Delamain Bottle Catalog (last updated: Nov 13, 2018)

(293 regular bottles and 118 miniatures, but still not complete)

Introduction

Delamain was established in 1824 as Roullet & Delamain, although they were in the cognac business before, when James Delamain and Isaac Ranson (James’s farther-in-law) started a cognac company under the name of Ranson & Delamain in 1763. Isaac Ranson’s family was in the cognac trade even from 1725 on. But the Ranson & Delamain firm went bankrupt in 1817 and the family started anew seven years later.
Delamain is well-known for only making grande champagne cognacs of XO quality or better (however, there have been a few exceptions) and also for their vintage cognacs. They were one of only a few firms who always held the right to produce vintage cognacs, even when this was forbidden for all other firms from 1962 untill 1987.  

Contents:


1. Pale & Dry
2. Vesper
3. Très Vieux Cognac (predecessor of the Très Vénérable)
4. Très Vénérable Cognac
5. Extra
6. Réserve de la Famille
7. Vintages
– 7a. before 1900
– 7b. 1900 until 1940
– 7c. 1945 until 1969
– 7d. 1970 until 1979
– 7e. 1980 until now
8. Exceptions
– 8a. three stars and other young cognacs
– 8b. Liquid Gold (VSOP)
– 8c. Napoléon (Aigle Impériale)
– 8d. Fine Champagne cognacs
– 8e. Vintage exceptions (petite champagne)
9. Limited Editions
10. Baccarat and other decanters
11. Magnums
12. Miniatures (up to 5cl)
– 12a. Three Star miniatures
– 12b. Finalo Special
– 12c. Selection
– 12d. VSOP Liquid Gold and Fine Cognac ´E.D´
– 12e. Pale & Dry
– 12f. Napoléon
– 12g. Vesper
– 12h. Tres Vieux and Vineyard collection
– 12i. Extra
– 12j. Tres Vénérable
– 12k. Réserve de la Famille
13. Miniatures >5cl and sets
14. Extravaganza

1. Pale & Dry

The Pale & Dry used to be called Très Vieille or Très Belle Grande Champagne. To make it clear to the public these bottles were aged quite a while – on average 25 years – , they added the XO a few years ago and dropped the Très Belle Grande Champagne. The colour of the bottles changed also, from green to clear.

Pale & Dry, Très Belle Grande Champagne:
a. Delamain & Co. printed (some have Roullet & Delamain stated underneath):

Pale & Dry. Delamain & Co. and underneath: Roullet & Delamain. Très Vieille Grande Champagne (instead of Très Belle). Roullet & Delamain.  Pale & Dry. Delamain & Co. and underneath: Roullet & Delamain. Très Belle Grande Champagne (instead of Très Vieille); 70cl, 1950s  Delamain & Co. and underneath: Roullet & Delamain. Très Belle Grande Champagne. Roullet & Delamain. Different capsule.  Delamain & Co. and underneath: Roullet & Delamain. Très Belle Grande Champagne. Roullet & Delamain; with a paper duty seal, Italian import D&C Bologna (said on auction to be 70cl); 1960s  Pale & Dry. Delamain & Co. Très Vieille Grande Champagne (instead of Très Belle). Same as previous, but without the philigrain

b. Delamain printed wide (Delamain starting under ‘O’ of cognac and ends under ‘R’ of dry:

Left 70 Proof, right 70.5 24 FL OZ.  Left below: 70 proof; right below: 'not less than 24 FL OZS' (1970s)   To the left 40% vol, to the right 700ml. To the left 40% vol, to the right 700ml and cotisation mark left of Delamain.  40%Vol on the left and 70cl on the right; 1970s. On the back it says: Französisches Erzeugnis. 40%Vol on the left and 70cl on the right; paper seal on top. No gold filigrane (I have seen more without it!). Italian import (info on back), 1960s 40%Vol on the left and 70cl on the right; paper seal on top. 1970s Left 70cl, right 40%. Left 0.7L, right 40%. Left 70cl and right 80 Proof. Made for Julius Wile and sons, importer. Text underneath: distilled and bottled in Cognac France. Left 700ml and right 80 Proof. Made for Julius Wile and sons, importer, printed in red. Text underneath: distilled and bottled in Cognac France.

