated on the right side; Französisches Erzeugnis 40 ans d'age (by some estimated 1920's, I think 1960s))

3. VS

VS (2019, for European market)

70cl VS cognac 700ml VS cognac 70cl VS grande champagne

VS cognac VS very special VS, appellation cognac controlée VS fine cognac (2019, for EU and Asian markets) 750ml Very special (2019, for US market)

4. VSOP

Old cognaçaise bottle Rhôdanienne (Rhône) type bottle

‘dumpy’ bottles (1960-70s):

Blob with wax emblem; 40° stated; with a paper duty seal Blob with wax emblem; 40° stated Paper emblem in the blob; 40%vol stated on the left and 70cl on the right; Französisches Erzeugnis Paper emblem in the blob; 0,70l stated on the left and 40%vol on the right; different cap Paper emblem in the blob; 0.70L stated on the left and 40° on the right Paper emblem in the blob; 0.70L and 40° on the right Asian import, 700ml stated on the back VSOP in the blob; 70Proof stated (1969) Different emblem in blob (paper?); 0,70l left and 40%vol right Different emblem in blob; 0,70l left and 40%vol right; Asian sticker

Grande reserve:

VSOP grande reserve aquavite di vino With a paper duty seal on top VSOP grande reserve brandy with a paper duty seal and importer data underneath VSOP grande reserve brandy with a paper duty seal and importer data underneath and additional text on the capsule

Normande bottles:

Italian import for Fratelli Cora, Torino; with aquavite di vino stated 750cc, Italian import for Fratelli Cora, Torino; with aquavite di vino stated lower, were the importer data are 750cc, Italian import for Fratelli Cora, Torino; with aquavite di vino "cognac" stated lower, were the importer data are

Modern cognaçaise:

70cl With a paper duty seal

Carafe:

750ML and 40%ALC/VOL stated70cl and 40%vol stated

Carafe with white rectangular label:

70cl and 40%Vol stated and a signature below the label 750ml and 40%ALC/VOL stated and no signature below the label (USA and Asian market) On the neck is an emblem; 700ml and 40%ALC/VOL stated and a signature on the label itself

Carafe with white rectangular label, VSOP GOLD:

70cl and 40%Vol stated and a signature below the label 70cl and 40%Vol stated and GOLD also stated on the label; no signature 700ml and 40%Vol stated and GOLD also stated on the label; no signature

Carefe with white trapezoidal labels:

70cl, red and white neck 35cl, neck is red

Carafe with yellow and silver crossed stripes:

Grande champagne, red neck For EU market, grande champagne, 700ml stated on the box

Flask:

35cl VSOP

5. VSVP

15 years old VSVP, 4/5 quart; Ficker Linz New York VSVS, 4/5 quart; Fromm & Sichel, New York VSVP, 4/5 quart; Metropolitan Liquor, Milwaukee (1970s)

6. Napoleon

6a. dumpy bottles:

Red and white capsule, Croizet in a separate square; emblem in wax Red and white capsule; paper emblem Red and white capsule; Asian import Napoleon on the shoulder; copper coloured capsule; 70cl and 40° stated 70cl and 40°; Croizet not in a separate square 70cl and 40°; Hong Kong import (see back side)  Napoleon with vsop stated on the label; 40° stated 40%vol stated on the left and and 70cl on the right; with a back label 70cl stated on the left and 40%vol on the right; with a stamp 70cl stated differently; 40%vol. stated 70cl stated differently; 40%vol. stated and an Asian sticker on the neck and on the back 40%vol stated on the left and and 70cl on the right, both a bit higher; newer type of capsule; without a back label 70cl stated on the left and 40%vol on the right; newer type of capsule

6b. Carafes:

6c. Other:

35cl Asian import

7. XO

70cl XO Réserve

70cl XO Age Inconnu XO Age Inconnu, no content or ABV stated 70cl XO Héritage

70cl XO, directly below XO it says: appellation cognac controlée 70cl XO, directly below XO it says: cognac grande champagne 70cl XO, round label, modern stopper 70cl XO, glod coloured neck (Asian and US bottle)  70cl XO, different neck; European bottle same as previous but back side is different same as previous but back side is different

70cl XO Gold 70cl XO Golden Collection 70cl XO Golden collection in gold bottle (Asian import) 750ml XO Golden Collection in golden bottle

8. Extra

70cl Extra 70cl Extra with a paper duty seal 70cl Extra without paper label 70cl Extra, with adornment on in the neck (Asian and European market)

9. Age Inconnu

Age Inconnu with a paper label

Age Inconnu, no back label, no content or ABV stated No text With 40° stated and with a back label: Französisches Erzeugnis 750cc stated, Italian import 40%vol. stated; on the back: 70cl, 40%vol; import for Le Classique (Private) LTD, Singapore 700ml stated, Asian import XO in the shoulder blob; 40%vol stated and a number 40%vol stated, no number, with a back label 40%vol stated, no number and the text left below is left off; 70cl stated on the back, Singapore import 40%vol stated and a number, with a sticker on the back: Französisches Erzeugnis

