Hardy Bottle Catalog (last updated: Oct 13, 2020)

261 bottles, but still not complete (only half bottles and up).

Introduction

Hardy was established in 1863 by Anthony (Antoine) Hardy. Although Hardy is now part of the Unicoop co-operation, the firm is still directed by members of the Hardy family. Already in the 19th century they adopted the Franch cockerel as their emblem, which they still use up to this day.
Hardy is famous for their very expensive crystal bottles, the Perfection series, made in collaboration with first Cristallerie des vosges, later Daum. Recently they have started a new series, now working together with Lalique.

Contents:

1. Stars
2. Fine Champagne
3. Red Corner
4. VS
5. Legend
6. VSOP
7. Napoléon
8. XO
9. Noces d’Argent
10. Noces d’Or
11. Extra, Chairman’s Private Cellar
12. Reserve de la famille
13. Vintages
14. Decanters
15. Miscellaneous
16. Magnums
17. Porcelain flasks
18. Roosters and other special bottles

1. Stars

1960s, said to be 70cl on auction (not stated) 0,70L stated; 1970s 70cl, not stated (1980s)  700 ml stated INHALT 0,70L stated  With a screw cap, 70cl (1980s)

5 stars; said to be aged 25 years; 75cl Italian import by Standa, Milano (1970s)

2. Fine Champagne

(said to be 70cl by the shop); Italian import: Cogis, Via Canova 38, Milano  75cl, hardly visibel below the 'C' of cognac; same Italian importer as previous bottle, but different colour of label; 1960s Same as previous bottle, but with a stamp on the label 75cl (stated); same Italian importer as previous bottle, but different address: Cogis, Corso Venezia 54, Milano   75cl Fine champagne (1960s)

Fine Champagne de Luxe, underneath: Cognac France (1960s) Fine champagne De Luxe with a shoulder label and 38/40% stated; underneath: Cognac With 'De Luxe' also stated on the main label and with a paper duty seal on top (Portuguese import, Porto; 1970s)

3. Red Corner

75cl Red Corner, also dubbed VS already. '68,1 cl e' stated; three stars Red Corner 0,70l and 40° stated 0,70L and 40%vol stated; imported by Mampaey, Groot Bijgaarden (Belgium)  0,70L, Italian import 73cl, stated on the back; Italian import by Seiba SAS, Milano 0,70L stated; Italian import by Standa, Milano (1970-80s) 70cl (stated); Red Corner and three stars; Japanese sticker on the neck. 0,70L, different capsule: no 3 stars and Hardy Cognac on two lines; Italian import (1980-90s) 70cl (stated); Red Corner and three stars, black capsule 70cl (stated); Red Corner and SOP; black capsule 750ml (stated); Red Corner and VS  70cl Red Corner; VS  750ml (stated) Red Corner; no second qualification. No content or ABV stated

4. VS

70cl  750ml  1L, not stated; stated by shop 50cl 375ml

5. Legend

70cl Legend 1863 (2017); 700ml stated on back-side 750ml stated

6. VSOP

70cl (est. 1950-60s) 70cl Hardy Prestige (click to see box); 1950s With importe data below VSOP, ca 1960s; (said to be 75cl); discoloration or really different color? VSOP fine champagne, Prestige stated on the label; 73cl (1960s) With a paper duty seal on top 73cl; VSOP Napoleon Imperator (1960-70s) VSOP Napoleon Imperator; without 'fine champagne' stated; 73 cls VSOP fine cognac, the label is lost; 70-75cl 0,7L stated, VSOP Napoleon   With 40° stated and with a paper duty seal on top, Italian import The 'N' emblem is on a dark coloured background; the blob is bronze coloured; 0,7L and 40° stated (1980s) VSOP stated in the upper right corner; 0,70; Französisches Erzeugnis  0,70L, Französisches Erzeugnis ; back-side is different With a 'N' in an wreath of laurels; 0,70L and 40 stated  0,70L VSOP, fine cognac 70cl 68,1cl stated; 1980s 70cl 70cl, with a paper duty seal (Italian import, DAB Italia SPA, Genova) 700ml fine cognac stated; with a Japanese sticker on the neck VSOP Fine Champagne, 0.70L e 70cl stated and no 'fine champagne' at the bottom 35cl VSOP 350ml flask

75cl VVSOP (1970s) VSOP fine champagne; ,072L stated on the bottom VSOP fine champagne, no paper label and different colour of capsule 50cl flask, address in two lines (between 'cognac' and emblem) 50cl flask, address in three lines (between 'cognac' and emblem)

70cl stated 750ml stated 70cl stated; VSOP fine champagne cognac. Note the different shape of the bottle compared to previous bottle. 70cl, VSOP. (fine champagne cognac stated below VSOP) 70cl, fine champagne printed on one line; Belgium import by Mampaey, Groot-Bijgaarden

70cl stated 70cl, content not stated 750ml stated 1L bottle 50cl 50cl flask, gold cap 50cl flask, black cap

