Denis Mounié Bottle Catalog (last updated Nov 9, 2019)

(215 bottles from 35cl and up, but still incomplete)

J. Denis, Henry Mounié & Co. was founded in 1838 by Henri Mounié and Justin Denis. Later the name was simplified to just Denis-Mounié.

Very early they started using the name and emblem ‘gold leaf’ for their bottles. I have seen an advertisement in the Hobart Town Daily Courier from 1856 were Denis and Mounié’s celebrated gold leaf was mentioned. The first use of this emblem probably dates back from 1850, fourteen years prior to the registration of the first name and logo by Hennessy. The gold leaf was mostly used to indicate their lowest grade of cognac, but the image was also used as an adornment on bottles of higher quality. It has been used right up to the end of Denis and Mounié’s existence in the 1990s.

By appointment to the Late King George V written on a gold coloured grape leaf.  Suppliers of fine cognac cince 1838 written on a grape leaf

In 1908 they were appointed supplier to the Royal Court of King Edouard VII. The brand Edward VII was created in honour of this occasion. The Royal appointment was continued by George V. This was used on their bottles. First as ‘Appointment to the H.M. King George V’ and after his dead as ‘By appointment of the Late King George V’.

 By appointment to the Late King Edouard VII on a banner and with their coat of arms  By appointment to H.M. King George V on a banner and with their coat of arms  By appointment to the Late King George V on a banner and with their coat of arms

And some other recurrent emblems used on the main label:

Suppliers of fine cognac since 1838 on a banner and with a grape leaf  Suppliers of fine cognac since 1838 on a banner and with their coat of arms Tradition Qualité and a grape leaf; used on three stars quality bottles

Different neck emblems; they exist in different colours:

ER probably stands for Edouard Roi; used on Edouard VII bottles GR stands for Grande Réserve; used on Edouard VII bottles DM below a crown; used on Edouard VII bottles; DM: Denis-Mounié DM on a grape leaf; DM: Denis-Mounié; used on Edward VII and several other bottles Just DM; used on Edward VII bottles DM between the Royal lions Royal coat of arms and 'By Appointment'; used on Edouard VII bottles Extra; used on Edouard VII bottles and Extra bottles Three stars; used on Gold Leaf VSP; used on gold leaf (Very Soft Pale) Three stars and DM under a crown; used on gold leaf bottles VSOP below the coat of arms

Contents:

1. Gold Leaf
2. Stars
3. VS
4. VSOP
5. Napoleon
6. FOV
7. XO
8. Edouard VII
9. Extra and Hors d’Age Extra
10. Decanters
11. Vintages
12. Limited editions
13. Magnums

1. Gold Leaf

Gold Leaf has been used by Denis-Mounié from 1850. So their very first bottles could very well have been Gold Leaf’s too. It is used to indicate their lowest quality of cognac, comparable with three stars and VS.
1a. Gold Leaf cognaçaises (all have also three stars):

Possibly 1930s; appointed to the Late King .... (Edouard VII) Denis-Mounié; gray-green colour of the label; old type capsule J. Denis and Henry Mounié; label has sort of gold colour; estimated 1940-50s; appointed to the Late King George V; 4/5 Quart; Carillon importers, New York Same as previous, but with a paper duty seal; 4/5 Quart; Carillon importers, New York Name: Denis-Mounié & Co.; paper duty seal; 4/5 Quart; Carillon importers, New York Denis-Mounié, three stars and name 'Gold Leaf' on the cap; different importer, McKesson & Robbins

1b. straight bottles with a small gold leaf:

Content not stated (ca 68-70cl); 1960s; DM in the blob, no stars With a paper duty seal on top, DM in the blob, no stars; (1950-60s) With DM cognac on the capsule and a hanging 'gold leaf' card. Suppliers of fine cognac; imported by Soffiantino, Genova; 73cl Suppliers of fine cognac; colour of glass is much lighter; imported by Soffiantino, Genova; 73cl  With a small gold leaf; three stars on the neck label; suppliers of fine cognac; 70cl (1960s)

1c. straight bottles with a big gold leaf:

three stars on the leaf; suppliers of fine cognac; imported by Soffiantino, Genova; 75cl (1960s) three stars on the leaf; suppliers of fine cognac, with 70 proof stated (the blob emblem with 'DM' on it has fallen off) three stars on the leaf; suppliers of fine cognac, without 70 proof stated Three stars on the neck. Looks very much like previous bottle; different colour of label With a screw cap

1d. tapered bottles, VSP, with gold leaf written in red:
(VSP stands for Very Soft Pale, which is also written on the leaf)
 VSP, 1970s 0.70L stated and 40%G.L. (1970s) Same as previous bottle, but with a paper duty seal on top Different cap, content not stated (70cl) Same as previous, but with a paper top seal Italian import by Marie-Brizard & Roger, 73cl (1970s)
1e. aberrant (shaped) bottles:

abnormal shape of bottle VSP; golden leaf; 750ml 25.4floz GL on neck blob, text: by appointment to the Late King George V; 80 proof stated; 75cl; for the 125th anniversary of Denis-Mounié (click to see backside); 1963 ca. 0.7L Gold Leaf flask ca. 0.5L Gold Leaf flask

