Otard Bottle Catalog (last updated: Oct 24, 2020)

(370 bottles, half bottles and up, and 21 magnums; no miniatures)

Introduction

Together with Jean and Léon Dupuy, two land-owners, Jacques Baptiste Otard started this company in 1795 as Dupuy-Otard. Already in 1796 they bought the Chateau de Cognac, former residence and birth place of King François I. This chateau and its heritage features often on the labels of Otard.
Being a Baron himself, Jacques Otard has a coat of arms with the text Fortis et Fidelis, i.e. Strength and Loyalty. This is one of the emblems you can come across on the bottles. Another emblem is the lions head. On older bottles the acronym ODC is much used: Otard Dupuy & Co.
They have been official suppliers to the Russian court and they have advertised it with an embleme on their bottles: ‘by appointment to his late majesty King Alexander I, and his majesty King Peter II‘.
In 1930 the company was taken over by De Ramefort and from 1945 on, when no Dupuy descendant was participating in the management anymore, the name was changed into Otard and in 2011 another name change took place: Baron Otard.

[Otard also produces (and owns) the brands Gaston de Lagrange and d’Ussé. These are not presented here.]

Contents:

1. Stars
2. VS
3. VO, VSOP
4. Jade
5. Napoléon
6. XO
7. Prince and Princes de Cognac
8. Extra
9. Limited editions and specials
10. Vintages
11. Ramefort vintages
12. Decanters
13. Porcelain
14. Magnums

1. Stars

Brown coloured glass; shoulder label has fallen off; 'Mise en bouteille au chateau de cognac' is printed in stead of 'Chateau de Cognac'; no castle on the neck label; 1930s Green coloured glass; 'Mise en bouteille au chateau de cognac' is printed in stead of 'Chateau de Cognac'; no castle on the neck label; 1930s Probably a 3 star bottle (lost its neck label); in small print: Wehrmacht Marketenderware ca 1940s; capsule renewed 'Mise en bouteille au chateau de cognac' is printed in stead of 'Chateau de Cognac'; 72cl (est. 1940s) No castle on the neck label and Chateau de Cognac is in white on a black band; 72ctl; est. 1950s  With a castle on the neck label and 'Chateau de Cognac' stated below the three stars (est. 1950s)  With a castle on the neck label; Silva di V. Bianchi import from Milano; 73cl stated (1950s)  With a castle on the neck label; Silva di V. Bianchi import from Milano; 75cl stated; distillato di vino stated and with a paper seal on top (ca 1970s) Otard in white letters on a green-brown background; the castle on the neck label is only outlined  Otard in white letters on a green-brown background; the castle on the neck label is only outlined; Silva di V. Bianchi import from Milano; no content stated; distillato di vino stated and with a paper duty seal on top Italian import, without a paper duty seal, 1960s

1 Quart US import (est. 1960s); Schenley import Otard Special; US import by Schenley (prob. 3 star quality); 1960s

With a castle on the neck label; Otard on a green band With a castle on the neck label; Otard on a brown band With a castle on the neck label; the neck label has an oval shape; Otard and Chateau de Cognac on brown bands Same as previous but with a paper duty seal  With a castle on the neck label; the neck label has an oval shape; Otard and Chateau de Cognac on brown bands; Italian import for S.I.L.V.A. di V&G.S. Bianchi, Milan Round neck label with a castle on it (1970s) Französisches Erzeugnis  75cl, with the same round neck label, but now without the ABV stated; Italian import: Bianchi, Milano  Screw cap; probably 70cl (not stated); 1970s Diference with previous bottle: colours (more gold coloured in stead of brown)  Special XXX on neck label; an emblem on the capsule; 73ctl, 1960s  Special XXX on neck label; no emblem on the capsule; 73ctl     Otard on a grey band in the middle of the label, Italian import (1960s)

