Monnet Bottle Catalogue (last updated: July 22, 2021)

(245 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 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 With text printed in red: 'distilled, produced and bottled in Cognac France under supervision of the French government' 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

Four star cognac, tall bottle Four star cognac Four star in clear glass bottle Four star cognac, half bottle (35cl?)

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 Longer capsule, darker glass and below is stated: Produit Français (1960s) 70cl (not stated), three stars in black; Monnet on a dark grey background; 'Produit Français'; (1970s) Three stars in black, Monnet on a dark grey background (1960s) Three stars in black, Monnet on a dark grey background, 73cl; Italian import, Fresia & Figli Three stars in black, Monnet on a dark grey 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) 3 star Tradition, half bottle (50cl?)  3 star Tradition, half bottle (35cl?)

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 star Tradition, 1L Four stars Tradition (1L?) Four star Tradition, 700ml Four stars Tradition, e700ml; with a duty seal  Four stars Tradition flask, 700ml four stars tradition half bottle (35 or 50cl)

2. VS

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

Not less than 24 fl.ozs (1970s) Fine champagne, greenish text on label; content not stated, around 70cl Fine champagne, greenish text on label; aquavite de vino stated; Italian import; 73cl 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) 40%vol and e 700ml stated 700ml stated on the lower right (no 'e' sign) Grande Fine Champagne; e 700ml stated on the lower right Grande Fine Champagne, no salamander on the main label; e 700mlGrande Fine Champagne; e 700ml is printed nearer to 'Produce of France'

Cont. medio CL 73 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 Content not stated (prob 50cl)

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 1L bottle 350ml stated 350ml stated

700ml stated on the back; with Asian text. 700ml stated on the back; with Asian text; with 'roduce of France' stated on the main label below vsop  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 Content not stated (35 or 50cl)

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

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, 680ml stated in the lower left Content in lower right 700ml stated 700ml, with ausländisches erzeugnis on the back No content stated 100ml stated 500ml 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 XO, 2010s

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 (est. early 1970s) 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) 750ml Anniversaire, modern logo, bronze coloured capsule; 25.4 fl oz stated; Italian import 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 third bottle (no cotisation securité symbol); 700ml stated; Luxembourg import This seems to be a backside, different from the backside of the third bottle (no cotisation securité symbol); 700ml e stated; Italian import

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 Four stars, Le Club, 700ml Four stars, Le Club, 700ml, Französisches Erzeugnis Four stars, Le Club, e70cl and with a screw cap (Italian import) Four stars Le Club VS, 70cl 70cl e Le Club VS with red label and capsule Le Club VS with red label and capsule; content and ABV differ Le Club VS, 1L 50cl Le Club VS  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 left and right edge of the label (1965) Parzac Sunshine Sélection (VS quality)

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 700ml, both Asian sticjers have different text 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


Reacties

Monnet bottle catalog — 13 reacties

  1. Greetings, I recently purchased a Monnet Anniversaire. The most interesting thing is that there is no information anywhere about the aging of this cognac. Help with this question.
    Sincerely.

    • Hello,

      You can read everywhere that these bottles were produced in the 1950-60s. They were to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the foundation of Monnet. I can not think of a year they were thinking of, because 100 year anniversary would have been 1938, not somewhere in the 1950-60s. It is grande champagne cognac. We don’t know how long it has aged because Monnet never revealed this as far as I know. It is not a vintage, so probably a blend of several different years. I have never tasted it, but I have heard it is good cognac.
      I am not 100% sure but I think the average age of this cognac was older than their XO quality.
      If someone else knwos more, I love to hear it.

      Regards,
      Ton

  2. Hello, a good friend gave me a bottle of MONNET XO, it is the same one as the one pictured under 11 DECANTERS, it is in the second row, sixth one from left. The clear bottle with red labels. I cannot find any info, how old is it? What is it worth? The bottle is unopened. So if you could give me the info, I will make a decision if I should drink it or not. I live in Toronto, Canada. Thank You in advance.

    • Although personally I think these are very beautiful bottles, they are usually sold for around €75. Not much seen in Europe, more of them in Asia (Japan). I am not sure when they were produced, that’s why I didn’t put add a date on my page. On one auction they said 1990s. But these ‘allegations’ are often just a best guess.
      I also don’t know how long the cognac has aged in casks. But Nicolas Faith wrote in one of his books about the XO: little rancio, very agreable, good value. Not sure which XO he tasted…
      So, my advice: drink it. You won’t be disappointed.
      Kind regards,
      Ton

    • 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.
      Ton.

  3. 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

  4. 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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