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

328 bottles, but still not complete (only half bottles and up)

Introduction

Prunier is a very old and respected cognac firm. They started their busines in La Rochelle around 1700 as wholesalers, but only since 1769 they began selling cognacs using their own name. In 1850 they moved to Cognac.
As their emblem they have ‘La Vieille Maison’ or ‘La Maison de la Lieutenance’, the oldest existing house in the city of Cognac. This house is in their possession since 1971, but they knew the owners and were allowed to use the house as an emblem on their bottles long before they actually bought the house.
Another trademark that is often used is shown here.
Most of their production consists of blends, but they also have made quite a few vintage cognacs.

Contents:

1. No age qualification
2. Stars
3. De Luxe
4. Special Selection
5. VS
6. Hostellerie
7. VSOP
8. Special Reserve
9. Napoléon
10. XO
11. Réserve of the Prunier Family
12. Extra
13. Patriarche
14. Tres Vieile Grande Champagne
15. Vintage
16. Luxe decanters
17. Limited
— 17a. X years old
— 17b. Axel Gay
— 17c. Other
— 17d. Porcelain and figurines
18. Magnums

1. No Age Qualification

70cl Fine Cognac

2. Stars

Old 3 star bottle, Spanish import 1960s 70cl stated, clear glass; Japanese import  With a recycling symbol on the capsule

3. De Luxe

35cl flask

4. Special Selection

750ml 700ml Asian import 75cl 75cl, different colour label

5. VS

70cl 75cl stated below 750ml 70cl 40%ALC/VOL stated With a number on the glass below the capsule No number, different colour of label

6. Hostellerie

Oval shoulder label (est. 1950s, possibly older) est. 1940-50s Same as previous but with a paper duty seal and a metal head seal (end 1940s) With Produce of France stated in the lower left; colour of glass is less green On the shoulder in red: VHOP(?); 72 ctl stated; Mexican import by Benet Icelandic import (40-50s)

75cl, Hostellerie printed on a dark band; est 1950-60s, Italian import 75cl, Hostellerie printed on a dark band; est 1950-60s, Italian import; with a stamp on the label and no duty seal on top Different colour cap and Produce of France stated

The 'maison' is printed in colour (1970s); cognac in white letters on a black band and hostellerie in red 40GL stated on the lower left 70cl stated on the upper right; Mexican import

  INH. 0,70L stated; Dutch import, Hazerswoude No shoulder blob; Asian characters below on the label

7. VSOP

VSOP, Réserve de la Maison 700ml Asian import 700ml Asian import, with golden bands on the capsule 70cl 700ml Asian import; content stated on the back 70cl carafe

ABV and content stated high on the label ABV and content stated high on the label; Dutch import, Hazerswoude 70cl Sélection de la Famille; 40%vol stated INH 0.70L Sélection de la Famille. ALC.GEH 40% stated; Dutch import, Hazerswoude 70cl and 40%vol reversed, Dutch import, Hazerswoude (1980s) 0.70L Sélection de la famille, fine cognac; imported by Colruyt, Belgium (1980s) 0.70L Sélection de la famille, fine cognac; imported by Colruyt, Belgium; different capsule 75cl Cognac fine champagne 70CL Sélection de la famille, fine cognac 70cl fine cognac

70cl 70cl with a paper duty seal on top 750ml stated 70cl grande champagne cognac

No content or abv stated and no cru mentioned two lines of text below VSOP: cognac grande champagne one line of text below VSOP: cognac grande champagne two lines of text below VSOP: cognac grande champagne; 40%ALC/VOL stated One line of text below VSOP: cognac grande champagne; different colour of label and box

70cl VSOP cognac 70cl VSOP grande champagne cognac 70cl VSOP grande champagne cognac; number on the bottle at the heel

VSOP Descanso  Organic VSOP, fins bois

8. Special Reserve

30 YO special reserve Special Reserve Borderies

9. Napoléon

Very unfamiliar emblem for Jas. Prunier & Co.; Mexican import by Benet

40 G.L. and 70cle stated, Mexxican import (est. end 1970s) 0.70L stated (est 1980s) Produce of France stated on the label (upper left); content not stated. Has a neck label with the old house on it; capsule a little different Produce of France stated; Asian import, content not stated Produce of France stated; Asian import, 700ml stated Small differences with previous bottle: the sticker on the neck and the one on the back are different With 'La Vieille Maison' depicted; Fine Champagne stated below the label; Asian import, 700ml