With a shoulder blob that says XXX Special; the label has a brown border; the emblem on the main label is a castle; 70cl (not stated); 1960s the emblem on the main label is a castle; 75cl (stated on tax strip); 1960s Italian import With a shoulder blob that says XXX Special; the label has a brown border; the emblem on the main label has two letters; 70cl (not stated); with import information printed at the bottom of the label 70cl stated, label brownish (1970s) With a shoulder blob that says XXX Special; the label has a green border; 70cl; 1970s  Brownish-green border around the label; cap in bronze and red (1990s) 75cl, brownish-green border around the label; distillato di vino stated in black; cap in bronze and red with a paper duty seal; Italian import for Sacco, Turino   75cl, brownish-green border around the label; distillato di vino stated in brown; cap in bronze and red with a paper duty seal; Italian import for Sacco, Turino   Special XXX on the neck label  Green bottle, XXX Special (1980s)  Green bottle, XXX Special (1980s), 70cl, black capsule

2. VS

70cl VS On neck label are XXX and VS and very special 70cl VS, on the neck is just 'VS' and very special 70cl VS, on the neck is just 'VS' and very special (Asian import) On the neck is just 'VS'; 70cle On the neck is just 'VS'; Italian import for Francesco Cinzano On neck label is a castle and VS 70cl VS 1990s  Carafe, VS printed above shoulder label Carafe, Fine VS printed above shoulder label

3. VO, VSOP

3a. white label:

VO 15 ans d'age; est. 1940s VSOP 30 ans d'age, cognaçaise (est. 1950s) 700ml cognaçaise, Japanese import

30 Years old (said to be 1930-40s, but could just be 1960s) VSOP 30 years old VSOP 20 years old; 75cl; 1950s 73cl vingt ans fine champagne VSOP, Italian import by Bianchi, Milano (1950s) 20 ans d'age, with 72CTL and 40° stated (1950s) (VSOP is not stated) 20 ans d'age, volume not stated (Italian metal duty seal with star; 1950s) (VSOP is not stated) 30 Years old (1960s), with an emblem on the capsule VSOP, 20 years old, with an emblem on the capsule

VSOP, text underneath in French; with 40% stated (1960-70s)  VSOP, same as previous but 'Cognac Otard Cognac is printed wider, also the 'O's are different; and with a paper duty seal (1950s)   VSOP, text underneath in French; with 70%Proof stated (75cl, stated at auction; 1960s)  Content not stated (prob 75cl); Italian import, Bianchi, Milano 40°G.L. stated; Mexican import

Without an emblem on the capsule; 70 proof stated 40° stated 40°G.L. stated; text underneath in Spanish (Mexican); fine champagne printed on shoulder label; 1960s 75cl stated, Italian import by SILVA di V. Bianchi (1950s)  VSOP, imported by Canada Dry Ginger Ale; 4/5 Quart; 1950s; on shoulder label VSOP is printed below 'fine champagne  VSOP, text underneath in English (1950s); with 68%Proof stated; on shoulder label VSOP is printed below 'fine champagne  70cl 1950-60s; no ABV stated; on shoulder label VSOP is printed below 'fine champagne'  VSOP; text underneath in Spanish (Mexican); 1960s ca. 35cl  Reserve, Air France,1960s

screw cap, 40° stated Sole importers stated; volume not stated, 70-75cl (ca. 1970s) With a paper duty seal; 70 or 75cl; Otard in gold letters on a black surface; a castle in red on the neck label (1960s) 73cl Italian import by Silva (1970s) Otard in gold letters on a black surface; no castle on the neck label; 24 FL OZS (est. 1960-70s)  70 or 75cl; Otard in gold letters on a black surface; no castle on the neck label (1960s) VSOP fine champagne is stated on the neck label (est. 1960s)

3b. yellow label with photo of Otard:

