Renault Bottle Catalog (last updated Nov 21, 2020)

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

Introduction

Renault was established by the 25 year old Jean Antonin Renault in 1835 in the town of Cognac. He made his name by being one of the first to sell his cognacs in bottles somewhere around the 1850s. And already in 1876 he registered his brand ‘Carte Noire’, that is still produced today.
In 1963 they bought Castillon and became Castillon-Renault. Between 1968 and 1991 Renault changed hands a few times until they were bought by Pernod-Ricard in 1991 and became a subsidiary of Bisquit: Renault-Bisquit.
In  2010 the Renault brand is bought by the Finnish company Altia. For some years they only produced Carte Noir and Carte d’Argent, but for some time now they produce a wider range again.
In the 1870s they started to use the emblem with the lion rising from a crown, which they have not changed since. The lion was inspired by the heraldic signs of his family-in-law: Trigant du Petit Fort.

 

Contents:


1. Without age-indication
2. Stars
3. VS
4. VSOP
5. Lion d’Lion dOr
6. Napoleon
7. OVB
8. XO
9. Carte Noire
10. Carte Noire – VSOP
11. Carte Noire – Extra Old XO and XO
12. Carte Noire – Extra Old and Extra
13. Carte d’ Argent
14. X years old and other old cognacs
15. Decanters
16. Vintage
17. Limited editions
18. Magnums
1. Without age-indication
Old Renaukt, Alsace shape bottle is used. 1900-1920s 70cl, 1950s Fine champagne, 1950-60s Fine champagne, 1950-60s, underneath is stated: distribué par Cartaux

 

2. Stars

Bottled in 1962 With Renault printed on top of the label With Renault printed on top of the label, produce of France added

3. VS

24 floz, 68cl (1970s) Three stars and VS stated, grande fine bons bois (est. end 1970s) VS, grande fine cognac

70cl, 1990s VS de Luxe

70cl Carte Bleue (est. 2000)

VS Bleu Nuit, 70cl (2010s) With 'depuis 1835' embossed on the glass, bottle has an indentation on the lower part, 70cl (2010s) 100cl stated 1L, not stated  50cl 35cl

4. VSOP

est. 1940s

75cl, Italian import by Anis, Genova. 70cl 4/5 quart, 80°proof (1960s) VSOP de Luxe, green glass, Singapore import by Hock Tong VSOP de Luxe, clear glass, 70cl

VSOP fine champagne, 0.7L stated twice (1970s) VSOP fine champagne, 0.7L, Asian import VSOP

70cl VSOP, Asian import 70cl VSOP, HKDNP (1980s)

70cl VSOP in decanter

5. Lion d’Or (1960-70s)

70cl, 40° ( in red) 70cl, 40° (in black) 70proof, 24 floz 0,7L, 40%vol; Französisches Erzeugnis (1970s) No content or ABV stated; Französisches Erzeugnis; neck label probably fell off No content or ABV stated Italian import, no tax strip on top; 'acqua vite dir vino' in red Italian import, with a tax strip on top; 'acqua vite dir vino' in black Japanese import With a tax strip, no content or abv stated

6. Napoléon

Japanese import by Heublein

7. Old Vintage Blend (OVB: in between Napoléon and XO)

OVB, 1970s, no content or ABV stated OVB, 1978; 70cl and 40%vol stated 70cl, more brown label, different back; Asian import (1980-82) 40° and 70cl stated Almost silver coloured neck label; no content or ABV stated

No content or ABV stated; capsule is bicoloured (1980s) No content or ABV stated; capsule is bicoloured; Asian import, 700ml (1980s) With a paper shoulder label 0,70L and 40%vol stated, black capsule 0,70L and 40%vol stated, black capsule; Japanese import (1980s) 0,70L and 40%vol stated, black capsule, different back side; Japanese import (1980s)

700ml, Napoleon OBV 700ml, Napoleon OBV with an additional sticker on the neck 700ml, Napoleon OBV; yellow capsule

8. XO

Französisches Erzeugnis on the back

9. Carte Noire

Carte Noire is a blend of grande champagne, petite champagne and fins bois, average age is 12-13 years; (first created in 1876).

Flask, 50cl Flask, 100cl

10. Carte Noire – VSOP

750ml Carte Noire VSOP in carafe (US import)

70cl Carte Noire vsop 70cl Carte Noire vsop, smaller emblem on the capsule 100cl bottle 100cl bottle, smaller emblem on capsule 35cl 50cl 50cl flask

11. Carte Noire – Extra Old XO and XO

Extra Old XO, content 70cl, not stated; Asian import by Dah Chong Hong (1970-80s) 70cl stated, Asian import, different importer 70cl stated a little higher; neck label fallen off, you can see the mark where it was 70cl stated on the left; neck label on a blob; Asian import; different importer

70cl Carte Noire XO, content not stated 100cl Carte Noire XO (Content not stated) 35cl Carte Noire XO