No text on gray area of label Asian text on gray area 700ml, imported by Le Classique, Singapore No gray area at lower side of the label Bands on the capsule are not gold coloured, but greyish

700ml stated; clear glass Asia text underneath 40%vol and 70cl stated, Asian import 70cl, Asian text underneath

Higher and less wide bottle

With an Asian sticker on the neck Asian characters underneath, 700ml stated on the back 40% and 70cl stated on the front; Asian import

Grande Napoleon

10. XO

XO , Reserve of the Prunier Family, very old cognac petite fine champagne; content not stated. No text on the back. 700ml XO , Reserve of the Prunier Family; Asian import XO, Reserve of the Prunier Family, without the filigrane; Asian import, 0.70L 700ml XO Cuvée Royale, fine cognac XO, Cuvée Royale, Fine Cognac; 70cl stated XO, Cuvée Royale, Grande Fine Cognac; look how the the filigrane gets lost; 0.7L stated on the back (1990s-early 2000s) XO, Cuvée Royale, Grande Fine Cognac; no filigrane and less adorned neck; 0.7L stated on the back Sticker on the front, Asian import with a different back label XO, Cuvée Royale, Grande Fine Cognac; no filigrane and even less adorned neck XO Cuvée Royale grande fine cognac with an Asian sticker on te neck; 700ml stated on the back 70cl 750ml

70cl XO 70cl XO Tres Vieille Grande Champagne 750ml, US import 40%alc/vol stated and 75cl; top lines in different order and no XO on the shoulder 40%alc/vol stated and 750ml; different capsule with the old house in red 40%vol stated and 750ml With a duty seal on top Red wax cap, 70cl Red wax cap, 70cl and with a pregnancy pictogram in lower left (end 2010s)

Not sure about volume, 35 or 70cl  35cl XO, Asian import 35cl XO Extra, Asian import

   70cl Carafe 70cl Asian import (click to see back side) XO grande champagne 70cl  XO grande champagne 75cl 70cl stated, different neck and different typeface XO grande champagne 750ml

70cl XO

70cl, Appellation Cognac Controlée 70cl Grande Champagne

11. Réserve of the Prunier Family

In the blob is the family crest; Old Pale Fine Champagne; 68cl 24 fl ozs and 70 proof stated Very Superior Old Pale; shoulder blob with 'grande fine champagne'; 25 fl ozs and 70 proof stated Old Pale Grande Fine Champagne; shoulder blob with 'grande fine champagne'; 68cl 40%vol stated

Family Reserve, Fine Cognac shoulder blob with XO; 68cl 40%vol stated Family Reserve, Appellation Grande Champagne Controlée; shoulder blob with 'grande champagne' and with the house; 68cl 40%vol stated Family Reserve, Fine Cognac; shoulder blob with the house on it; 70cl 40%vol stated Family Reserve, Fine Cognac; shoulder blob with the house on it; 70cl 40%vol stated in smaller letters and a bit lower Family Reserve, Grande Champagne Appellation Controlée; shoulder blob with the house on it; 750ml and alc40%vol stated; US import Family Reserve, Grande Champagne Appellation Controlée; shoulder blob with the house on it; 750ml and alc40%vol stated, but a bit higher; US import Half bottle

Family Reserve, Fine Cognac; 70cl and 40%vol stated Same as previous bottle (the darker emblem is probably a light effect; this bottle has a number on the glass below the capsule Family Reserve, Grande Champagne Appellation Controlée; 750cl and alc40%vol stated Family Reserve, Fine Cognac; 70cl and 40%vol stated; capsule with an autograph on it 700ml Asian import

On top it says 'Prunier's'; Reserve de la Famille Prunier, Fine Cognac; 70cl stated on the lower left (very vaguely) and 40%vol on the right On top it says 'Prunier's'; Reserve of the Prunier Family, Fine Cognac; 70cl stated on the lower left and gradi 40 on the right On top it says 'Prunier's'; Reserve of the Prunier Family, Fine Cognac; Asian import 350ml Asian import

XXO Family Series:

XXO, Family Series 001, blend of 1992 and 1996 fins bois (2019)

12. Extra

13. Patriarche

1960s Reserve de la Vieille Maison, 50 years old; 4/5 quart and 84 proof stated

14. Très Vieille Grande Champagne (successor of the Patriarch)

1970-80s, 70cl 1980s, 70cl Belgian import 

15. Vintage

1820-1941:

1820 Fine Champagne 1848 vintage 1865 Réserve 1893 1906, Fine Champagne 1914, Fine Chagnaud 1919 petite champagne 1929 grande champagne 1929, recapsuled in 1988 1941 grande champagne

Series: ‘Réserve de la Vieille Maison’, 1900-1931:

1900 Réserve de la Vieille Maison 1914 Réserve de la Vieille Maison  1916 Réserve de la Vieille Maison 1916 Réserve de la Vieille Maison, without ABV or content stated 1928 Réserve de la Vieille Maison 1928 Réserve de la Vieille Maison, white and bronze capsule 1930 Réserve de la Vieille Maison 1931 Réserve de la Vieille Maison

Series ‘Vintage’ 1962-1996:

vintage 1962, petite champagne 1967 fins bois 1967 Vintage grande champagne, bottled 2011 1968 Vintage fins bois, bottled 2017 1968 Vintage petite champagne 1968 Vintage petite champagne, different colour of capsule 1969 Vintage fins bois 1969 Vintage grande champagne, bottled 2016 1970 Vintage petite champagne; 59.3% 1970 Vintage petite champagne, bottled 2019; 54.5% 1971 petite champagne, bottled 2020 1971 Vintage petite champagne 1973 Vintage grande champagne, bottled 2017 1973 Vintage petite champagne, bottled 2009 1974 Vintage petite champagne 1974 Vintage fins bois, bottled 2016 1975 Vintage borderies, 43.9% 1975 Vintage borderies, red capsule; 43.9% 1975 Vintage grande champagne, blue capsule  1975 Vintage grande champagne, gold coloured capsule, 53.5% 1975 Vintage grande champagne, brown coloured capsule, 53.5% 1976 Vintage grande champagne, bottled 2019 1977 Vintage borderies 1977 Vintage fins bois 1977 Vintage petite champagne 1977 petite champagne, different colour of capsule 1978 grande champagne 1978 Vintage grande champagne; orange cap 1978 Vintage borderies 1978 fins bois 1978 fins bois 1979 Vintage petite champagne, bottled 2016 1979 Vintage petite champagne 1980 Vintage petite champagne 1981 Vintage grande champagne 1981 grande champagne, different colour of capsule 1982 Vintage grande champagne 55.8%; bottled 2019; Prunier on a rose square 1982 Vintage grande champagne; 61.9%; Prunier on a brown square 1985 Vintage fins bois 1986 Vintage fins bois 1986 Vintage petite champagne, bottled 2017 1987 petite champagne, bottled 2020 Vintage 1988, petite champagne 1988 grande champagne 1988 Vintage grande champagne, red cap 1989 grande champagne 1989 grande champagne, different colour of capsule 1989 petite champagne, bottled 2017 1990 grande champagne, bottled 2020 1991 Vintage petite champagne 1994 Vintage fins bois, bottled 2019 1996 Vintage fins bois, bottled 2019 1999 grande champagne, bottled 2018 1999 grande champagne, bottled 2019

Series with emblem of the house on the glass, 1967-1996:

1967 Vintage grande champagne 1978 Vintage borderies 1989 Vintage grande champagne 1996 Vintage fins bois

Series with waxed cap and rope on top:

1900 grande champagne, bottled for VIP clients in Taiwan 1917 petite champagne 1946 grande champagne 1956 grande champagne 1958 grande champagne

Others:

1950 Réserve petite champagne 1968 single cask (2018) 1969 grande champagne (2018) 1971 single cask petite champagne (2018) 1982 grande champagne (2018) 1986 single cask petite champagne (2018)  1967 Norway series grande champagne 1970 Norway series petite champagne 1987 Norway series petite champagne 1990 Norway series vieux cognac