Capsule with three gold coloured solid bands+ 40° stated  not less than 24 fl. ozs. and 70° Proof stated (1970s)  Capsule with three gold coloured solid bands; additional text left and right of the photo. 75cl; imported by Sacco; 1960s Capsule with three gold coloured solid bands; imported by Sacco (Utif 60); 75cl, stated Capsule without solid bands, screw cap; imported by Sacco; 75cl Bronze coloured cap, 75cl; imported by Sacco (Utif 6 AL); right of the head: nello stabilimento di chateau de cognac - Francia  imported by Sacco; 75cl, ecru label. right of the head: nello stabilimento di cognac - Francia Top of capsule fully gold coloured; 75cl Same as previous, but with paper duty seal 0.70L and 40° stated  Top of capsule fully gold coloured; more green label; text: not less than 24 fl. ozs. stated higher (1970s)  Top of capsule fully gold coloured; more green label; no additional text; 0,70L Same as previous, but content and abv are placed just a little lower  Top of capsule fully gold coloured; yellow-green label; no additional text; longer address line underneath; 0,70L  50cl flask

3c. black label with photo of Otard:

70cl stated on the left  70cl stated very small on the bottom left 0.70l stated and 40° 0.70l stated and 40%vol 0,70L stated; two additional text lines underneath Different emblem on main label; 70cl stated on the right side  Content (70cl) and ABV are lower on the label (1980s) Asian import with a sticker on the front

0,70L; quality of the head is very poor Asian import 70cl with an Asian tax seal 70cl stated on the right side; Asian import

3d. Drop shaped bottles with a red label:
3d1. short capsule:

70cl e (1980-90s)  Less dark label; 70cl (1980-90s)  Italian import for Francesco Cinzano; 70cl (1980-90s) Italian import for Soffiantino, Genova; 70cl 700ml, Japanese import; the neck capsule has probably been lost 70cl Asian import 750ml 40%ALC/VOL stated 1L bottle 1L stated 100cl stated

3d2: long capsule:

70cl stated; red and gold stopper; with VSOP on the shoulder 70cl stated; red and gold stopper; with VSOP on the shoulder; different number of lines on neck Different colour label, 700ml stated on the back; Japanese import 70cl e and 40%vol much more clear Content and abv stated on the back, 70cl. With a cotisation and a recycling mark.  70cl bottle with green on the neck emblem; green and gold stopper  750ml stated; gold coloured stopper 100cl stated, grey label

Neck capsule is straight; 70cl stated with Asian text on a red-orange label; on the back-side also Asian text Neck capsule is straight; 70cl stated with Asian text on a brownish label with less clear letters; on the back-side also Asian text Brown label, neck label is completely different; Asian import, 70cl Neck again different; Asian import, 700ml stated on the neck

3d3: long capsule with lions head on shoulder:

70cl stated; with a lion's head depicted (1990s) 100cl stated on the front 100cl stated on the front in more clear letters; also text on the back, including content and ABV 1L stated 1L, Produce of France printed above the emblem; Australian import 1L bottle stated very, very vaguely on the front, but more clearly on the back

3d4: long capsule with lions head on shoulder and on main label:

With the lion's head on the shoulder and on the main label as well (different emblem); 70cl;  No content stated (70cl)  1L stated 70cl e, yellow-brown label 50cl stated 33,33cl stated 33,33cl, not stated

3d5: different.

70cle, with VSOP on the shoulder label (1990s)

3e. Drop shaped bottles without paper label:

70cl stated 700ml Asian import 750ml stated 100cl stated

3f. Other VSOP bottles:

50cl flask, VSOP

4. Jade

70cl 70cl; different colour of neck capsule and content and ABV in different colour; 70cl 700ml, Produce of France stated No emblem low on the main label and diferent emblem (Lion) on neck; 70cl Different neck capsule; 70cl Jade 33,33cl

5. Napoleon

700ml (not stated) (est. 1970s) With an Asian sticker Different capsule 0,7L (stated on the bottom); very old fine champagne on one line; different capsule; with Asian sticker  Otard Dupuy & Co. Content stated on bottom: 0.7L (1970s) Asian import 0,7L napoleon, traditionellement vieilli with a sticker; Asian import 0,7L, the text 'traditionellement vieilli' is left off 0,70l and 40%vol stated; no emblem above 'cognac' but 'established 1795'; 0,70l and 40° stated; no emblem above 'cognac' but established 1795; on the back: TTWMR ROC (Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau) No emblem above 'cognac' but established 1795; Bahrain Duty Not Paid.

