Meukow Bottle Catalog (last updated Nov 13, 2018)

(131 bottles and 126 miniatures, but still incomplete)

Meukow was established in 1862 by two brothers Meukow who were sent to France by the Russian Tsar Alexander II to supply the Russian court with cognacs. It was for a long time a family-run business until financial difficulties arose at the end of the 1960s.  In 1979 Meukow was bought by Michel Coste of the CCG-group who revitalized the company and who also designed the new and now famous panther-logo for Meukow in 1995.

Contents:

1. Stars
2. VS and Black Panther
3. VSO and VSOP
4. Napoléon
5. XO
6. Diamond
7. Cordon d’Or
8. Nec Plus Ultra and NPU VRXO
9. Extra
10. Vintages
11. Various old cognacs
12. Palm d’Or
13. Rarissime
14. Limited editions
–14a. Arima
–14b. 90 Proof
–14c. Various
–14d. Porcelain
15. Baccarat
16. Magnums
17. Miniatures
–17a. No age indication
–17b. Stars
–17c. VS and black panther
–17d. Réserve, VSO and VSOP
–17e. Nap
–17f. XO
–17g. Cordon d’Or
–17h. NPU
–17i. old
–17j. vintage
–17k. other

1. Stars

Pre WW-II bottle, one star; (estimated 1930s); this bottle probably never had a shoulder label, because I have seen others like this  Three stars  5 stars  5 Stars, dark glass  5 stars, clear glass  5 stars with 70cl and 40% on it 5 stars with only 40% on it

2. VS en Black Panther

VS, no alcohol percentage or content stated  Differs in details in the panther (see teeth, eye and shoulder-neck transition)  Again diferences in ear and teeth 1L bottle  VS Black Panther cognac VS Black Panther cognac; more detailed ear, eye and teeth; longer snout

3. VSO and VSOP

VSO      VSOP 70cl old style bottle VSOP 750ml and 40%Alc/Vol stated; blue cap  VSOP no content or alcohol percentage stated; darkblue cap  VSOP, dark cap, different eye, more detailed drawing VSOP, black cap; longer snout, shorter ear  70cl VSOP, brown cap; very different drawing of the panther  750ml (stated on front and back)  VSOP 70cl with Asian characters; different colour cap  1 Liter bottle  With a VSOP Superior sticker

4. Napoleon

Napoleon (1970s) With 'Napoléon' on the glass above the label. The label in the blob has come off  Napoleon 1980s; 40%Vol and 70 cl stated; the little 'N' is hanging down on a thread   Napoleon, no content or percentage stated; label more red  Napoleon, green label; 40%Vol and 70cl stated

Napoleon, dark green glass  Napoleon, dark green glass; ear, eye and mouth seem to be connected   Napoleon, brown cap  Napoelon, dark glass; Asian characters  Napoleon, Asian characters; much darker panther Napoleon, yellow cap; Asain characers Napoleon, ligh green glass; with asian characters Napoleon, light green glass; Asian characters; slight differences in the panther

5. XO

XO, green neck; 40% and 70cl stated; XO at the end of the ribbon has fallen off 70cl stated; dark blue neck Dark neck, no alcohol or content stated XO, dark neck; 70cl stated on the right

Red with gold cap, short snout  Red with gold cap, more relief than previous  Red with gold cap, the ear touches the outline of the panther  Red cap  Brown and gold cap  orange brown cap; round, short snout  Light brown cap  Same as previous?  Brown with a little orange cap; front paw higher of the ground  Brown cap, slit-eye   Brown cap; eye in between round and split-eye  1L bottle  XO grande champagne, 70cl  Silver capsule

6. Diamond

Diamond XO, golden neck  Diamond, blue label; with Asian characters on a see-through sticker on the neck  With a different stopper

7. Cordon d’Or

Cordon d'Or, with 40% stated (1950s-1960s)  With 4/5 quart and 80 proof on it (in over-exposed part; click to see detail)   Without content or alcohol percentage stated  Cordon d'Or, Extra Age