70cl Organic VSOP 750ml Organic VSOP; the sticker says: USDA Organic Organic VSOP, content not stated

7. Napoleon

Napoleon Imperator, ca. 70cl (1960s) Napoleon Imperator 1970s Napoleon, 70cl; (1967)

Grande Fine Cognac; 0,70L and 40%vol stated Grande Fine Cognac; 0,70L and 40%vol stated; with filigrane 750ML Grande Fine Cognac; Asian import Grande Fine Cognac; 700ML and 40%alc.vol. stated; with filigrane Grande fine champagne; 0,70L and 40° stated It says: Grande Fine Champagne; 0,70L and 40%vol 700ML Fine Cognac

Asian import, 700ml; see sticker on the back 40%vol and 70cl clearly stated; Asian sticker on the neck; Asian import (click to see back side) Very much like previous, but content and ABV hazier and colour of lable more brown 700ml (not stated); Japanese sticker on neck 750ml New type bottle, different capsule 700ml 750ml, different cap

8. XO

750ml Extra Fine XO Extra Fine; with an additional line of text (import information); content printed on the left, but not readable Fine Champagne 0,70L stated, fine champagne, XO in italics 0.70L and 40%vol stated, fine champagne, XO in italics (Asian import) 0.70L and 40%vol stated, fine champagne, XO in italics, with filigrane; no back label

Below Hardy is printed: 'Produce of France, Cognac' (1980s). 75cl Italian import, with an emblem on the capsule (1970s) Hardy stated lower on the label (1980s). Below Hardy is printed: 'Cognac France, Produce of France'. Stopper is different.

70cl stated 750ml stated 0,70L stated, new emblem, different label and neck (1970s) 0,7L, Italian import; on the back is an estimated sign: '70 cl e' e0,70L stated 750ml stated 750ml stated; modern typeface and colour of letters is different too

XO Rare. 70cl, not stated XO Rare, 70cl stated 70cl stated, label has different colour?  750ml stated.

70cl stated 70cl stated 1L stated

9. Noces d’Argent

Noces d'Argent (1960-70s)  Noces d'Argent, split main label and a neck label saying '25 ans' (1970s)  Main label not split and no neck label 70cl The rooster in black; 70cl stated on the front and 700ml on the back

10. Noces d’Or

0,70L Noces d'Or, Italian import, Milano Noces d'Or cinquantenaire, 750ml 750ML stated and 80°PROOF With 80 proof and 40%Alc by vol stated  70cl and 40%vol stated  40%vol and 70cl stated (reversed)  No content stated  Year of the rooster (2017) With a number at the heel and a paper duty seal on top

11. Extra Chairman’s Private Cellar

750ml  750ml with a paper duty seal on top Different shape of the bottle 700ml with a blue label (it's a 200ml bottle); Extra, Private Cellar, Fisherman 200ml bottle; Extra, Private Cellar, Golfer

12. Reserve de la Famille

0,7L Reserve de la Famille, Noces de Diamant 750ml with red wax cap 750ml with black wax cap, 1980s Same as previous, but 750ML is crossed out and replaced by 700ML

13. Vintage

1777 vintage; from the private collection of the Hardy family (only one bottle found in a closet at James Hardy's house). 1802 grande champagne vintage 1777, private collection (second bottle found!) 1820 vintage (stated on box, click to see); 1830, collection personelle Jacques hardy 1830, collection personelle Jacques hardy 1848 vintage, 1830, collection personelle Jacques hardy  1830 Extra vintage 1856 petite champagne, collection personelle Jacques hardy; bottled 2003

14. Decanters

For more information on the very expensive decanters go to the Hardy Extravaganza page.

Extra, fine champagne 70cl Gold Label Lauzin Baccarat (1970s), private reserve of Hardy (sometimes dubbed: Casino

Napoleon cognac (Kaspar crystal), some are also named Noces d’Or:

70cl Kaspar; hand made French Crystal  Noces d'Or stated separately; said to be 70cl  Napoleon; 70cl, stated 70cl Napoleon decanter (back-side); click to see front detail; different stopper Different closure with Hacienda printed; Mexican import 750ml, stated on front sticker 750ml, stated on back-side of neck (click to see detail back-side, very vague)  750ml stated on the paper duty seal and on back-side of neck (click to see detail back-side); with an additional label on the back-side.

Captains decanter, Noces d’Or (Cristallerie des Vosges):

70cl Captains decanter; Noces d'Or (1980s)  75cl Captains decanter; Noces d'Or

Noces Series:

Noces de Perle (Cristallerie des Vosges); more then 30 years old; 70cl, not stated  Noces de Perle, Cristallerie des Vosges 75cl, not stated  Noces de Diamant (Cristallerie des Vosges); more then 60 years old; 750ml Noces de Diamant; red cord; 40%vol and 750ML stated on a see-through sticket on the foot See-through sticker is different: 40% alc. by vol and 750ML; Italian import Noces de Diamant; another see-through sticker  Noces d'Albatre (Rosebud); Daum crystal 70cl (stated on the back)  Noces d'Albatre (Rosebud); Daum crystal 750ml stated; with a plastic sticker Noces de Platine, 70cl, Daum crystal Noces de Platine refill

More information on the Extravaganza page.

