Louis Royer Bottle Catalogue (last updated: July 4, 2021)

(159 bottles, but still not complete)

Introduction

Louis Royer establishes his ‘Maison de Cognac’ in 1853 in Jarnac. In 1890 he was able to buy the Jules Duret firm from Théodore Duret who had more interests in art. With this purchase he acquired a large stock of excellent old cognacs. The Duret brand has long been used by Royer for the export of top cognacs to the US.
In 1989 Louis Royer was bought by Suntory and in 2015 Suntory sold the company to Terroirs Distillers.
At first they predominantly produce grande champagne cognacs, but more recently the focus is shifted towards blends, made from grande champagne, petite champagne and borderies.
Very early on Louis Royer started using the bee for his emblem and they still do. But during a certain period of time, they also used an eagle.

  The eagle. The modern emblem

One other striking feature: I think I have never seen an ‘e’ sign (estimation) to accompany the content on any of the Louis Royer bottles.

Contents:


1. Fine champagne and Three star
2. VS
3. VSOP
4. VSOP – Napoléon
5. Napoléon
6. XO
7. Extra
8. Vintages
9. Limited editions and specials
10. Magnums

 

1. Fine champagne and Three Star

Domaine d'Estrell, Französisches Erzeugnis Fine champagne (est. 1940-50s 3 star (est. 1960s) 3 star (est. 1970s)

2. VS

70cl stated on the left, VS and three stars  750ml 70cl, with a hechsher symbol on the right side (kosher) Also a hechsher on the right side, but less other pictograms on the right 100cl stated

70cl, not stated 70cl, stated 70cl, said to be kosher, but no hechsher (supervised by Rav zekbach) 70cl with an OU-p hechsher (kosher for Passover) 750ml with an OU-p hechsher (kosher for Passover)

3. VSOP

70cl; est. 1950-60s est 1970s VSOP, grande fine cognac Französisches Erzeugnis (1980s) Französisches Erzeugnis and with an EAN code (1980s) 700ml, Japanese import

70cl, the bee has no colour 100cl bottle, black capsule and a red bee, on the bottom: 100cl 100cl bottle; capsule is black with a red band and a red bee 100cl bottle; capsule is black with a red band and with a gold coloured bee

70cl, no OU symbol 70cl, no OU symbol; with a paper duty seal 70cl stated and with an OU-p symbol in the lower left corner; kosher for Passover Difficult to read, but said to be 750ml; no OU-symbol Difficult to read, but said to be 750ml and kosher; an additional symbol above the ABV on the right: OU-p Said to be 1L; no kosher symbol

70cl, text in blue letters 70cl stated, text in brown letters 70cl, Italian duty seal Only 40%vol stated; said to be 700ml (in Asian shop) No abv or content stated on the front; said to be 70cl 70cl, Asian import 1L bottle; 100cl stated on the back 1L stated, Asian import No abv or content stated on the front; said to be 1L 70cl with an OU-p symbol (kosher for Passover) 750ML stated; OU-p (kosher for Passover) With an OU-p symbol (kosher for Passover); no content stated

4. Napoleon (VSOP)

Napoleon VSOP, 70cl (not stated), with 'Grande Fine Champagne' stamped on it (est. 1950s) Napoleon VSOP, 40° and 70cl stated, with 'Grande Fine Champagne' stamped on it (est. 1950-60s) Napoleon VSOP, 73cl stated, no stamp; Italian import (est. 1960s) Napoleon VSOP, 70cl (not stated), (est. 1960s) Italian import (est. 1960s) Spanish import, bronze coloured capsule

1980s

5. Napoleon

Italian import: aquavite di vino (1960s) Italian import: distillato di vino (1960s) Blue, white and red ribbon gold coloured ribbon

1970s, napoleon in roman font 1970s, cognac in roman font and Napoleon in italic font 1970s, cognac and Napoleon in italic font 1970s, cognac and Napoleon in italic font; just one line of text on the lower right