2. Stars

3 stars; the bottle has the look of a gold leaf, but it only states 3 stars (est. 1960s)

68.2cl and 24 fl oz stated; 70 proof (est. 1980s) Looks like content is stated on the lower left 75cl stated on lower right; with a paper duty seal on top (neck emblem has come off) 75cl stated on lower right, with a paper duty seal and importer data on the lower end of the label (Sidalm, Milano) 75cl (stated at the lower part of the label); Aquavite di vino printed, with a paper duty seal and importer data on the lower end of the label (Unidal, Milano) Different cap and neck emblem; 24 FL OZS and 70 proof stated Different cap and neck emblem; 24 FL OZS 'Produce of France' and 70 proof stated  Content not stated and with a paper duty seal on top 40% stated; medaille d'or Saint Loo 1982

70cl, importé par S. Bloc, Bruxelles, 1988

3. VS

750ml stated (1970-80s)

4. VSOP

 

4.1 Cognaçaise bottles:

VSOP, old type (1940-50s?) 70cl stated in the bottom left corner (1960-70s) 70cl stated next to 'vsop'; German import, Eimann Marken Getränke, Nürnberg. 70cle stated next to 'vsop' and with a green point symbol; German import, Eimann Marken Getränke, Nürnberg (diiferent from previous); (1990s). 70cl stated in the upper left corner; Italian import, Soffiantino, Genova 700ml Asian import, Mitsukoshi 750ml stated in the top left corner; US import, Park Benziger & Co., Yonkers, NY

4b. Straight bottles with a small gold leaf:

24 FL OZS stated (1970s) Content not stated; said to be 23.66 fl oz. (1970s) With yellow-brown shoulder blob, content not stated (prob 70cl); 1960-70s 75cl stated; Italian import, Soffiantino Genova 35cl bottle (not stated)

4c. Tapered bottles:

0.70L stated; DM on cap and on shoulder blob 24 FL OZS stated; shoulder blob with VSOP Fine Champagne printed underneath; Italian import, 70cl stated Fondé en 1838 stated underneath; 75cl stated, Italian import Fine Champagne stated underneath; Asian import by Mitsukoshi; 700ml VSOP that is also called Napoleon and Edouard VII; probably 700ml Fine Champagne stated underneath; Asian import by Mitsukoshi; 700ml stated on a different sticker; with a black neck label with Asian text Pretty simular to previous bottle, but with black adornments to the left and right of the coat of arms 700ml, Asian import (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei) Beneath is printed: Fondé en 1838; Asian import DM on the cap; 0.70L stated, copper coloured cap (1970s) DM on the cap; content not stated, yellow-gold coloured cap (1970s)

 

5. Napoleon

No content stated 70cl stated, selected for Mitsukoshi 70cl stated, selected for Mitsukoshi, capsule has lighter colour and a different stickker on the back  Green capsule

70cl stated 700ml stated on the back, selected for Mitsukoshi

6. FOV, finest old vintage

FOV On the bottom label: Jardine Riche Munchs Ltd No lion on bottom label, screw cap With HKDNP stated; underneath: Denis-Mounié; Asian import 70cl stated; with HKDNP stated; underneath: Denis-Mounié With HKDNP stated; underneath: Jardine Riche Munchs Ltd; Asian import 700ml stated on the back; Asian import 700ML stated, bottled for Caldbeck Macgregor; the name Denis-Mounié is completely left off Dark red capsule, 70cl stated; no shoulder or bottom label; Asian import 700ml stated on the back-side Black capsule, 70cl stated; no shoulder or bottom label; 'Finest Old Vintage' in different typecase; Asian import Black capsule, 70cl stated; no shoulder or bottom label; label just says: FOV cognac; Asian import 700ml; FOV stated on capsule; Asian import 1L bottle (not stated) with HKDNP stated 1.00L stated; black capsule with FOV on it 30cl, not stated; black capsule

7. XO

(All older XO bottles have also Napoleon stated)

70cl stated Content not stated 70cl stated; with a paper duty seal 700ml stated on the back; with a black neck label (Asian) 700ml with a black neck label; just one line of address underneath 70cl; with a gold leaf instead of the coat of arms

newer type of bottle

8. Edouard VII

8.1 Cognaçaise bottles:

Said to be 70 cl; est. 1920-30s Said to be 70cl; golden emblem Said to be 70cl; golden emblem. different capsule (est. 1920-30s) With a green grape-leaf; 70cl stated in upper right corner With a golden grape-leaf, label is brownish; 70cl stated in upper left corner With a golden grape-leaf, label is green; 70cl e stated in upper left corner; with Asian characters on the capsule 40%vol. stated on the left and 70cl e on the right (on 2 lines) 70cl e stated on the right; Frazösisches Erzeugnis With a golden grape-leaf; 70cl stated in upper left corner; Italian import for Soffiantino With a green grape-leaf; 70cl stated in upper left corner; Swiss import for Hans. U. Bon. AG, Zürich 70cl stated in lower left corner; specially selected for Mitsukoshi. 70cl stated in upper right corner; specially selected for Mitsukoshi (stated differently); with a black neck label. 50cl

