Rémy Martin Bottle Catalog (last updated: Jan 14, 2019)
(725 bottles, magnums and figurines, but still not complete; over 450 miniatures on a separate page)
Established as early as 1724, Rémy Martin has been able to climbe to the second position in terms of sales and it has held this postion for a long time now. Through several marriages Rémy Martin has family bonds with Renaud, Cointreau, Frapin and Hériard (-Dubreuil) and it is now part of Rémy-Cointreau with Dominique Hériard-Dubreuil as CEO.
The logo of Rémy Martin is the centaur.
Rémy Martin is famous for its Louis XIII, a very expensive cognac, which was introduced in 1874. With this bottle they were the first to market such an exclusive cognac. In the Black Pearl series they have found a worthy successor, though the Louis XIII is still being produced.
— 2a. VSOP (and VSEP), white label
— 2b. VSOP white label, qualité du centaure
— 2c. VSOP gold main label and oval gold neck label
— 2d. VSOP gold main label and oval black neck label
— 2e. VSOP gold main label and round black and gold shoulder label
— 2f. VSOP red main label
— 2g. VSOP Superieur and VSOP premier
— 2h. VSOP Mature Cask Finish
— 11a. Cannes filmfestival
— 11b. Voyage series
— 11c. Artists (rouge)
— 11d. Vincent Leroy series
— 11e. Cellar
— 11f. Coupe
— 11g. Club specials
— 11h. Anniversary
— 11i. Louis XIII specials
— 11j. Various specials
— 11k. Curiosities
1. Sterren en VS
very old two star:
three stars petite fine champagne:
Three stars fine champagne:
Three stars and VS, petite fine champagne:
VS petite fine champagne:
VS fine champagne:
VS petite champagne, clear bottles:
Most of Rémy Martin’s three stars and VS bottles are petite champagne, even when they have ‘grand cru’ or ‘superieur’ written on them. Only few of them are fine champagne.
2. VSOP (and VSEP); vsop started in 1927
2a1. VSOP (and VSEP) white label, with ‘E. Rémy Martin & Co.’ on the neck-label (ca 1940-60s):
2b. white labels, with on the neck-label ‘Qualité du Centaure’ (ca. 1960-70s):
2c. VSOP gold label (main and neck (ca 1970-80s)
The black frosted bottle is devised in 1972.
2c1. VSOP gold label (main and neck): only text in left bottom corner:
2c2. golden labels: text in two corners:
2c3. golden labels: text in three corners, lower left and right and upper right:
2c4. golden labels: text in three corners, upper left and right and lower left:
2c5. golden labels: text in all four corners:
2d. VSOP, gold main label and oval black and silver shoulder label (ca. 1980-90s):
70cl and 75cl bottles:
1 Litre bottles and flaks (up to 1.14L):
2e. VSOP gold main label and round black and gold shoulder label (ca. 1990s):
2f. red main label (since 2005):
2g. VSOP Superieur and VSOP premier cru:
2h. VSOP Mature cask finish (started in 2012):
3. Club and coeur de cognac
3a. Club (first made by André Giraud in 1985):
3b. Coeur de cognac:
The Rémy Martin Club and Coeur de Cognac are both a little better than the VSOP; of course they too are fine champagne.
All above Napoléons are Fine champagne.
Below are Grande Fine Champagne Napoléon bottles:
5a. XO Fine Champagne (produced from 1981):
5b. XO Fine Champagne Special (came out in mid-80s):
5c. XO Fine Champagne Excellence, fine champagne:
5d. Xe Fine Champagne new look (2016):
5e. XO Grande Champagne:
6. Centaure, Centaure Royal, Accord Royal 1738, Extra and Extra de Perfection
7. Age d’Or, Age Inconnu and Grande Réserve
8. Centaures in cristal
9. Louis XIII and Black Pearl
Good information on Louis XIII bottles is to be found on the Louis XIII Evolution website. They have also a lot of information on the stoppers, the emblems, the engravings at the bottom, the importers and on the packaging.
