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

(146 bottles; only regular size bottles from 35cl and up and magnums, no miniatures)

Introduction

The Monnet brand started as Société des Propriétaires Vinicoles de Cognac in 1838 when several independant winegrowers teamed up under the guidance of Pierre-Antoine de Salignac. The United Vineyard Proprietors of Cognac was its name in English. At the end of the century Louis de Salignac and Jean Gabriel Monnet had some serious disagreements which led Salignac to leave the company in 1897. Monnet became the general manager and four years later, after gaining the majority of the shares, the name was changed into J.G. Monnet. On some very old labels you can come across this name: Société des Propriétaires Viticoles de Cognac sous la raison J.G. Monnet (autrefois Salignac & Cie.).
Monnet choose the salamander for his logo, which was the emblem of King François I.
In the 1950s Monnet became official supplier of the Court of Sweden.
In 1962 his son Jean Monnet, well-known politicus and considered to be one of the founding fathers of the European Union, sold his company to Scharlachberg. After being handed down to Asbach & Co. and then Hennessy, Monnet found shelter at Hine, also in possession of Hennessy at that time. Next Hine, including Monnet, is sold to the CL group Trinidad in 2003 and finally to the French Nicolas family in 2013.

Contents:

1. Stars
2. VS
3. VO and VSOP
4. Napoléon
5. XO
6. Anniversaire
7. Extra Réserve
8. Josephine
9. Limited editions and specials
10. Vintages
11. Decanters
12. Porcelain
13. Magnums

1. Stars

Long label, Italian import (Fresia) 73cl, 1950s Longer label, lower part in yellow too, Italian import (Figli) 73cl, 1950s Dark green glass, US import (National Distillers Products Comp)15 Years ol 3stars cognac; less dark green glass, US import (National Distillers Products Comp Short label, said to be 75cl; screw cap 35cl, aged 7 years

Said to be 75cl With 40% stated With 40%alc stated Italian import (Gancia); 73cl stated Same as previous, but more green label

700ml stated on the right below 70cl, different capsule Italian import (Canelli), 700ml 1 Quart

Four stars, Le Club, 700ml Four stars flask, 700ml

2. VS

VS VS, the band with Monnet on it seems to be green VS, band in red VS, 1 Litre bottle

40%vol and 70cl stated on the front 40%vol and 70cl stated on the back 50cl flask

3. VO and VSOP

70cl VO 73cl cognaçaise, vsop stated on the capsule 70cl, 1990s

Fine champagne, greenish text on label; Italian import; 73cl Fine champagne, brownish text on label; little difference in the capsule; Italian import; 73cl Fine champagne with Japanese text Grande Fine Champagne, 750ml Grande Fine Champagne; 70cl Grande Fine Champagne, no salamander on the main label; 700mlGrande Fine Champagne; 700ml is printed nearer to 'Produce of France'

Vsop, also stated on the capsule On the capsule is the salamder depicted With 'Produit Français' underneath and on the back: Französisches Erzeugnis, Weinbrennerei Scharlachberg (1970s). 73cl, Italian import (Gancia); again a different capsule. 35cl

70cl grande fine cognac e70cl stated 700ml stated e700ml stated and with a paper top seal With a black capsule; 70cl 1L bottle

700ml stated on the back; with Asian text. 1L bottle, stated on the lower left but barely readable

35cl No content stated 70cl stated 750ml stated 50cl

4. Napoleon

700ml stated high on the label e700ml stated low on the label; with a paper duty seal  750ml 350ml 500ml

Green glass 700ml stated 700ml, with ausländisches erzeugnis on the back No content stated 100ml stated

5. XO

700ml XO 70cl 70cl; additional neck label XO stated on shoulder label, 70cl XO with 'cognac' above it stated on shoulder label; main label little different from previous bottle 700ml 70cl, stated on the back XO, content and ABV stated XO, content and ABV not stated

6. Anniversaire

No ABV or content stated; Anniversaire in small print No content or ABV stated; Anniversaire in large print 40% stated 73cl stated, Italian import 73cl stated, Italian import, with a paper duty seal on top No content stated, an additional label beneath with Fine Champagne; Französisches Erzeugnis, German import, Weinbrennerei Scharlachberg, Bingen am Rhein 700ml (back-side) and 40% stated, with additional label beneath; backside says: Tres Ancienne Selection 70 Proof and 24 FL OZS stated (1960-70s) 40% stated and on lower label: Cognac Französisches Erzeugnis on lower label: Cognac Französisches Erzeugnis; ABV not stated 4/5 quart and 80 proof stated; Shaw importers 40%vol and 700ml stated; FCA; Italian import by SAVAS 'Cont. medio cl 75' stated; 'Mise en bouteille a Cognac' stated on lower label 'Mise en bouteille a Cognac' stated on lower label; content not stated 'Mise en bouteille a Cognac' stated on lower label; 73cl stated on back; Italian import for Fresia & Figli Content not stated; Mexican import Invecchiamento 30 anni stated; 'Mise en bouteille a Cognac' stated on lower label; Italian import for Fresia & Figli This seems to be a backside, different from the backside of the first bottle (no cotisation securité symbol)

7. Extra Réserve

Récolte 1848 written on the label 1858 written on the label   

8. Josephine

With content stated in the upper right corner of the label 700ml and 40% stated on lower label 700ml stated right of the photo of Josephine; 40% stated on lower label 700ml stated right of the photo of Josephine; 40% not stated Content not stated (said to be 700ml) 70 proof and 24 fl ozs stated 73cl Italian import (SAVAS); 1960-70s

9. Limited editions and specials

Old bottle (1800s) Centenary of the Cognac Society (ca 1950) VO, 70cl special europe, 700ml Vieille Réserve (est. 1960s) Prince Reserve 1970s Regal 73cl Regal, Italian import (SAVAS)

Very very light

10. Vintages

1858 1875

11. Decanters

750ml name or age unknown 700ml VSOP Salamandre Reserve limite (1991) Napoleon 750ml 700ml Extra Aged; bronze coloured capsule 700ml Extra Aged, black capsule 700ml Extra Aged Reserve Limité  700ml Extra Aged Reserve Limité with Japanese characters on the neckJosephine  Renaissance Baccarat 750ml (1960s-1970s) Renaissance with a pepr duty seal (1960s) 700ml XO 700ml XO with address line

Extra Belle Réserve:

750ml Extra Belle Réserve Joséphine Extra Belle Reserve, 700ml, green glass Joséphine Extra Belle Reserve, 700ml, clear glass Joséphine Extra Belle Reserve, 700ml, clear glass; with Asian text osephine Extra Belle Réserve, 700ml; extra belle in small lettres Josephine Extra Belle Réserve, 750ml, 80 proof (40%) stated (1960-70s) Josephine Extra Belle Réserve, 24 fl oz (1960-70s) On the bottom is Asian text and 700ml is crossed out and replaced by 750ml

12. Porcelain

White porcelain XO Blue porcelain XO

13. Magnums

1.4L VSOP 4.62L VSOP Anniversaire, 3L stated


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