c. Delamain printed smaller (Delamain starting under ‘G’ of cognac and ends under ‘D’ of dry:

 

70CL and 24 FL.OZS stated  40%Vol on the left and 700ml on the right  40% Vol. left and 700ml right. Cotisation mark in upper left. No filigree.  40% Vol. left and 700ml right. Cotisation mark to the left of Delamain. No filigree  40% Vol. left and 700ml right. Content and ABV are printed in larger letters  Same as previous, but with a paper duty seal on top  750ml stated on the left and 40% by vol on the right  This bottle already has 'XO' stated : Grand XO (1990s)

Pale & Dry, XO:

With 'Délicate et legère'. 40% left, 700ml right. Little detail: it says 'du' cognac.   Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top  With 'Délicate et legère'. 700ml left, Alc. 40% by vol. right. Little detail: it says 'du' cognac.  With 'Délicate et legère'. 750ml left, Alc. 40% by vol. right. Little detail: it says 'du' cognac.   With 'Délicate et legère'. 700ml left, Alc. 40% by vol. right. Little detail: now it has 'de' cognac written.   The addition Délicate et legère' is left off. Alc. 40% by vol. left and 700ml on the right.  The addition Délicate et legère' is left off. Alc. 40% alc./vol. left and 700ml on the right. 'Product of France' and also 'Produit de France' stated  This is a 1 Liter bottle.

 

2. Vesper

Vesper old type labels, fine (!) champagne

40% written on the lower right  40% written on the lower right; text underneath 40% is placed more to the right  40% Vol on lower left; 70cl on right  70 CL standing direct under the D of Delamain   70 CL on lower left and 40% on right side

Vesper old type labels, grande champagne

700ml on the lower left; 40% vol on the lower right  700ml on the lower left; 40% Vol (capital V) on the lower right;with a paper duty seal and without the filigrain  700ml on the lower left and 40% Vol (capital V) on the lower right are printed closer to 'Delamain' 'Vesper'starts befor the 'L' of Delamain; also a paper seal on top.  70 Proof on lower right   Newer label  Same as previous, but with a paper seal on top

Vesper new type labels

 

Label orange with Delamain in brown-golden space  Label brown-orange with Delamain in brown-golden space; 750ml  Label light-brown with Delamain in brown space; 700ml  Label orange-brown with Delamain in pinkish space; 700ml  Label orange-brown with Delamain in golden-yellow space  Label orange with Delamain in golden space; 70cl  Label golden-brown with Delamain in golden space  Label orange-brown with Delamain in golden space; 70cl  Label orange-brown with Delamain in yellow space; 70cl  XO, different label.

3. Très Vieux Cognac (predecessor of the Très Vénérable)

  Left is written 70cl and right 40% Vol.  Same as previous, but with a paper duty seal on top.  Left is written 70cl and right 40%; Text placed further away from left and right edges.   Left is written 70cl and right 40%; Text placed further away from left and right edges. Cap and label more golden; with a duty seal on top.  Left: 700ml  Same as previous bottle, but with a paper duty seal  Left 70ml, with a cotisation mark  

4. Très Vénérable Cognac

700ml and 40% on right side of embleme; all text and adornment in red-brown colour  700ml and 40% on right side of embleme; all text and adornment in black and grey colours (except 'Delamain' and part of emblem)  700ml and 40% on right side of embleme; with a cotisation mark  700ml on the left and 40% on the right  750ML and 80Proof stated on the right   700ml on the left and 40% on the right; different colour of the capsule same, but with a paper seal on top.  Much darker capsule; alcohol percentage not stated (700ml)

5. Extra

750ml Extra, grande champagne  It says: 'Appellation Grande Champagne Controlé'; 700ml stated on the back  700ml with a paper duty seal; slightly different back (after 2006)  It says: 'Premier Cru du Cognac' Also 'Premier Cru du Cognac' but with small differences in the blue drawing; see the curves in the tails