Napoleon with Jade stated on the shoulder; 70cl stated on the left side and 40%vol on the right;

70cl stated on the left side and 40%vol on the right in smaller letters; under Otard is printed: 'Extra Fine Cognac' 70cl stated; Dutch import by Siebrand, Ijsselmuiden '70cl e' stated on the left side and 40%vol on the right in smaller letters; under Otard is printed: 'Extra Fine Cognac'; on the back: Sopline Tax Free Traders S.A. (1990s) Same as previous, but with an 'L' printed before the volume; Asian import '70cl' stated on the left side and 40%vol on the right in smaller letters; under Otard is printed: 'Extra Fine Cognac' and 'Bahrain Airport Tax Free Shop'; nothing on the back (1980s)

Long capsule around the neck; below Otard is text: au chateau de Cognac depuis 1795'; 70cl. Almost black glass; label much darker; more text on neck capsule   Label more green; 70cl and 40% are much more clear and bigger 33,33cl stated

Cognac is printed under Otard and with a lions head above Otard; 70cl; green glass and label The bands on the capsule are different

6. XO

XO, bronze stopper (1970s); 70cl (back-side in English) XO; paper seal on top; 70cl 70cl, with a cotisatiom sign on the back (text in French) 70cl, bronze coloured stopper and letters (text on back-side in French, no cotisation sign) 70cl, gold coloured stopper and letters (text on back-side in French)  24 FL OZ stated on the back  Asian import, click to see back (700ml, not stated)  750ml, stated on the back

XO stated on the shoulder and with an emblem; no content stated on the back 70cl, stated on the back 70cl and 40%vol stated on the back (different typeface is used); with a cotisation mark 70cl, with a paper duty seal; Italian import for Martini & Rossi  Asian text on the neck; 700ml stated  70cl, Hong-Kong import for Hagemeyer - Morison 70cl Malaysian Duty Not Paid; Jardine Wines & Spirits SDN BHD  700ml Asian import  70cl Französisches Erzeugnis, stated on the back 70cl stated on the back; Duty Free Shops, Bangkok Airport 70cl, imported by Top Line Tax Free Traders (see back); 1979 750ml, stated on the box; USA bottle  70cl, Asian import, different back  100cl bottle, Bangkok Downtown Shop 1L bottle, Quality Brands International (Aust); 1990s

70cl XO, no emblem, Singapore Duty Not Paid

XO Special; 70cl XO Gold; box around 'gold'; 70cle content not stated, said to be 70cle XO Gold; XO on the neck has a different colour and the emblem on the neck is different. 70cle e70cl, Italian import+ glass is different, not smooth but segmented Gold, 70cl (XO not mentioned) 375ml (not stated) 33,33cl stated 33,33cl stated; different neck

70cl bottle XO Gold 70cl Japanese import 1L bottle XO Gold XO Gold, Precious edition; yellow ring on stopper XO Gold, Precious edition; bronze ring on stopper; XO Gold, Precious Edition; different colour of the bottle

7. Prince and Princes de Cognac

Princes de Cognac on the paper label:

Princes de Cognac; 70cl; 40% stated on the left below Same as previous but with a paper duty seal on top Princes de Cognac; 70cl; 40% stated on the middle below Princes de Cognac; 70cl; 40% stated on the middle below; with a paper duty seal Princes de Cognac; 70cl; 40% stated on the middle below; no metal on the cap 40° and 0,75L stated  Princes de Cognac; 70cl; information on the importer below, Sacco, Torino  75cl Italian import by Silva & Bianchi, Milano (1960s)  75cl; right is 'gr. 40' stated; Italian import by Silva & Bianchi, Milano (1960s) 75cl, golden label and stopper

Prince de Cognac on the shoulder:

Prince de Cognac, 0,70cl; grey stopper  Prince de Cognac, 0,70cl; gold coloured stopper Vieille Fine Cognac; additional text above 'Chateau de Cognac'  Vieille Fine Cognac; different stopper; ABV and content placed higher

