Prince Hubert de Polignac Bottle Catalog (last updated June 8, 2019)

221 bottles, but still incomplete (only half bottles and up)

Introduction

Prince Hubert de Polignac is one of the two most important brand names of Unicoop. The other one is H. Mounier. It was the H. Mounier company (established in 1858) who in 1947 obtained the right to use the name Prince Hubert de Polignac from Hubert de Polignac, a descendant of an illustrious French aristocratic family. They bought the name and coat of arms of the family. Mounier joined forces with Unicoop in 1960 (not 1969 as some sources claim).
In 1959 the brand became official supplier to the Royal Court of Denmark. Proudly they showed it by putting a little label around neck with the statement ‘Fournisseur de la Cour de Sa Majesté le Roi de Danmark’.
In 1960 on the H. Mounier and Unicoop joined forces, so Prince Hubert de Polignac is now one of the two principal brands of Unicoop.
Very characteristic for the old Prince H. de Polignac bottles is their typical shape like this one here, which have been in use for quite some time.
Grande champagne and Fine champagne cognacs were mostly used. Only the lower grade cognacs were blended with other crus.

Contents:


1. Without age-indication
2. Stars
3. Couronne
4. VS
5. VSOP
6. Réserve
7. Napoleon
8. XO and XO Royal
9. Extra and XO Extra
10. Dynastie
11. Vintages
12. Other decanters
13. Limited edions and other special bottles
14. Magnums
15. Specials

1. Without age-indication

No age indication Premier grande cru Premier grande cru with a paper tax strip on top

2. Stars

Cognaçaise bottles:

70cl (not stated), printed on the shoulder label is 'Prince Hubert; underneath on the label: 'Provenance directe de ....' (1940s) 73cl Italian import; on the shoulder label is printed: 'Prince de Polignac'; (est. 1960s) 73cl Italian import; on the shoulder label is printed: 'Prince de Polignac'. Importers text is different, though it is the same importer as previous bottle 75cl Italian import 70cl (not stated), printed on the shoulder label is 'Prince de Polignac; underneath on the label: 'Ce cognac a eté surveillé dans sa distilliation et .... (1970s)

70cl (1970s) 70cl (1970s); the address is in two lines 70cl Italian import, Ramazotti 75cl Italian import, Ramazzotti

70cl is stated on the lower left; Italian import 70cl is stated on the lower right (1970s)  Italian import, 70cl Red capsule; address-line is shorter; 70cl Italian import

70cl stated left of the emblem 70cl stated in the lower right side 0.70L stated in the lower right (est 1980s)  only 40% is stated on the lower left (click to see details); est 1970s. 75cl stated; Italian import (Ramazzotti) No additional text Französisches Erzeugnis

75cl, Italian import, Ramazzotti 75cl, import information on a brown area, Italian import, Ramazzotti

1990s

35cl flask

3. Couronne

Yellow and red label; Prince Hubert on a red shoulder label:

70cl stated; one address-line low on the label Couronne-VS; 70cl; two lines of text below and a paper duty seal; Spanish inport (Torres, Barcelona) 70cl; two lines of text below (different text) and a paper duty seal 70cl, with a yellow screw cap

Label in silver and brown; Prince Hubert on a silver shoulder label:

70cl stated and 40% Alc.Geh. No content stated and a paper duty seal

Label in silver; a crown on a silver shoulder label:

Only 40% stated (70cl) Französisches Erzeugnis 75cl; Italian import, Ramazzotti 73cl; Italian import, Ramazzotti; lines 'Cognac' and 'Couronne' are closer together and the two little lines on the right below have more distance between them 73cl; Italian import, Ramazzotti; Valle d'Aosta

4. VS

VS, 70cl VS, very special selected; 70cl

70cl, ecru label 1L bottle, no shoulder label with VS

70cl, label in white and red 1L bottle 1L, screw cap 50cl bottle

70cl, produce of France stated on the upper edge of the label (from 2011 on) 70cl, produce of France and product of France stated on the upper edge of the label; VS less pronounced 50cl pet flask

5. VSOP

Bronze labels:

On the shoulder: VSOP fine champagne; 75cl Italian import by Paolo Savio On the shoulder: VSOP fine champagne; 94cl Italian import by Valdotaine (est. 1960s)