6. Réserve de la Famille

Gold coloured cap  Silver coloured cap with a paper seal  70cl stated, with a red wax cap  Grande champagne de Cognac is now printed on one line; waxed cap with a paper seal; white label (70cl)  Waxed cap with a paper seal; yellow label  Waxed cap; no paper seal  Additional text below the bottle number.  With a cotisation mark on the right below  same but without text on the bottom of the label under the bottle number.  Label reads: 'Rare Unblended Grande Champagne Cognac'. Waxed; 750ml 86 proof stated (around 1980s).  Label reads: 'Rare Unblended Grande Champagne Cognac'. Waxed with an additional sticker (BWC). 750ml (around 1980s) stated.  New type label; under the embleme it says: "Très vieux Cognac issu d'un seul fût de chène indivuellement réserve à la famille Delamain"  New type label; under the embleme it says: "ce très vieux Cognac non assemblé est issu d'un seul fût de chène"  New type label; under the embleme it says: "This very old unblended Grande Champagne Cognac comes from a single cask"  New type label but without any text underneath the embleme on the label.

7. Vintages

7a. Before 1900

1762 Ranson & Delamain; bottled 1907 and recorked in 1951 (genuine??) 1840 Roullet & Delamain  1845 Roullet & Delamain 1845; yellow wax 1858 1865 Roullet & Delamain  1868 Roullet & Delamain  1869 Roullet & Delamain  1875 Delamain & Co.; with 70 proof stated  1875 Delamain & Co.; with 40% stated  1885 Cockburn & Co (Leith), Edinburgh; unmistakenly a Delamain label   1893 Delamain & Co.  1893 Delamain & Co. With 40% on bottom right.  1893 Delamain & Co. with 70 Proof on bottom right.  1893, same as previous bottle, but without the filligrain  1899 Delamain & Co.

7b. 1900-1940

1900 Cocburn & Co. Liqueur Brandy; clearly produced by Delamain  1906 Delamain & Co (Roullet & Delamain). With shoulder blob, no neck label  1906. With Jarnac-Cognac underneath. Delamain & Co. (Roullet & Delamain)   1906, same as previous, but with filligraine 1906 Delamain for Harvey & Sons.  1914 Cocburn & Co. Liqueur Brandy; clearly produced by Delamain  1914  11914; this bottle is clearly in a better condition than previous one, but there is also a difference: no text underneath 'Produce of France' in the lower left corner  1914, Delamain & Co.  1920 GC Delamain & Co. (Roullet & Delamain)  1920 Fine Champagne; with some text below 'Produce of France' in the lower left  1920 Fine Champagne; a number in the lower left (in stead of Produce of France); additional text in red left and right of the year  1920 Fine Champagne; with a number on the lower left and ABV on the lower right, both in red  1922 Delamain & Co. (Roullet & Delamain)  1922 Delamain & Co. (Roullet & Delamain); with a number left below (0220) and with lilies on the cap and with filligraine  1922 Delamain & Co. (Roullet & Delamain); with a number left below and with lilies on the cap   1922 Delamain & Co. (Roullet & Delamain) for James Hawker.  1930 Delamain & Co. (Roullet & Delamain)  1935 Delamain & Co.  1935 (est. to be bottled in the 1980s)  1940 Delamain & Co. with 40% on bottom left.  1940, same as previous but without filigrane  1940 Delamain & Co. with 40% Vol. on bottom left.  1940 Delamain & Co. with 40% Vol. on bottom left but without filigrane.  1940 Delamain & Co.