Perfection and elements series of perfection (all Daum crystal):

Perfection, 750ml stated and 40%alc/vol, Daum crystal  750ml, with 82 proof stated; Daum crystal sticker and also the emblem of Crystalleries des Vosges (CdV)  Perfection, 750ml stated, with the emblem of Cristalleries des Vosges (CdV)  Perfection, 750ml stated, with the emblem of Cristalleries des Vosges (CdV); should say Perfection, but is it there?

Water, 700ml stated  Water (Eau); 750ml stated; click to see  Water (Eau); 750ml stated; 'A Hardy' (not: 'By A. Hardy'), click to see  Fire (Flamme) 750ml stated; Air.  Air (Air); the other way around  Earth (Terre)  Earth, 750ml stated  Light (Lumière)  Light, 750ml stated

Lalique bottles:

Caryota (2012) aka Cuvée Bénédictine  Réserve du Prince, the bottle that accompagnies the Caryota carafe; on the neck label: 'authentic pre-world war I'  Hardy Hommage, made for the 2014 Part des Anges auction, in a Lalique decanter called Trèves.

Le Printemps (2013)  L'Eté (2015) Automne, 2019

Other:

Collection Privé Sèvres; special made for the 2011 Part des Anges auction.  Thoroughbred (Aria) 750ml (2015); only 30 kopies.

For more information on the very expensive decanters go to the Hardy Extravaganza page.

15. Miscellanious

VVSP Monseigneur, 4/5 quart, 84 proof (1960s) Monseigneur, reserve de A. Hardy (fine champagne) 35 ans d'age Monseigneur, reserve de A. Hardy (fine champagne) 35 ans d'age; with 39/40% stated Monseigneur, reserve de A. Hardy (fine champagne) 35 ans d'age; with 40° stated XO - LXX, 70cl; from 1921, bottled much later (prob 1980s) 21 Caratis, Très Ancienne Grande Champagne, 0.70L 70cl Napoleon, Jour de Fête 70cl Jour de fête with a different emblem, different capsule and without a filigrane Collection Personelle de Jacques Hardy (unique specimen)

Maison Rouge, made by Hardy for US market (2017):

750ml VS, Maison Rouge 750ml VS, Maison Rouge, black capsule 750ml VSOP, Maison Rouge 750ml VSOP, Maison Rouge; with additional text line: bottled in Cognac - France 750ml VSOP, Maison Rouge, white label 750ml Maison Rouge VSOP, black capsule 750ml VSOP, Maison Rouge with a shoulder label 375ml flask, Maison Rouge VSOP

6 x 35cl: bois ordimaires, bons bois, fins bois, borderies, petite champagne and grande champagne  Same set with Hardy printed on the capsule, Italian import

35cl Bois Communs; Hardy printed on the capsule, no duty seal on top

16. Magnums

3st magnum  1.5L Red Corner (magnum) 1,5L VSOP with cotisation stamp 150cl VSOP (1980s) 150cl VSOP without cotisation stamp 1.5L VSOP Napoleon 3L XO

17. Porcelain flasks

700ml Limoges (not Jean-Pierre), napoleon   700ml Limoges (Jean-Pierre), napoleon 750ml Limoges (Jean-Pierre), Napoleon

18. Roosters (les cocs) and other special bottles

750ml Extra 750ml stated, Extra; text differs 750ml Extra 750ml Extra, text underneath is different 750ml Extra 750ml Extra 750ml stated, Extra; text differs 750ml Extra 750ml stated, Extra; text differs 750ml Extra

500ml three stars 50cl VS  50cl VS (Godiva), with a cotisation stamp VSOP 0,50l stated 500ml VSOP 750ml XO, Asian import

0.5L Napoleon as a canon

 


Reacties

Hardy bottle catalog — 6 reacties

  1. Good evening,

    I had a 200 ml bottle of a fisherman´s chairman´s private cellar…I was fond of that bottle that had been given to me by my grandfather.
    Sadly the bottle got lost while fishing and I am trying to check how many chances do I have to find another one?

    • Now and then there is one offered on an auction, but chances are slim if you don’t check the auction sites on a regular basis.
      Regards,
      Ton

    • Hello Enrique,

      I have only seen this bottle being sold once. I don’t know what it was sold for, but the estimate was around €200-250.
      If the bottle is in good condition, this seems a fair estimation. Of course it all depends on how many people are interested when offered for auction.

      Hope this helps.
      Ton

  2. Hello

    Can you tell me something about this hardy cognac? Maybe the date?

    It was a Gift from my grandmother.

    Should i sell it?

    Best regards

    • Hi Constantin,

      I need better pictures before I can tell you more. I also like to know the size. Is it a regular 70-75cl bottle or a magnum? Does the bottle never had a label? Or are there some writings on the glass?
      I will send you an e-mail to make sending pictures easier.

      Regards,
      Ton

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