Emblem on the shoulder. No content or ABV stated (1970s) Emblem on the shoulder. No content stated; 40% stated small (1970s) Emblem on the shoulder. No content stated; 40% stated somewhat bigger (1970s) Emblem on the shoulder. No content or ABV stated; with a paper duty seal (1970s) Emblem on the shoulder. No content or ABV stated; Ets. Beaumaine (1970s) 1L bottle (not stated)

73cl Italian import by Valdotaine 73cl Italian import by Ramazzotti 73cl Italian import by Ramazzotti (text style different: note the distance first two lines and the way the words of the second line are placed relative to the first line) Very similar to previous bottle except for the almost silver coloured lavel

4/5 quart stated; New Yotk import, Dennis Huppert VSOP Napoléon VSOP Napoléon; with a paper duty seal (Spanish import)

Labels with black centre area:

On shoulder label: Fine Champagne above VSOP Cognac; stated is 40%vol and 70proof, also 68cl and 24 fl.oz (1970s); Dent & Reuss, Hereford import On shoulder label: Fine Champagne above VSOP Cognac; 40%vol and 70cl stated On shoulder label: Fine Champagne above VSOP Cognac; 40%vol and 70cl stated; low on the label: 'cognac France' On shoulder label: Fine Champagne above VSOP Cognac; 40% and 70cl stated; underneath: 'produced and bottled in France' Same as previous except now 40%vol is stated (in stead of 40%) On shoulder label: Fine Champagne above VSOP Cognac; 40% and 70cl stated; underneath: 'producción y embotellado en Francia'; with a paper duty seal (Spanish import) 40% and 70cl stated; Asian import On shoulder label: Fine Champagne above VSOP Cognac; 70cl stated; Italian import by Ramazzotti On shoulder label: Fine Champagne above VSOP Cognac; 75cl stated; Italian import by Ramazzotti On shoulder label: Fine Champagne above VSOP Cognac; 40% and 70cl stated; Französisches Erzeugnis On shoulder label: Fine Champagne above VSOP Cognac; 1 Litre stated

On shoulder label: Cognac VSOP stated above Fine Champagne; 40%vol and e70cl stated On shoulder label: Cognac VSOP stated above Fine Champagne; 40%vol and e70cl stated; with a paper duty seal, Italian import by Ramazotti  On shoulder label: Cognac VSOP stated above Fine Champagne; e70cl and 40% stated; Italian import On shoulder label: Cognac VSOP stated above Fine Champagne; 69cl and 40% stated 70cl, Italian import, Ramazzotti

70cl VSOP Classic VSOP Reserve, e70cl VSOP Reserve, 80proof and 750ml stated; New York import by Peartree

Bourgogne bottle shape:

ecru label darker label

More modern bottle shapes:

on the left 40%vol and on the right e70cl on the left e70cl and on the right 40%vol with an ecru coloured neck Only the centre of the label is red, 70cl VSOP Super, 70cl 70cl (the bottle is really that thin)

70cl  1 Litre 50cl, PET flask

Decanter:

70cl stated

 

6. Réserve

Réserve, in the lower left 40% is stated, no content stated (1970s) Réserve Prince Hubert, with a paper tax seal; no content or abv stated 70cl 70cl, without a paper label

7. Napoléon

Black and gold labels:

70cl with a shoulder blob With a shoulder emblem; 40%vol and 70cl stated 40% and 70cl stated 70cl, Italian import, Ramazzotti 70cl also stated to the right of Napoléom; Italian import, Ramazzotti 70cl, contenuto stated in the middle on the lower edge; Italian import, Ramazzotti 75cl; Italian import, Ramazzotti

Red and gold labels:

70cl, Cognac Fine Champagne 70cl, Cognac Fine Champagne on one line (1970s) 40% and 70cl stated

Plain red labels:

70cl 70cl with a shoulder emblem instead of a blob; Asian import 75cl, Italian import, Ramazzotti 75cl; Napoleon on a brighter red area; Italian import, Ramazzotti

Plain black labels:

0,70L stated and 40% (est 1960s)

Decanters:

70cl, blue label No abv or content stated (Asian import) Black label, no abv or content stated 70cl (not stated), with a Malaysian Duty Not Paid stamp in the right upper corner of the label With a light coloured capsule

8. XO and XO Royal

XO Royal high on the label:

Content not stated; letters on neck capsule in black Same as previous, but with a paper duty seal on the top With a 'Malyasian Duty not Paid' stamp; letters on neck label are embossed Content and ABV stated, no red in the emblem on the neck capsule