7c. 1945-1969

1947 (landed 1950, bottled 1963) by De Tassigny & Gauthier Ltd 1947 Delamain  1950 Delamain & Co. (Bottled 1978)  1950, 700ml stated   1950. Without 70cl and 40% stated.  750ml stated  1959, 700ml stated  1960 Delamain.  1960 Delamain. Different label.   1960 Delamain. With a paper duty seal on top.  1962 Delamain  1963 Delamain.   1963 Delamain. Different label. (Bottled 2014)   1963 Delamain (bottled 2015)  1964 Delamain. (bottled?)  1964 Delamain. Different label. (Bottled ?)  700ml 1965, GC  1966 Delamain (bottled 2016)  1967 Delamain. Lignières-Sonneville (bottled 1995) for Berry Brothers.  1967 Delamain. Private Réserve.  1968, landed 1970, bottled 1988 by Avery's, Bristol  1968 Delamain. With 700ml stated on bottom left and 40% on bottom right.  1968 Delamain. Without 700ml stated on bottom left and 40% on bottom right.  1968 without a paper seal on top  1969 Delamain (bottled 1993) for London Bridge Bonded Bottlers  1969 Delamain (bottled 1996) for Justerinin & Brooks  1969 Delamain (landed 1972, bottled 1996) for Justerinin & Brooks; same as previous but more yellow in colour of label and cap?  1969 Petite Champagne (landed 1972, bottled 1993) for Justerinin & Brooks  1969 Petite Champagne (landed 1972, bottled 1993) for Justerinin & Brooks; different cap  1969 Delamain & Co. (bottled 1989) in commemoration of the French Revolution.  1969 Delamain (prob. bottled 2003)

7d. 1970 – 1979

1970 Delamain (landed 1973, bottled 1995) for Justerini & Brooks  1970 Delamain (landed 1973, bottled 1996) for Justerini & Brooks  1970 Delamain (landed 1974, bottled 1995) for Justerini & Brooks  1970 Delamain (landed 1973, bottled 1995) for London Bridge Bonded Bottlers  1970 Delamain, for Averys of Bristol 1971 Delamain (bottled 1989)  1971 (landed 1973 bottled 1994)  1971 Delamain (bottled 1996) for Justerini & Brooks  1971 Delamain (bottled 1980) for Berry Brothers  1971 (landed 1973, bottled 1996) The Wine Society  1971 Delamain; 32 years old  1972 Delamain (bottled 1995) for Eldridge Pope  1972 (landed 1974, bottled 1999) for Trapps Cellars, London   Delamain (landed 1973, bottled 1994) for Justerini & Brooks; (vintage year not given)Delamain (landed 1973, bottled 1996) for Justerini & Brooks; (vintage year not given)  1972 Delamain (bottled ?) for Justerini & Brooks  1973 Delamain (bottled 1997) for Eldridge Pope  1973 Delamain (bottled 1998) for Howells of Bristol  1973 Delamain (bottled 1996) for Justerini & Brooks  1973 Delamain (bottled 1998) for Justerini & Brooks  1973 Delamain (bottled 1998) for Howells of Bristol  1973; 33 years old, stated on back side; label has one background colour (light yellow)  1973 Delamain; below right says 40% alc by vol.; with extra text: 'produced from the grape harvest of'; label has two background colours (white and orange-brown)  1973, 31 years old; stated on the back; imported by Mentzendorff, London  1973 Delamain (2012 not stated; or is it 2013?); below right says 40% vol.  1973 Delamain. Different colour cap.  1973 Delamain (botlled 2013)  1973 Delamain (bottled 2013) (white label or is it the play of the light?)  1976 GC (l 1979, b 1999) for Trapps Cellars Ltd  1976 Delamain (bottled 2016)  1977 (bot. 2017); 700ml  1977 Delamain

7e. 1980 until now

1980 Delamain (bottled 2010)  1981 Delamain (bottled 2011)  1982 Delamain (bottled 2000) for Howells of Bristol  1983 Delamain  1983 Delamain (bottled 2013)  1984 Delamain (bottled 2003)    Delamain (landed 1985, bottled 2004)  Delamain (landed 1985, bottled 2009)  1986 Delamain (bottled 2016)  1988 30 years old, bottled 2018  1990 GC (l 1994, b 2013) by Bristol Spirits Ltd  1991 Delamain (landed 1994, bottled 2016)   1995 Delamain (laned 1997, bottled 2013; Lay & Wheeler import)   1996 Delamain (landed 1999, bottled 2015; For the 175 year anniversary of the Reform Club, Pall Mall, London)

8. Exceptions

8a. three stars and other young cognacs
  Three stars  Three stars  Three stars (1960-70s)  Spécial  Sélection  Pretty much the same as previous bottle, just lighter colour of glass and label and the shoulder label sits a bit lower (1960-70s); Cognac Delamain on shoulder label in black letters  Without the filigrain
8b. Liquid Gold (VSOP)

