Monnet Bottle Catalog (last updated: Jan 11, 2021)

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


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.


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

1. Stars

Three stars U.V.P. Italian import, 1950s (beautiful metal star seal) 7 Years Old, 75cl stated on the back, 41° (1950s) Long label, Italian import (Fresia) 73cl, metal duty seal with five pointed star 1950s Longer label, lower part in yellow too, Italian import (Fresia & Figli) 73cl, 1950s Same as previous, but wthout a duty seal Dark green glass, US import (National Distillers Products Comp) With a paper seal on top 15 Years ol 3stars cognac; less dark green glass, US import (National Distillers Products Comp Short label, said to be 75cl; screw cap (1960s) 35cl, aged 7 years

Said to be 75cl With 40% stated With 40%alc stated 75cl stated on the back; Wit 'mis en bouteille a Cognac' stated; Italian import, Fresia & Figli Italian import (Gancia); 73cl stated Same as previous, but more green label Three stars, Monnet on a black background, 73cl; Italian import, Fresia & Figli Three stars ona black background, 73cl, screw cap 4/5 quart and 84°proof stated, imported by Munson G. Shaw & Co., New York 4/5 quart stated and 84°proof, imported by National Distillers products Company, New York (prob. before 1964)

Three stars Tradition with Monnet on a dark area; it says low on the label: Monnet Le Grand Européen; imported by Finjé Caro, Utrecht (NL) 700ml stated on the right below 70cl, different capsule Italian import (Canelli), 700ml 1 Quart Four stars Tradition, 700ml  Four stars Tradition flask, 700ml

Four stars, Le Club, 700ml Four stars, Le Club, e70cl and with a screw cap (Italian import)

2. VS

50cl, VS Le Club

VS (said to be 750ml) 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

VO 70cl VO Vieille Réserve VSOP 70cl, 1990s

Not less than 24 fl.ozs (1970s) Fine champagne, greenish text on label; content not stated, around 70cl Fine champagne, greenish text on label; Italian import; 73cl Fine champagne, brownish text on label; little difference in the capsule; Italian import; 73cl With a white capsule and produit Français stated underneath  Fine champagne with Japanese text Grande Fine Champagne, 750ml (ca. 1985) 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 Vsop, also stated on the capsule; with 'mis en bouteille a cognac' stated On the capsule is the salamder depicted With 'Produit Français' underneath and on the back: Französisches Erzeugnis, Weinbrennerei Scharlachberg (1970s). VSOP, screw cap  73cl, Italian import (Gancia) Argentiniam import by Pascual Hnos 35cl

70cl grande fine cognac; salamander attached to the label, black capsule Salamander in gold, not attached to the albel; with a black capsule; 70cl e70cl stated; gold coloured capsule 700ml stated e700ml stated and with a paper top seal e70cl, Italian import; aquavite di Vino stated 1L bottle

700ml stated on the back; with Asian text. 70cl (stated) VSOP, Italian import 1L bottle, stated on the lower left but barely readable

Black capsule; 70cl stated on the back; UK import for Marks & Spencer Different capsule 750ml, stated 35cl No content stated 70cl stated 750ml stated 50cl

4. Napoleon

700ml stated high on the label '700ml e' stated high on the label with a paper duty seal, Italian import by Savas (1980-90s) 'e 700ml' stated on the upper left side; Italian import (1980s) e 700 ml stated low on the label, brownish label 700ml, blackish label (1990s) e700ml (looks like 700 cl) stated low on the label; black label with white lines on lower part of label; with a paper duty seal

70cl Napoleon; Monnet is on the back

 750ml 350ml 500ml

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

5. XO and XXO

40%vol and 700ml stated at the upper edge of the label 40%vol and 700ml stated at the lower edge of the label 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

sept 2019

6. Anniversaire

without additional label below the main label:

No content or ABV stated; Anniversaire in large print; Monnet-part is attached to main label No content or ABV stated; Anniversaire in large print; Monnet-part is loose from the main label; Französisches Erzeugnis, Scharlachberg 40% stated 40° and 70 CL stated+ Portuguese import by Lima Alves (1970s) 73cl stated, Italian import 73cl stated, Italian import, with a paper duty seal on top 73cl, Anniversaire in small print; Italian import 50cl, not stated; Anniversaire in small print

with an additional label below the main label:

No content stated, an additional label beneath with Fine Champagne; Französisches Erzeugnis, German import, Weinbrennerei Scharlachberg, Bingen am Rhein 40% stated with additional label beneath; content not stated (said to be 750ml) 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 Fine champagne stated on the lower label; Französisches Erzeugnis on the back; 0.7L stated at the bottom (not shown here) 40%vol and 700ml stated; FCA; Italian import by SAVAS Same as previous, but with a paper duty seal '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 The red shoulder blob look bi-coloured; 73 cl stated on the back; Italian import for F. LLI Gancia & C. S.A.V.A.S.-S.p.A., Canelli 'Mise en bouteille a Cognac' stated on lower label; 73cl stated on back; Italian import for Fresia & Figli 39% G.L.; content not stated; Mexican import for Pedrages Y Cia 40% G.L.; content not stated; Mexican import for Pedrages Y Cia 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 Waxed cap Red waxed cap, Französisches Erzeugnis (bottled 1967)  

8. Josephine

With content stated in the upper right corner of the label With content in ML and Fl.oz. in upper right corner (750ml)

700ml stated right of the photo of Josephine; 40% stated on lower label 700ml stated right of the photo of Josephine; 40% not stated 700ml and 40% stated on lower label 700ml and 40% stated on lower label; with an Asian Duty Free sticker Content not stated (said to be 700ml); 1970s 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) Monnet Salamandre VO, 70cl special europe, 700ml Vieille Réserve (est. 1960s) 70cl Capiello, du soleil dans un verre, hand painted (1960s) Prince Réserve, Asian import Prince Reserve 1970s, with an Asian sticker on the neck Prince Reserve 1970s, with an Asian sticker on the neck and the salamander in red. 4/5 Quart Regal (1960-70s); US Import by Munson Shaw Co, New York  Regal 73cl Regal, Italian import (SAVAS) (1970s) Stated is: 30 UP and not less than 24 FL OZS  Very very light, imported by Munson G. Shaw, New York; 4/5 quart and 80 proof stated on the tlef and right edge of the label

50cl Le Club VS

10. Vintages

Recolte 1848, Extra Réserve 1858 1858 La Salamandre 1869, label has vanished 1875

11. Decanters

750ml name or age unknown 700ml VSOP 700ml VSOP, with an Asian sticker Salamandre Napoleon 750ml Réserve Limitée; e0,7L Réserve Limité, different shoulder emblem; e0,7L (1991) 700ml Extra Aged, black capsule 700ml Extra Aged Reserve Limité  700ml Extra Aged Reserve Limité with Japanese characters on the neck 700ml Extra Aged; bronze coloured capsule 700ml Extra Aged, Monnet in smaller letters than Napoleon Josephine decanter, 700ml   Renaissance Baccarat 750ml (1960s-1970s) Renaissance with a pepr duty seal (1960s) 700ml XO 700ml XO; ageing of the label? 700ml XO Different colour of capsule (or fadding of the colour? look at back side), 700ml (not stated) 700ml XO, different colour of capsule and with a cotisation symbol

Extra Belle Réserve:

750ml Extra Belle Réserve; click to see details (from an other bottle) Joséphine Extra Belle Reserve, 700ml, green glass Joséphine Extra Belle Reserve, green glass, 700ml, HKDNP Joséphine Extra Belle Reserve, 700ml, clear glass Joséphine Extra Belle Reserve, 700ml, clear glass; with Asian text Josephine Extra Belle Réserve, 700ml; extra belle in small lettres Josephine Extra Belle Réserve, 750ml, 40% stated (1960-70s) Same as previous, but with a Japanee sticker on the back side of the foot 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 Magnum VSOP (content not stated) Anniversaire, 3L stated


Monnet bottle catalog — 9 reacties

    • This one must be the predecessor of the tapered Regal bottles, which are under nr. 9 ‘Limited editions’. So it is from the 1960s, maybe early 1970s. I have not seen this one before, so thank you for bringing it to my attention. The Regal is a young cognac, aged only a few years before being bottled. This looks to be an empty bottle so its worth is not much. If it was a full bottle it would probably sell between €40-60.
      I would like to have a better picture of it, so I will mail you and hope you will oblige.

  1. Dear,
    I am so sorry to disturb you.
    I am live in Taipei, Taiwan, and I am interested in some products (Porcelain Blue Xo and Chateau Paulet Blue) of this website.
    Are they on sale or just sharing the information?
    If you want to sell, please let me know.
    And hope to get your reply soon, good luck to you.
    From Aday yang, Sept 5th, 2020

  2. Érdekel, hogy az 5.C.O első képén lévő ital milyen évjáratú, lehet-e kapni és mennyibe kerül.

    Je suis intéressé de savoir quel millésime de la photo 5.C.O est le millésime que vous pouvez obtenir et combien cela coûte.

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