Princes de Cognac on the shoulder:

750ml stated, vieille fine cognac Vieille fine cognac; 750mL stated in the middle 750ml and 80 proof sttaed; vieille champagne cognac

8. Extra

Otard Extra 60 ans Probably also an Extra with neck labels fallen off; 72 CTL and 40% stated (1947-1949)

Extra, 70cl; no emblem on the shoulder  70cl, with emblem on the shoulder  70cl stated on the back, differently 70cl Italian import by Soffiantino, Genova 70cl Portuguese import (Lisboa) 70cl Extra, imported by Jardine Otard Wines and Spirits, Singapore 700ml Taiwan import, Taiwan Tobacco & Wine Monopoly Bureau 700ml Japanese import

0.7L stated on the back on a see-through sticker (2006)  Content not stated, saisd to be 70cl (UK sticker on the back) 0,7L Polish import by Bacardi-Martini (click to see back-side) 70cl, with a paper duty seal (Green stopper? Probably colour effect from the box)

9. Limited editions and specials

Second half 19th century (est. 1860-70s); with double-oil or mineral finish, made with a three-part mold; possibly 1815 vintage Second half 19th century (est. 1870s), brandy finish Very old bottle ODC (Otard Dupuy & Co) Reserve 1900 Estimated 1950s Charles X Charles X, Italian import with text underneath and a paper duty seal  Réserve Charles X Réserve Charles X, different capsule Reserve Particuliere Réserve Spéciale du Maître de Chai, 70cl Chateau François I (1979) 950cm3 Conac, Industria Argentina Reserve du Maitre de Chai (70cl, 1980s) Baron Otard Exception 50cl natural strenght, 55% 50cl natural strenght, 55%; 'e' after 50cl is bigger and more distance between 55% and 'Vol'. With a paper duty seal on top; Zcech import, Prague Malaysian import Cognac for long drinks  50cl  Otard flask 113cl; imported by Hall, Cutlack and Harlock (1930s) 70cl; different lines and text on neck capsule (commemorative edition, 100 years advertizing) 200 ans, vsop  20 years old (called demijohn on auction; contents unknown)  3L tonneau

10. Vintages

Otard Dupuy & Co.:

Otard Dupuy 1725 Otard Dupuy 1744 Otard Dupuy 1768 Otard Dupuy 1796; bottled 1900 Otard Dupuy 1808; bottled 1905 1812 1815 GC (Gde Champagne stated on the neck) Otard Dupuy Réserve 1820 1825, Charles Dix, Collection Otard Dupuy 1836 1854 fine champagne  1865  Réserve 1865  1865 with an additional sticker beneath the main label  1865 Reserve 1875 Liqueur cognac imported by Shaw & Cockell, Wakefield (1940s) 1875; 'England' stated  Otard 1878 Reserve 1878, different closure 1878 Reserve  1878 Reserve, different model bottle and different neck label  1900 Reserve  1938, landed 1940 and bottled 1955 by Quellyn Roberts & Co

Otard:

1880, old model bottle 1900 Old Liqueur Brandy, imported by Ferguson's Limited, Reading 1904, bottled by W&S Strong, Dundee in the 1940s 1906 (landed 1907, bottled 1936) by Mitghells & Butlers Ltd 1914 Otards Liqueur Brandy 1917, 24 fl oz. 1917, 24 fl oz.; with a Portuguese stamp on it 1928 Fine Old Cognac 1929 fine old cognac 1934; bottled 1964 1937 Fine Champagne; Saccone & Speed, London 1937 (b. 1960s)  1938 1948, bottled 1975. Christopher's Old Landed Cognac (landed 1959) 1948 Petite Champagne, bottled 1969; Harvey's 1951, landed 1952, bottled 1972; 68cl 1951, landed 1952, bottled 1972; 68cl, different colour of the cap 1952 early landed, imported 1953, Rebottled 1993; white corked cap 1952 early landed, imported 1953, Rebottled 1993; black waxed cap 1960; landed 1961, bottled 1986 1960, same as previous, but with a paper duty seal  1972, petite champagne Baron Otard; 700ml stated on the back 1975 GC

