Otard Bottle Catalog (last updated: Oct 19, 2019)

(297 bottles; only regular size bottles from 50cl and up and 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. 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

'Mise en bouteille au chateau de cognac' is printed in stead of 'Chateau de Cognac'; 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  With a castle on the neck label, only outlined The castle on the neck label has more detail and 'Chateau de Cognac' stated below the three stars (est. 1950s)  Also a more detailed castle on the neck label; Silva di V. Bianchi import from Milano; 73cl stated (1950s)  Also a more detailed 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)  Silva di V. Bianchi import from Milano; no content stated; distillato di vino stated and with a paper duty seal on top No castle on the neck label and Chateau de Cognac is in white on a black band; 72ctl

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; 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

On neck label are XXX and VS and very special 70cl VS, on the neck is just 'VS' and very special (Asian import) On the neck is just 'VS'; Italian import for Francesco Cinzano On neck label is a castle and VS 70cl VS 1990s  Carafe, no text above shoulder label Carafe, VS printed above shoulder label Carafe, Fine VS printed above shoulder label

3. VSOP

3a. white label:

700ml cognaçaise, Japanese import

30 Years old (said to be 1930-40s, but could just be 1960s) VSOP 30 years old 30 Years old (1960s) VSOP, 20 years old VSOP 20 years old; 75cl; 1950s 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  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  VSOP; text underneath in Spanish (Mexican); fine champagne printed on shoulder label; 1960s  VSOP, imported by Canada Dry Ginger Ale; 4/5 Quart; 1950s 70 or 75cl; Otard in gold letters on a black surface (1960s) 70 or 75cl; Otard in gold letters on a black surface (1960s); without 'Cognac Otard' in white letters on the neck label

3b. yellow label with photo of Otard:

Capsule with three gold coloured solid bands 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)  imported by Sacco; 75cl, ecru label Top of capsule fully gold coloured; 75cl 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)

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   70cl Asian import  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 70cl; different lines and text on neck capsule (commemorative edition, 100 years) 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 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

3d3: long capsule with lions head on shoulder:

70cl stated; with a lion's head depicted 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 50cl stated

3e. Drop shaped bottles without paper label:

70cl stated 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 No emblem low on the main label and diferent emblem (Lion) on neck; 70cl Different neck capsule; 70cl

5. Napoleon

Otard Dupuy & Co. Content stated on bottom: 0.7L (1970s)  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' Lon capsule around the neck; cognac is printed above Otard. 70cl.   Almost black glass; label much darker; more text on neck capsule   Label more green; 70cl and 40% are much more clear and bigger  Cognac is printed under 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  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

XO Special; 70cl XO Gold; box around 'gold'; 70cl XO Gold; XO on the neck has a different colour and the emblem on the neck is different. 70cl Different emblem on the neck; content not stated, said to be 70cl Gold, 70cl (XO not mentioned)

1L bottle XO Gold 70cl 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; 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  Princes de Cognac; 70cl; information on the importer below, Sacco, Torino 75cl, golden label 75cl Italian import by Silva & Bianchi, Milano (1960s)   75cl; right is 'gr. 40' stated; Italian import by Silva & Bianchi, Milano (1960s)  Prince de Cognac, 0,70cl; grey stopper  Prince de Cognac, 0,70cl; gold coloured stopper  Different stopper; ABV and content placed higher and different text above 'Chateau de 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  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

ca. 1850s Very old bottle ODC (Otard Dupuy & Co) Reserve 1900 Charles X Charles X, Italian import with text underneath and a paper duty seal  Estimated 1950s  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) 200 ans, vsop  20 years old (called demijohn on auction; contents unknown)

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) 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; 'England' stated  Otard 1878  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 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 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  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 (diferent from the XO) Different neck  Private Archives 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.  De Haviland porcelain  70cl Extra

Tharaud limoges, 70cl  Tharaud limoges, 70cl; stopper is a cup; duty free 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

1.5L three stars special 1.5L Exception (2012) 1.5L VSOP 1.5L Princes de Cognac 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) 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)

 


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