10. x Years old

20 years old grande fine champagne 50 ans 50 ans with filigrane 50 ans with filigrane and paper duty seal

 

11. Vintages

Fine champagne, récolte 1800 Rérve Royale 1811 (grande fine cuvée?) Fine champagne, récolte 1830 bottled 1930s (est.) Fine champagne, récolte 1830, with produce of France stated; bottled 1930s (est.) 1842, terroir not stated Fine champagne, récolte 1865 bottled 1930s (est.) Cognac fine champagne, récolte 1875 bottled 1930s (est.) 1875 cognac fine champagne 1875, bottled 1954  1875 grande fine champagne, Chateau de Flaville 1875 cognac fine champagne, Chateau de Flaville, cognaçaise 1875 grande fine champagne, Reserve Royale 1894 Réserve Royale, dumpy bottle 1894 Réserve Royale, dumpy bottle, newer 1906 fine champagne cognac, dumpy bottle (est. 1950-60s) 1906 fine champagne cognac 1914 fine champagne cognac 1914 fine champagne cognac; shoulder blob without golden line 1914 grande reserve vintage cognac, tapered bottle 1914 grande reserve vintage cognac, tapered bottle; with 70° Proof and 'not less than 24 FL.OZ' stated (est. 1950s) Without a shoulder blob 1914 fine champagne cognac; dumpy bottle 1928 fine champagne cognac Much more letters with a green colour 1928 grande reserve vintage cognac, tapered bottle 1928 grande reserve vintage cognac, tapered bottle; with 70° Proof and 'not less than 24 FL.OZ' stated (est. 1960s) With a shoulder blob

1935 vintage; 1805-2005 bicentenaire 1940 vintage; 1805-2005 bicentenaire 1942 vintage; 1805-2005 bicentenaire 1947 vintage; 1805-2005 bicentenaire

1936 Borderies, bottled in 1997 1938 fins bois 1944 petite champagne 1951 1961 With an Asian sticker on the neck and on the back 1963 grande champagne, with a date of bottling on the right below 1963 grande champagne, without a date of bottling stated 1967 1970 single vintage 1970 single vintage, split up label 1972 single vintage 1973 single vintage 1975 single vintage 1978 single vintage 1980 single vintage 1984 single vintage 1985 single vintage 1988 single vintage

12. Limited editions and specials

Grande fine champagne

Chateau de Flaville, dumpy bottle (1950s) Chateau de Flaville, normande bottle (1950s) Chateau de Flaville, normande bottle with a paper duty seal on top (1950s)

Cuvée 1889 Cuvée 1889 with a duty medal Cuvée 989 Cuvée Langham London; made for the London restaurant Cuvée Légion d'Honneur 1883 Cuvée Léonie, 1858 vintage

Réserve Royale Réserve de l'Esquinade, 47° grande fine champagne

Réserve des Héritiers Croizet, dumpy bottle (est. 1930s) Réserve des Héritiers Croizet 0.7L Réserve des Héritiers Croizet 0.7L, more colour in the blob Réserve des Héritiers Croizet 0.7L, newer blob

Black Legend, no content or abv stated (70cl) Blacl Legend, 700ml and 40%alc/vol stated Blacl Legend, 750ml and 40%alc/vol stated

13. Decanters

Fine champagne decanter Fine champagne decanter with a paper duty seal Vintage 1860 bottled 1997 (no neck label with Reserve Particuliere) Réserve Pariculiere, vintage 1860 bottled 1998 1894 Vintage, stated on the label and on the box Same decanter, no box present; US import; probably 1894 vintage was stated on the box

Réserve Particulière Réserve Particulière, no paper label Réserve Particilière on a foot; cognac fine champagne Réserve Particulière on a foot, with a capsule Réserve Particulière; with a capsule Réserve Particulière; different stopper and with a paper duty seal

14. Porcelain, canons and barrels

700ml Napoléon, blue porcelain 700ml Napoléon, white porcelain Napoleon (1970s) Napoleon, better colours, higher pedestal

Canon, napoleon Napoléon barrel, ca. 70cl Different barrel

 

15. Magnums

Bonaparte, cognac fine champagne; big bottle (content not stated) 1.5L Bonaparte, cognac fine champagne 4.5L VSOP (1950s) 3L VSOP fine champagne 150cl modern vsop

3L 1848 vintage 2.5L 1906 vintage 2.25L ( Marie-Jeanne) 1906 vintage (1950s) 1.5L 1906 vintage 3L (maybe only 2.5L) 1914 vintage (1960s) 1.5L 1914 (1960s)

VSOP in cradle (70cl?) 3L VSOP in cradle Napoleon in cradle (content not stated)


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