12. Carte Noire – Extra Old and Extra
12.1 Extra Old

Carte Noire Extra, 50 years old; Italian import 0,7L Carte Noire Extra 40° stated on the lower left, 70cl on the right Content not stated Content not stated; below 'cognac' it only says: produce of France follewed by 2 lines of text (1950-60s) Content not stated; below 'cognac' it only says: produce of France followed by three lines of text (1950-60s) 73cl Italian import by Filippi Fausto (1970s) No content stated; less text underneath With a health warning Could be a magnum (?) blue coloured label (1950-60s)

70cl With a paper duty seal (1970s) 70cl and 40%vol stated on the right; on the left side is a cotisation mark

With a hanging emblem

12.2 Extra, straight labels, silver capsule with somewhat larger emblem (end 1970s-1980s):

70cl, in address line: cognac France, produce of Fance 70cl, in address line: Rouillac Charente France, prodce of France; also in French: produit de France 70cl; in address line: cognac France, produce of France; underneath: colouring E150 70cl Portugese import with a duty seal 70cl, Italian import with a duty seal 70cl, address line: cognac France, produce of France; underneath: colouring E150; with a duty seal 70cl; in address line: Cognac France, produce of France; Japanese import 70cl Japanese import by Hock Tog, EAN number on the back (1980s) Content stated, Italian impor; EAN number on the back (1980s) 70cl, address line: Rouillac Charente France, Produce of France; on the back a cotisation symbol and an EAN number (1980s) 70cl, address line: Rouillac Charente France, Produce of France; underneat: colouring E150 (1980s) 100cl, on the back also 100cl and an EAN number 100cl with addional text below the content; Italian import 100cl, on the back an EAN number and the content twice (Carte Noire Eur 100cl) 100cl, on the back an EAN number and the content once (Carte Noire Eur 100cl) 100cl; in address line: Rouillac Charente France and produce of France; on the back an EAN number and a nice drawing with text (1980s) 100cl with HKDNP stated on the back

12.3 Extra, straight labels, gold cooured capsule with somewhat smaller emblem:

70cl, address on one line 70cl and 70cle stated; address on one line 70cle stated, no address, just produce of France; EAN number on the back with pregnancy warning and green point symbol No content stated on the front; Französisches Erzeugnis (2000s) 100cl

12.4 Extra, flasks

100cl flask 100cl, capsule is different Content not stated (possibly 70cl) 50cl, one address line 50cl, two address lines: cognac France, produce of France 50cl, two address lines: Rouillac Charente France, produce of France 50cl, gold coloured capsule, two address lines 35cl, one address line

13. Carte d’Argent

Carte d’Argent is predominantly made of grande and petite champagne, aged between 10 to 30 years.

Carte d'Argent XO; text in Roman letters  Carte d'Argent (1980s), text in Italics 70cl stated (1980s) 70cl stated on the back, Japanese import (1980s) 700ml stated on the back, Japanese import On the neck: lion hologram security ABV and content stated on the front label, with a lion hologram security seal  Carte d'Argent 2010s

Carte d'Argent Extra  Crta d'Argent XO Héritage, made for the 2013 Part des Anges auction

14. X years old and other old cognacs

100 years old grande champagne 60 ans (1960s)  Réserve 30 ans (1940-50s) Réserve 30 ans, with produce of France stated (1940-50s)

Chateau des Cordeliers, Reserve 100 Extra Old (1960s) Chateau des Cordeliers, Réserve Extra Old Réserve Extra Vieille 100 ans Réserve Extra Vieille 100 ans, newer capsule Very Old Vintage

15. Decanters

Age Unknown, 70cl stated, Asian import Age Unknown, now also stated on the label, 70cl stated, Asian import; different sticker on the back 70cl Age unknown; with grande champagne stated; Italian import

Selection Age du Temps (2016)

16. Vintages

Réserve 1810, Caves de la Tour d'Argent 1810 Vintage 1875 Vintage The 1945 sticker does not seem to be genuine; suspected to be a fake Vintage 1910 1989 Héritage Collection, petite champagne

17. Limited Editions
Reserve de Fondateur

Réserve de Fondateur 1935-1985, 40%alc/vol stated  Réserve de Fondateur 1935-1985, 70cl stated and 40° Réserve de Fondateur 1935-1985, 750ml stated

Special occasions

Extra Old, 180th anniversary, 70cl (2015) Extra Old, 180th anniversary, 100cl (2015) VSOP, in memory of Yujiro, Japanese actor (1987) Carte Noire Extra, in memory of Yujiro, Japanese actor (1987)

Other limited editions:

0,70L Eclat, Japanese import Renault Special Selection 10 Renault Avec Age du Temps, 50cl

Figurines

70cl, Italian import Golden lion,, XO, 70cl

70cl Carte Noire Extra, blue 70cl Carte Noire Extra, black   70cl, Napoleon (1990s) 70cl Napoleon, Italian import 70cl XO

18. Magnums

3L, early 20th century 3L 3L Carte d'Argent

1.5L 1805 vintage 1.5L 1805 fine champagne vintage 1.5L 1810 fine champagne vintage 1.5L 1820 fine champagne vintage

Lion d'Or, 50 fl.oz Magnum VSOP

 


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