8. Nec Plus Ultra and NPU VRXO

Nec Plus Ultra NPU with 40% underneath stated NPU, 72cl with 38 40 stated  Only part of the bottle. With the owner Shepherd & Co. stated Different model bottle; 1912, for the 50th anniversay of Meukow NPU Imperiale NPU Imperiale, with additional text underneath the label and with a paper seal on top (1980s)

VRXO NPU Brown label and brown neck; Asian import, 75cl stated on back  VRXO NPU with red label and green neck  VRXO NPU green label VRXO NPU, different colour stopper; no ribbon With NPU differently stated and with 'grande champagne' on it; red label  With NPU differently stated and with 'grande champagne' on it; green label   35cl

Nec Plus Ultra in a deviant bottle

9. Extra

      With 750ml and 40%alc/vol stated  750ml stated; no cord; panther is less detailed and skinnier   Different stopper

10. Vintages

Ancienne Marque 1789, With Meukow in big letters on top of label  Ancienne Marque 1789  1889, Le Drapeau no.6; 100 year anniversary of the French Revolution  Ancienne Marque 1811 Grande Champagne no.12 Ancienne Marque 1842 Grande Champagne no. 7 (70cl)  Ancienne Marque 1842 Grande Champagne no. 7 (36cl)  1964 Black cap  1964 Gold coloured cap  1965 Black cap  1965 Gold coloured cap   1970 Black cap  1970 Gold coloured cap  1978

11. Various old cognacs

Reserve  Fine Champagne  Cordon Rouge, 40 ans d'age

12. Palm d’Or

Palm d'Or petite champagne 1978 Palm d'Or petite champagne 1988 Palm d'Or, Rarissimé

13. Rarissime

Meukow rarissime (1960s), red cap  Rarissimé Très Vieux, black cap. Text: partie d'un lot de deux demi muids de c/s très vieux venant de la distillerie de Mont Voyer dont on a tiré seul-t 600 bouteilles Different text on lower label: conserve discrètement dans le Paradis Meukow, le Rarissime revèle nos plus vieilles eaux-de-vie embouteillés disertement au degré relevé dans leurs fûts de vieillissement Rarissimé Très Vieux, yellow cap  Rarissimé Très Vieux, Yellow cap, with paper seal (1970s) With a cotisation mark

14. Limited editions

14a Arima

Arima VSOP 70cl

14b 90 Proof

750ml, 45%alc/vol  70cl, 45%vol 700ml, 45%alc/vol 700ml, 45%alc/vol; different paws

14c Various

150th anniversary for Meukow  To commemorate the Exposition Universelle de Paris 1900 (1990)

14d Porcelain

700ml Napoleon  70cl

15. Baccarat

NPU  Refill bottle for the NPU  Esprit de Famille

16. Magnums

VS, 1750ml and 40%Alc/Vol stated  3L VSOP  3L VSOP, different shape and colour of cap  3L XO (stated on back side)  3L XO, red and gold capsule  1.5L Rarissimé borderies 1937  Magnum Rarissime Très Vieux (made for the Part des Anges 2013) 1.75L Black Panther

17. Miniatures

17a. No age indication

Fine champagne Grande champagne Grande champagne? No?

17b. Stars

Two stars grande champagne 3cl, 3 star, 70 proof  10 years old  3cl, 3 stars different cap and with extra text underneath 3cl Sélection, 3 stars 3 stars 5cl, slighly different cap 5cl, slightly different cap  3 stars, different cap 3 stars, different cap 5cl different cap  3 stars, different cap  With 40% in red underneath 5cl, slightly different cap  Without 'Meukow' in big letters above main label; extra text under 'Meukow' (negociants cognac ...)  Blue label  Withe medals on top of label 3 stars, different neck label  Slender bottle Different neck label  Four stars