16. Luxe decanters

Vintage 1920

50cl Napoléon Mélodie 50cl Napoleon Mélodie, Japanese import 50cl XO Mélodie

Très Vieille Grande Champagne, 'Fait main' Cristallerie Hartzviller; 700ml Très Vieille Grande Champagne, 'Fait main' Cristallerie Hartzviller, hanging card is a little different; 700ml Très Vieille Grande Champagne, 'Fait main' Cristallerie Hartzviller, hanging card with XO on it; 700ml Très Vieille Grande Champagne, Cristallerie Hartzviller; 75cl Italian import Très Vieille Grande Champagne, two stickers: 'Fait main' and Cristallerie Hartzviller; 700ml Très Vieille Grande Champagne, only one sticker: 'Fait main'; 0.70L stated on the hanging card

75cl Très Vieille Grande Champagne, Baccarat 75cl Très Vieille Grande Champagne, Baccarat (1959) 0.75L Très Vieille Grande Champagne Extra Old, Kaspar; different model of bottle  Vieille Grande Champagne Extra Old; different foot; 70cl XO 1993

Très Vieille Grande Champagne, Extra Old 84cl XO (est 1997) 70cl grande champagne, précieuse 50cl Prestige Alamibique Classique (1959) Claire (2016) Prunier Mandarin Ducks

1930 vintage, St. Louis cristal St. Louis cristal 1920 vintage, St. Louis cristal; different foot 1930 vintage, St. Louis cristal Claire, Rare Reserve Collectors Edition, fins bois; 70cl (dec. 2019)

17. Limited

17a. X years old

– 10 years:

– 20 years (from 1968 on Prunier has produced a 20 years old on a yearly basis):

20 years old fins bois, 70cl; with a autograph on the capsule 20 years old fins bois, 70cl 20 years old petite champagne, 70cl 20 years old petite champagne, 750ml  20 years old, no cru stated, no content stated on the front; 70cl; no text or house on the capsule 20 years old, no cru stated, an autograph on the capsule; 70cl stated on the right 20 years old, no cru stated, an autograph on the capsule; 70cl stated on the right; with a number on the glass just below the capsule 20 years old, no cru stated, a red house on the capsule; 70cl stated on the left; with a number on the glass just below the capsule 20 years old, fins bois

– series from 2019:

17b. Axel Gay

Cap has an autograph and shoulder of bottle has a different shape 

17c. Others

VO  Grande champagne, cask strenght Said to be Très Vieille Grande Champagne; made for Danish market 700ml L'Essentiel (2020), aged over 50 years

17d. Porcelain and figurines

70cl extra XO, blue porcelain 70cl extra XO, red porcelain 70cl EXTRA, blue porcelain 70cl EXTRA, red porcelain 700ml XO, red porcelain in a stand

Galleon, text on label: Jacques Cartier 450eme anniversaire Cognac Prunier Cognac Galion Galleon Extra 700 ml Product of France 40% alc/ vol Bottled and shipped by Maison Prunier S. A. Cognac , France (1980s)  70cl Galleon, Extra; text is different 70cl Extra XO 380ml Napoleon cognac

18. Magnums

1.5L, probably 3 stars VS, probably over 2L 1.5L Hostellerie (est. 1970s) 1.5L VSOP 1.5L VSOP, stated 1.5L VSOP 1.5L VSOP, Sélection de la Famille 1.5L 10 years old 3L Très Vieille Grande Champagne

 


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Prunier bottle catalog — 6 reacties

  1. Good morning
    Very impressed by the Prunier range you have put on line!! how did you get so many different qualities? As you say, the list is not completed, so by the way, do you want to get pictures from us to enlarge your collection?
    Again, congratulations on this very good job

    • Dear mister Burnez,

      Thank you very much for your compliments and for taking the time to look at the Prunier catalogue page.
      And indeed, I would love to get more pictures. I will send you an e-mail to facilitate this.

      Sincere regards,
      Ton Hendriks
      (cognac-ton.nl/en)

      • Hello Josep,

        That is a rare bottle, and I sure hope Stephane Burnez will give you a response too.
        In my opinion this is pre-WW2. I will send you an e-mail.

        Sincere regards,
        Ton

    • Hello Peter,

      I have never seen this bottle before. Is it cognac? I can’t really read what is printed to the left of XO.
      Does it have any more information on the back?

      Maybe you can send me some more pictures. I will send an e-mail to facilitate.

      Regards,
      Ton

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