0,7L stated in the lower left and ABV in the lower right Content and ABV not stated; no back label 70cl, Französisches Erzeugnis (1970-80s) 1L (1970s)

70cl, not stated (est. 1980s) 700ml, Japanese import

70cl; with a 'green point' on the back Seems the content is not stated; no 'green point' on the back Content not stated? No EAN on the back

6. XO

XO, no content stated (1970s) 750ml stated The text in the lower left corner is different No content stated and no 'produce of France' stated in the lower left

70cl (est 1980-90s) 70cl, with a number on the back and an EAN sticker 70cl, with a duty seal on top; Italian import Content 70cl stated on the back; Lisboa import 700ml stated 70cl, with an OU-p symbol (kosher for Passover); also a pregnancy warning pictogram 750ml, with an OU-p symbol (kosher for Passover)

70cl; German import 70cl Swiss import (Aarberg)

70cl, stated (2010s) 70cl, not stated (2010s) 750ML stated 100cl stated

70cl, OU-p (kosher for Passover) 750ML, OU-p (kosher for Passover)

7. Extra

1940s Extra 0,67L (est 1960s) 680ml Extra (est. 1960-70s)  0,70L  0,70L (1980s) with an emblem of the bee With an emblem of the bee, content not stated 0,70L, Französisches Erzeugnis

Extra in carafe With an additional label on the side: UK tax seal, 70cl  750ML stated on the back side, below 75cl, with a side label; different lay-out: cognac stated above Louis Royer

8. Vintages

1973 Grande champagne

9. Limited editions and specials

Fine champagne

Concorde (agreement/harmony/union; not related to the airplane) (est. 1960-70s) Stated at the bottom: Mise en bouteille en Espagne 700ml 40° 80Proof

Napoleon as a basket bottle

Royer collection distillerie Les Magnolias, grande champagne Royer collection distillerie Les Magnolias, grande champagne  wtith a paper duty seal, Italian import Royer collection distillerie De L´Ecole, petite champagne Royer collection distillerie des Saules, Borderies Royer collection distillerie Daumagne, fins bois Royer collection distillerie Chantal, bons bois

Grande Reserve (GC)  Reserve Royale, grande champagne Reserve Rare, fine champagne Family Collection, fine champagne Family Collection, vieille fine champagne Family Collection, reserve, fine champagne

Single Cask aged 23 years, bottled Sep 1999, 70cl Single Cask aged 23 years, bottled Nov 1997, 70cl; with an Italian duty seal Single Cask aged 23 years, bottled 2000, 750ml Single Cask aged 32 years, 70cl, bottled in 2007 Single Cask aged 32 years, 750ml Single Cask aged 35 years Single Cask aged 36 years, 70cl (bottled 2011) Single Cask aged 37 years, 70cl (bottled 2011) Single Cask aged 38 years, no content stated Single Cask aged 38 years, bottled Oct 2012, 70cl Single Cask aged 39 years, bottled Dec 2013, 70cl Single Cask aged 39 years, 750ml

Préference Préference, diffirent colour label Courrèges Courrèges

Prédilection, grande champagne (Part des Anges 2013) Eloge (Part des Anges 2018) Eloge

53°, 50cl stated (2015) 53°, 50cl stated and a pregnancy pictogram 53°, 50cl not stated 53°, 50cl not stated and no ABV stated 750ML 750ML, smooth capsule  750ML, smooth capsule; produce of France in two languages

Venus de Milo  Venus de Milo, with a Singapore Duty Not Paid stamp and sticker

10. Magnum

Three stars 2.5L (1960s)  VSOP 1.4L (1960s)

VSOP 4.5L VSOP 4.5L VSOP 3L VSOP 1.5L

XO 150cl XO 150cl XO 150cl, content not stated

XO 3L XO 3L, not stated

3L VSOP in a stand 3L VSOP in a stand 150cl XO in a stand

3L Family Reserve, tonneau


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