11. Ramefort Vintages

12. Decanters

 70cl, Korean import; black neck Same, but with a paper duty seal on top (Italian import) (1970s) 0,70L (not stated) Napoleon 0,70L (stated) Napoleon 70cl Nap, Italian import (Soffiantino) with a blue hanging card (1990s)  Otard napoleon decanter, 700ml, Asian import  70cl Vieille Fine Champagne  70cl XO, no foot; St. Louis crystal (1970s) 70cl XO, different neck capsule, no foot 70cl XO, on a foot 70cl XO, slightly different foot (different from the XO) Different neck  Private Archives Used for the 200 year anniversary (1795-1995) 30 Years old Over 30 years old, with a plaquette hanging around the neck (1950s?) 70 Years old (Extra) François I Asian import; Sime Darby sole importers  François I, without paper label François I, without paper label; capsule is different François I, without paper label; capsule is even longer while bronze coloured part is less high With a paper duty seal on top Fortis et Fidelis, 70cl

13. Porcelain

Otard 70cl. DYL Porcelaine. No pendant  Otard Extra, 70cl. DYL Porcelaine.  Otard Extra, 70cl. De Haviland Porcelaine. Otard Extra, 70cl. De Haviland Porcelaine; with a Japanese sticker on the back  De Haviland porcelain  70cl Extra

Tharaud limoges, 70cl the little branches are pointing the other way; Tharaud limoges, 70cl; stopper is a cup  Tharaud limoges, 70cl; stopper is a cup; duty free; branches pointing the other way Left little branch (left shoulder of bottle) is pointing the other way  Tharaud limoges, 70cl; different stopper (colour is off, left little branch is pointed to the other side; is this original?) 70cl Extra fine cognac Napoleon; Tharaud limoges (est. 1980-90s) François I, 70cl François I, 70cl Marriage set, 70cl. The angel goes on top (the cork).  Two little differences with previous one: the stopper and the golden paintings at the foot of the angel. 

South Gate

14. Magnums

ca 4-4,5L distilled 1900s (1950s)

3st magnum (content not stated) 3st Magnum  1,13L (40 Fl.oz.) three star special 1.5L three stars special 1.5L three star special 1.5L Exception (2012)

VSOP magnum in a stand, Mexican import  1.90L 20 years old fine champagne (VSOP not stated, see next bottle) 1.9L 20 Years Old (1950s) 2L VSOP 3L 20 years old; content is an estimation (height 37.5cm, circumference 58cm) 1.5L VSOP 3L Jeroboam, VSOP (content stated at the bottom) 3L VSOP 3L VSOP in a stand 3.78L VSOP (1 Gallon) 3L 30 Years old (est. 1930s)

1.5L Princes de Cognac 1.4L Princes de Cognac with 40° stated

150cl XO, Malaysian import by Ardine Wines and Spirits, Malaysian Duty not Paid 150cl, Bangkok import, Duty Free Shops

 


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Otard bottle library — 5 reacties

  1. Hello,
    Thought you would be interested in seeing this very early Otard bottle probably made for the English or American market. This black glass bottle was made in the 1st quarter of the 19th C, beautiful condition, and, the label is real. I cannot tell the printing method. I think it is hand done with stencil. Dated in ink 1815.Found in an early Period building in Montpellier Vermont thirty years ago. Your system wouldn’t allow an image.

    • Hello Jim,

      My website allows photo’s up to 1Mb. Photo’s can be reduced in size by using programs like Paint.
      But I will send you an e-mail to facilitate sending photo’s to me.

      Sincere regards,
      Ton

  2. Hello,
    I came across your lovely site. Thought you would be interested in seeing this very early Otard bottle probably made for the English or American market. This black glass bottle was made in the 1st quarter of the 19th C, beautiful condition, and, the label is real. I cannot tell the printing method. I think it is hand done with stencil. Dated in ink 1815. Your system wouldn’t allow an image

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