17c. VS and black panther

VS  5cl VS; content stated on the back (left)  5cl VS, content not stated; lot of text on the back with a vertival ean bar 5cl VS; 50ml stated on front with number on back; horizontal ean barcode; outlines of the panther are very fuzzy  5cl VS; 50ml stated on front; horizontal ean barcode; outlines of the panther are very fuzzy. On the back under 5cl is also the alcohol percentage stated  5cl VS; 50ml stated on front with number on back; horizontal ean barcode; outlines of the panther are very fuzzy. On the back (right side) you there is no 5cl written  5cl VS; 50ml on front; long snout, paws not clear 5cl VS; 50ml on front; short snout; number on back 5cl VS; 50ml stated on the front; beautiful outlined panther; square label on the back with text  5cl VS; 50ml stated on the front; beautiful outlined panther; front paw is lower 5cl black panther  Slight differences in the shap of the panther (viz. the gap between the paws) Slight differences in the shap of the panther (viz. the gap between the paws) Black Panther 5cl; panther not black  Different shape of panther (head and paws) 20cl VS

17d. Réserve, VSO and VSOP

Reserve  Reserve  VSO 3cl VSOP 5cl VSOP  More gold coloured cap  VSOP fine champagne; longer label (space underneath VSOP Cognac)  VSOP fine champagne; shorter label; with produce of France printed underneath cognac   With 40% stated  VSOP very vaguely on the left below; with 40% on the righ below  5cl VSOP, screw cap  VSOP      With an aditional sticker and no engravings on the neck With a sticker; no content stated on front, on backside 50ml readable (below right); differences in head of panther With a sticker; no content stated on front, on backside 5cl readable (right-middle) 50ml stated on front; beautifully outlined panther  5cl VSOP; 50ml stated on the front side; ear does not touch the outline  5cl VSOP; 50ml stated on the front side; number on the neck; round snout 5cl VSOP; 50ml stated on the front side; number on the backside 5cl VSOP; 50ml stated on the front side; e5cl stated on the backside; barcode  5cl VSOP; 50ml stated on the front side; recycling mark on backside 5cl VSOP; 50ml stated on the front side; recycling mark on backside; number on the backside 5cl VSOP, content stated on front; weird head 5cl VSOP, content not stated on front; the eye and ear of the panther are not right  5cl VSOP, content not stated on front; gap between paws is wider; head is not right 5cl VSOP; 50ml not stated on the front; 5cl clearly stated on the backside  5cl VSOP with 'accessory'   50ml stated; in red  20cl VSOP

17e. Napoleon

35cl Napoleon  No content or alcohol percentage on front Slight differences in the head Panther has more colour and more relief and less room between feet 50ml Napoleon  50ml, lighter colour  Dark cap With 'accessory'

17f. XO

5cl XO. Ear of panther does not touch his outline Ear of panther against outline Feet are bigger 5cl XO, head is more round; claws also more round 5cl XO, pointy feet 5cl; different head and feet differences in head and paws differences in head and paws 5cl, not stated; beautifully drawn panther  differences in head and paws differences in head and paws differences in head and paws differences in head and paws 50ml and 40% ALC/VOL stated on the front; differences in head and paws  With a red cap With a red cap and a cotisation mark With a black cap and an 'accessory'  35cl XO

17g. Cordon d’Or

1865 vintage; cordon d'or  3cl Cordon d'Or 70 proof  Cordon d'Or 20 years old; 1/10 pint; 84 proof 1/10 pint cordon d'or; 84 proof; with Produce of France stated; slightly different font  Cordon d'Or 5cl Cordon d'Or; with produce of France underneath Cordon d'Or with 40% stated

17h. NPU

  5cl NPU with 40% stated  35cl   35cl, different colour of stopper

17i. Old

3cl VO, grande marque 1842 no 7  25 ans d'age  25 ans d'age  Cordon rouge; 40 ans d'age  Same as previous, but without the 40% stated  40 ans d'age  65 ans d'age  Different emblem on label; age unsure  Cordon violet; 80 ans d'age

17j. Vintages

La Grande Marque 1789  La Grande Marque 1789; different colour glass  1842  1842 vintage 1875 vintage

17k. Other

Avego 42%

 


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