700ml liquid gold (vsop) 700ml liquid gold (vsop) with Japanese characters 700ml liquid gold (vsop) with a white label 700ml liquid gold (vsop), with a neck label and no shoulder blob

8c. Napoleon

 With a shoulder blob  Same, but less bright colours  With three lines of text underneath  With two lines of text underneath (75cl)    With a neck label in stead of a shoulder blob 

8d. Fine Champagne cognacs

 

8e. Vintage exceptions (petite champagne)

1920 Petite Champage, Roullet & Delamain  The same, with filigrane  1969 Petite Champagne, Delamain (bottled 1998) for Justerini & Brooks

9. Limited Editions

Christmas editions

         

Other editions

Single vineyard collection Gensac-la-Pallue  Single vineyard collection Juillac-le-Coq  Single vineyard collection Ambleville  Single vineyard Verrieres (2017)  Single vineyard Verrieres (2017)  Single Vineyard collection Sansibar  Very Great Age, Army and Navy Stores 1871 to 1971 Centenary  Grande Fine Champagne Cognac  L'Aigle XO Wine Society Sixties Exhibition

10. Baccarat and other decanters

Pale & Dry

700ml Pale & Dry (XO)  Same as previous, but with a number printed on the label   700ml stated 0,70L stated differently 700ml Grande champagne  700ml Tres Belle Grande Champagne  Dark stopper  White stopper; 70cl stated on the back; Italian import (Zola Predosa, Bologne)

Tres Vénérable Grande Champagne

  With 0,70L and 40% stated. 700ml stated with a paper duty seal

Other

Tr@es Vieille Grande Fine Champagne  Old cellar selection; name Delamain is at the foot of the carafe  1963 Vintage in Daum decanter      Millesimes: blend of 40 years and older grande champagne vintages 1969 Vintage in Baccarat decanter, made specially for Angel's Share auction Le Voyage (2008)

More information on the very expensive cristal bottles of Delamain on the Extravaganza page.

11. Magnums and more

Pale and Dry

3L Jeroboam, black capsule  3L Jeroboam, brown capsule  3L Jeroboam  3L jeroboam 1.5L magnum, shoulder blob  Delamain & Co. Tres Belle Grande Champagne. 52 Fl oz (1.47L) stated on the right below (1960s) (no Roullet mentioned)  !.5L magnum with neck label  1.5L magnum with neck label, less text underneath  1.5L magnum, dark capsule with XO label   1.5L magnum, clear glass and brown cap 

Hotel series

3L Pale & Dry Bistro de la Place 2011  3L Pale & Dry Blanket Bay 2011  3L P&D Cheung Kee 2011  3L P&D La Marée   3L P&D Le 7 Restaurant 2011  3L P&D Le Bel Ami 2011  3L P&D L'Effet Boeuf 2011  3L P&D Les Grains d'Argent 2011  3L P&D Pontac's Head 2011   3L P&D Rouge 2011  3L P&D Sofitel 2011  3L P&D The Grove  3L P&D Trianon  3L Vesper Le Chabichou   3L P&D Le Mastroquet 2011

Last bottle is a Vesper. All other are Pale & Dry.

1906 and Tres Venerable

 1906 Vintage Magnum; (Roullet & Delamain)  1906 Vintage Magnum; (Roullet & Delamain) No filigrane.  3L Jeroboam Tres Venerable

12. Miniatures

– 12a. Three Star miniatures

 

– 12b. Finalo Special

brownish cap  dark cap  flat cap

– 12c. Selection

29ml   29cc stated on the back; with date of establishment in the lower left corner   With a paper duty seal    

– 12d. VSOP Liquid Gold and Fine Cognac ´E.D´

 