8.2 Straight bottles (in between normande and bourgogne shape):

1 Pint and 9fl.ozs. New York import Shoulder blob says: E.R. Shoulder blob says: GR (gold) Shoulder blob says: GR (black) Shoulder blob says: GR (black), with a paper duty seal on top; VSOP 30 anõs Shoulder blob says: DM (D and M partly overlap) Shoulder blob says: DM in gold with a crown above. Italian import for Soffiantiono Shoulder blob says: DM in green with a crown above. Italian import for Soffiantiono 12 FL.OZ. (35cl); New York import 35cl

8.3 Tapered bottles:

70cl and 40%vol. stated; copper coloured cap; DM on shoulder blob 75cl stated No address line on the bottom of the label No address line on the bottom of the label; with a paper duty seal 70cl stated; copper coloured capsule; German import Different importer 40% stated; different importer: Marie Brizard & Roger 24 fl ozs stated (no duty seal); Vieille Fine Champagne on top of the main label on a separate band Vieille Fine Champagne on top of the main label on a separate band; Italian import (Soffiantino) Capsule in green, DM on shoulder blob in green; Fine Champagne on top of the main label on a separate band (est. late 1960s-1970s) Same as previous but with a paper duty top seal Italian import (Soffiantino) 75cl

8.4 Flask:

said to be 70cl flask 35cl flask

9. Extra and Hors d’Age Extra

9.1 Extra

24 fl ozs stated; DM printed on the cap Extra on shoulder blob in gold; 24 fl ozs stated 50 years old stated Marca Registrada printed in lower left. Mexican import

9.2 Hors d’Age Extra

70cl stated 70cl stated; Französisches Erzeugnis content not stated Extra - Hors d'Age; Asian import  With a black nec label; Asian import, 700ml  Specially selected for Mitsukoshi, 700ml

10. Decanters

VSOP Napoléon Edouard VII Edouard VII; with foil on top  Hors d'Age Hors d'Age; bigger letters (wider) Hors d'Age; imported by Marie Brizard & Roger  Réserve Extra, 30 ans, vieille fine champagne Réserve 1893, vieille fine champagne Réserve 1906, vieille fine champagne

11. Vintages

1808 GC 1812 GC Hotel Ritz, according to Christies it is a Denis-Mounié 1815 GC 1815 GC 1830 GC 1846 GC 1858 GC 1863 GC 1865 GC 1865 GC, different label 1875 GC 1878 GC  1884 GC 1893 GC Different colour of coat of arms (just the label)  1893 GC, different label 1900 GC 1900 Fine Champagne 1914 GC (est. 1960s) With 40% stated on the lower right 1914 GC, crimped cap and 70 Proof stated 1914 GC, waxed cap and with 70 Proof stated 1914 GC, DM on the capsule and with 40% stated 1929 GC 1929 GC 1935 GC, 24 Fl.oz. 1957 GC 1961 GC, bottled 1975, 24 fl.ozs. 1961 GC, bottled 1975, 24 fl.ozs.; different neck label 1961, 36%alc/vol; 68cl 1969 GC, landed 1972, bottled 1989 by London Bridge Bottlers 1969 GC, landed 1972, bottled 1989 by Justerini & Brooks 1969 GC, landed 1973, bottled 1988 by London Bridge Bottlers 1969 GC, landed 1972, bottled 1993 1969 GC, landed 1972, bottled 1994 1973 GC, landed 1974, bottled 1990 1973 GC, landen 1974, bottled 1994

12. Limited editions

Special Reserve Reserve de la maison Reserve des 2 Magots (restaurant in Paris) Reserve Speciale 150th anniversary

VSOP Réserve 700ml book, Limoges Premium Réserve 700ml book, Limoges 70cl Napoleon Tour Eiffel, Limoges 70cl Napoleon Tour Eiffel, Limoges, with HKDNP stated

Set of three book shaped cognac bottles (700ml), VSOP Reserve, Premium Reserve and Extra Reserve; with two Scotch Whisky bottles

13. Magnums

2.5L Gold Leaf 1.5L Gold Leaf, small grape leaf; DM with crown on shoulder blob 1.5L Gold Leaf; different colour of cap; three stars in shoulder blob 1.5L Gold Leaf, large grape leaf 1.5L VSOP; 40% stated in lower right 1.5L VSOP; 40% stated a little higher, within the frame 1.5L FOV 1.5L FOV with HKDNP stated; content stated on the back 3L Jeroboam (said to be 1.5L, but must be 3L; click to see next to a 70cl bottle) 3L Edouard VII, Jeroboam; different stopper and capsule 1.5 Quart King Edward, VVSEP  1.5L Edouard VII 1.5L Edouard VII ca. 2-2.5L 1875 GC 1.5L 1893 GC 5L 1805, choisie specialement pour Hotel Ritz Paris

 

 


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