The first Louis XIII was made in 1874 by Paul-Émile Rémy Martin, although the name Louis XIII was not in use before 1937/1938. It was called Age Inconnu. There seem to be no filled Louis XIII bottles around anymore from before 1938. The oldest bottles could have varying orientation of the fleurs de lys and varying number of spikes (or fins as they are also called). The first bottles were hand made glass bottles. Around 1900 they began producing Baccarat bottles. Prior to 1937 all bottles were (according to Rémy Martin) labeled with reactangular labels with the name Age Inconnu on it. After the Prohibition in the USA these labels were replaced by bean shaped labels with the name Louis XIII brand rarest reserve on it (so already before WW2, somewhere between 1933 and 1937), but the name ‘Age Inconnu’ and the rectangular labels kept being used next to it for the European market until 1962. When Age Inconnu was used it also always stated: ‘Très Vieille’. Around 1959 ‘Louis XIII Très Vieille’ was used next to ‘Louis XIII brand rarest reserve’ in the USA. From 1963 on Age Inconnu was gone for all bottles, in Europe, the USA and Asia. At the end of the sixties ‘very old’ was also used in stead of ‘Très Vieille’.
In 1979 we see the disappearance of the bottles with a paper label, a white top and a seal to make place for the gold top bottles without a paper label. They now have clear plastic labels with gold lettering. The upside down decanter that has served as a stopper until these days is now replaced by the fleur de lys stopper.
I also made an overview in the form of a table that lists all differences.
9a. Louis XIII, empty, very old bottles:
9b. Louis XIII, White tops
9b1. Louis XIII, White tops, rectangular labels ‘Age Inconnu’, pre-WW2:
9b2. White top, rectangular labels ‘Age Inconnu’, 1946-1962:
9b3. White top, bean shaped labels Louis XIII brand, rarest reserve, pre WW-II:
White top, bean shaped labels ‘age unknown’:
9b4. White top, bean shaped labels Louis XIII brand, rarest reserve (1938-1968):
9b5. White top, bean shaped labels LXIII, Très Vieille and Very Old (ca. 1957-1968):
9b6. White top, bean shaped labels LXIII, Très Vieille and Very Old (ca. 1969-1978 in red octagonal boxes and with a card of the battle of Jarnac, in Asia also in plastic-glass casings):
9c. Louis XIII Gold tops
9c1. Louis XIII Gold tops with 1979-1989: name Louis XIII embossed on the capsule; they had red boxes with truncated pyramid lids:
9c2. Gold tops 1989-2002: name Louis XIII etched in the capsule; red boxes with truncated pyramid lids until 2002:
9c3. Gold tops, from 2003-2011 clam-shell boxes with curved lids:
9c4. Gold tops from 2011, vertical cases with sliding doors:
(More on Louis XIII bottles on the Extravaganza site, see bottom of this page).
9d. Black Pearl:
These all are Grande champagne cognacs.
Vintages: 1780 (probably), 1830, 1875, 1880, 1900, 1965 (2x), 1988 (2x) and 1989 (2x).
11. Limited editions and specials
11a. Cannes Filmfestival
All are fine champagnes.
11b. Voyage series
Voyage, Sea Line, Trek and Altitude. All are 350ml fine champagnes from around 2001.
11c. Artists (rouge)
11d. Vincent Leroy series (2016)
11g. Club limited editions
11h. 1724-1974 Anniversary
11i. Louis XIII limited editions
12. Magnums and more
a. Methusalems (6L) and Jeroboams (3L):
b. VS (1.4-1.75L):
b. VSOP (1.4-1.75L):
c. Club (1.5L)
d. XO (1.4-1.75L):
e. Louis XIII and Black Pearl (1.4-1.75L):
14. Rémy Martin Extravaganza
The very expensive and extravagant bottles of Rémy Martin have their own page, with room for a more extensive description of the bottles: Louis XIII, Black Pearl and the Rare Casks.