– 12e. Pale and Dry

Pale & Dry, Très Belle Grande Champagne

With a crescent shaped neck labelAlso a crescent shaped necklabel, produced for Julius Wile.  Oval neck label; no content stated Oval neck label; 3cl on bottom right   Oval neck label; 5cl on bottom right 80 Proof on bottom left and 50ml on bottom right; label more brown-reddish than next one  80 Proof on bottom left and 50ml on bottom right; label more blue-black than last one  no neck label; 50ml  50ml produced for Julius Wile  Clear glass; crescent shaped neck label  Clear glass; oval shaped neck label; 70 Proof

Pale & Dry, content unknown

 Grainy glass  Clear glass, with paper seal  With a moon shaped neck label  same, but with an extra line of fine print at the bottom of the label   With a neck label and paper seal  Different neck label  Different neck label, gold cap  same, dark cap  Pale & Dry in red  Pale & Dry in black

Pale & Dry, 3cl bottles

Pale & Dry in black; silver cap  XO and Delamain in brown  XO and Delamain in black  with an appellation controlé line  Same, but letters more red and red cap

Pale & Dry, 5cl bottles

40%Vol on botton left; 5cl on right  40% alc/vol on bottom left; 50ml on right; Pale & Dry in smaller letters  XO and Delamain in black letters. 40% alc/vol on bottom left; 50ml on right; Pale & Dry in smaller letters  XO and Delamin in dark letters  XO and Delamain in brown letters, red cap  XO and Delamain in brwon letters; gold cap

– 12f. Napoléon

No neck label  With a neck label  With neck label and paper seal; 4,5cl With flat cap

– 12g. Vesper

Vesper, content unknown

 

Vesper, 3cl bottles:

  black cap  gold cap   Green bottle  Delamain in yellow-gold rectangle  Delamain in yellow rectangle, more text underneath  Delamain in gold rectangle, more text underneath  new type label

Vesper, 5cl bottles:

probably 5cl, silver coloured cap  5cl yellow cap  5cl, brown cap

– 12h. Tres Vieux and single vineyard collection

  

– 12i. Extra

No content or alcohol percentage stated  content and alcohol percentage underneath, centerd  content and alcohol percentage underneath 'Extra', centerd  content and alcohol percentage on botton left and right.    5cl, not stated; brown capWith text 'Cognac Grande Champagne' on top of label

– 12j. Très Vénérable

30ml with a neck label  No content stated  3cl  30ml  30ml; less purple   30ml  5cl, brown cap

– 12k. Réserve de la Famille

green glass; 30ml  30ml on bottom left  No content stated  No content stated. Delamain in big letters  50ml. Delamain in much smaller letters  50ml brown cap

13. Miniatures >5cl and sets

— 20cl:

VO 20cl  Pale & Dry: with 'appellation controlé' line.  Pale & Dry: Without 'appellation controlé' line.  Vesper: old label type  Vesper: new label type  Extra  Très Vénérable  1959  1960  1962  1963  1968 Single vineyard: Ambleville (2017) Single vineyard:Segonzac (2017) Single vineyard: Verrières (2017)

— 35cl:

12.5 fl ozs  35cl Pale & Dry; with cotisation mark in lower right corner  35cl Pale & Dry with a paper duty seal 35cl Très Vénérable  35cl Vesper  With 'Premier cru de Cognac' on it.  With 'appellation controlé' on it.  same as last one, but slghtly different letter type (see distance between 'G' of Cognac and 'C' of Champagne) and Gand light colour of cap

— sets:

35cl set: Pale & Dry, Très Vénérable, Vesper   Pale & Dry; Vesper; Très Vénérable (20cl)  Pale & Dry; Vesper; Extra; Très Vénérable; Réserve de la Famille (20cl)  1959, 1962, 1968 (20cl) Ambassador box with Pale & Dry, Vesper and Extra (20cl)  Ambassador box with Pale & Dry, Vesper and Très Vénérable (20cl)    Pale & Dry; Vesper; Très Vénérable (20cl) 1960, 1963, 1968 (20cl)

VO, XO and 1967 vintage (20cl)

 

14. Extravaganza

The very expensive and extravagant bottles of Delamain have their own page, where there is room for a more extensive description of the bottles, notably the Delamain Voyage, the 1963 in a Daum crystal decanter and the Très Vénérable in a Daum crystal decanter.

Click on this link to see the Delamain Extravaganza page.

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


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