XO low on the label, letters on neck capsule are embossed:

e70cl stated e70cl stated, with a paper duty seal on the top e70cl; colours are less bright e70cl; with a 'Malaysian Duty Not Paid' stamp; colours less bright e70cl; Malaysia Duty Not Paid (different stamp used) e70cl; 43%vol Letters on the label in red; on the back: packaging award 1983 (early 1980s)

Ecru labels:

70cl, letters are not solid 70cl, letters are solid 70cl, green letters 100cl bottle

Red labels:

70cl 70cl 70cl, with Produce of France stated

Brown labels:

70cl, not stated; letters are solid 70cl, not stated, letters are outlined 70cl, Italian import; it has a paper excise seal on top; click to see. 70cl, Russian import 70cl, Only For Duty Free; back-side is different 1L bottle 100cl stated on the back; Duty Free bottle, Malaysian  35cl, stated on the back; XO Royal, letters are solid 35cl, XO Royal, letters are in outline 35cl, just XO (no Royal)

9. Extra and XO Extra

Fine champagne extra Old, 40% and 70cl stated; the rim of the shoulder blob is black Fine champagne extra Old, 40% and 70cl stated, but higher on the label; the rim of the shoulder blob is black Fine champagne extra Old, 40%Vol and 70cl stated; the rim of the shoulder blob is gold Fine champagne extra Old, 40%Vol and 70cl, with a paper duty seal Fine champagne extra Old, no content stated, with a paper duty seal

Grande fine champagne Extra Grande fine champagne Extra, 73cl stated, Italian import

Extra grande champagne, no content stated

Decanters:

Grande Champagne stated is: Grande Champagne - appellation cognac grande champagne controlée

10. Dynastie

A number, 40% and 0.70L stated and with a paper shoulder label (1970s) Only 40% stated and with a paper shoulder label; paper duty strip on top A number and 40% stated, paper shoulder label and a paper duty strip; different colour of the label 40% stated, a shoulder blob; on the back: Französisches Erzeugnis (1970s)

Neck capsule has a dark emblem on a gold area Neck capsule has gold emblem on a black area and with Cognac Polignac stated Asian import with another look. The pace where the number sits is wider

70cl cognaçaise bottle

11. Vintages

1904 Vintage 1914 Vintage 1975 Vintage

12. Other decanters

Fine champagne Sèvres decanters:

Black sticker; on the red hanging card: fine champagne Blue sticker With a hanging tag With a different hanging tag With an Asian import sticker

Extra and Extra réserve:

Extra reserve is not stated, but this looks like oneFine Champagne Extra Reserve stated Fine Champagne Extra Reserve with a paper duty seal 750ml (not stated) fine champagne Extra Réserve, with a Cristal de sevres sticker Grande Fine Champagne Extra stated Grande Fine Champagne Extra stated (1960s) Grande Fine Champagne Extra stated (1960s) with a paper duty seal Italian import, 73cl

Crest:

Crest with VSOP stated (est. 1960s) Crest with VSOP stated, with a paper duty seal on top Crest without an age designation Glas crest (1950-60s) Glas crest (1950-60s), with a bacl label (Italian import)

Crest in a blue carafe de Limoges, 1986 Crest in a red carafe de Limoges, 1986 Crest in a white carafe, 1986; red wax on top Crest in a white carafe, 1986; red wax on top with a paper duty seal without the red wax

Other:

It says: 'fait main' (hand made) Collection de Crystal Blason, 50cl Blue Crystal Heritage du Prince 70cl Reserve du Prince (70 years old cognac)  1L Reserve du Prince 1L, different packaging

13. Limited editions

50th Anniversary (1981), celebrating the founding of Unicoop (35cl) Age Inconnu, 70cl TOP old pale, Asian import, 70cl Limousin oak  Nature

70cl, Limited Edition 'Hong Kong', XO Extra (1997) 1L, Limited Edition 'Hong Kong', XO Extra (1997)

XO Extra, year of tiger (1998 ) Year of the Dragon, 70cl (2000)

Y2000 bottle, VSOP, 70cl Y2000 bottle; on the neck: Prince de Polignac; 70cl Different back-side; 70cl 70cl, Different back-side (has the clock been taken off?)

14. Magnums

4L bottle, three stars (1950-60s) Magnum, three stars

140cl VSOP 145cl VSOP, Italian import 3L VSOP 3L VSOP

1.5L Dynastie

15. Specials

888 Trunk, (poker trunk) made in coll. with T.T. Trunks (2012) Horsemans Trunk or Knight Trunk (2013); made in coll. with T.T. Trunks


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