Salignac Bottle Catalog (last updated May 19, 2020)

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

Introduction

Salignac was established by Antoine de Salignac in 1809. He was very innovative in his struggle to to compete with giants like Hennessy, Martell and Otard-Dupuy. In 1838 he becomes the head of a new cooperation in Jarnac, the Société Propriétaires Vinicoles de Cognac (later to become the property of Monnet). By 1870 they were second largest in size, only Hennessy was bigger. After a disagreement Louis de Salignac leaves the cooperation in 1897 and starts anew for himself: Louis de Salignac & Co.
In 1974 they were bought by Hiram-Walker, who already possesses Courvoisier. Salignac is a secondary brand of Courvoisier for some time now, but I do not see many new ones today, so it is doubtful if they are being made anymore.


The coat of arms with the gold and green bands (symbol of the community of Salignac in the Perigord, now Salignac-Eyvigues) that is depicted on many of their bottles, seems to link Salignac to the very old and aristocratic family of Salignac de la Mothe-Fénélon (Salignac in the past also written as Salignat).

 

   

 
Also the young eagle (aiglon) is often used.
And almost every bottle has the signature L. de Salignac, on the label or on  the capsule.
Sailgnac has been a purveyor to de King of Sweden, hence the royal coat of arms on many bottles.

Contents:


1. Without age-indication
2. Stars
3. Special
4. VS
5. VSP, OP, VSOP
6. George V
7. Napoleon
8. XO
9. Extra
10. Très Vieille and x years old
11. Vintages
12. Decanters
13. Limited edions and other special bottles
14. Magnums

1. Without age-indication

With capitals in red (est, 1960-70s) Could be the same as previous

2. Stars

2a. cognaçaises:

crimped cap (st. 1960s) with a paper duty seal label has text below smooth cap Empty bottle with cognac of France stated and name spelled as L.s de Salignac (est. 1930s)

2b. five stars:

70cl bottle  35cl bottle

24 fl.ozs stated 24 fl.ozs stated, higher (1970s) 24 Fl.oz. and 680ml stated (est. 1970s) 1L bottle, stated 1L bottle, not stated

 

2c. three stars with a young eagle depicted (aiglon):

70cl stated, screw cap 70cl stated, line below produce of France is much longer: maison fondé sous la regne de sa Majesté l'Empereur Napoléon 70cl stated; Dutch import No content stated said to be 750ml, cork, import by Carpano 75cl stated, screw cap, Italian import by Carpano 75CTL stated, import by Carpano 75cl, Italian import by Carpano, Torino 70CTL stated, Italian import by Carpano  e70cl stated, cork (after 1976) 70cl stated, Portuguese import by Da Silva

2d. three stars (without ‘special’ on shoulder):

With emboosed letters on the shoulder

40° stated 75cl Italian import by Carpano, Totino Italian import, different import text

 

3. Special

with 40° stated With Französisches Erzeugnis stated Italian import by Carpano 35cl 35cl, screw cap Special light & Dry

 Italian import by Carpano

4. VS

 

750ML, cognac stated below Salignac; rather brown coloured label, two lines of text on lower part 750ML, cognac stated above Salignac; yellow coloured label, two lines of text on lower part 750ML, cognac stated above Salignac; yellow coloured label; imported by Domecq Importers Inc., Old Greenwich CT 750ML (not 100% sure), cognac stated above Salignac; yellow-brown coloured label with L. de Salignac & Co. stated below 750ML, three lines of text in brown colour, yellow label, US import by Salignac Import Cie, Deerfield 750ML, three lines of text in red colour, brownish label, 'cognac' in shoulder label less wide; US import by Salignac Import Cie, Deerfield e70cl stated; Dutch import 1 Litre, three lines of text in red colour, brownish label, 'cognac' in shoulder label less wide; US import by Salignac Import Cie, Deerfield 1 Litre Probably 70cl 375ml and 40%ALC/VOL stated (note capitals) 375ML and 40%Alc/vol stated (note capitals)

70cl cognaçaise

5. VSP, OP, VSOP

5a. cognaçaises (est. 1930-40s)

Cognaçaise (est. 1960s)

5b. VSP, OP

Reserve OP

5c. light coloured label with straight upper edge (est. 1950-60s)

Gothic letter type, red 'S'; bronze coloured cap and blob; Hong Kong import by Pennell & Company LTD. Gothic letter type (est. 1950s); blue capsule; has it lost its shoulder vsop label? Gothic letter type, with shoulder label and duty seal without fine champagne stated on the shoulder label fine champagne vsop stated; Französisches Erzeugnis, German import, Koblenz am Rhein fine champagne vsop stated and 40° fine champagne stated; 40° stated; and with the royal coat of arms 70 proof stated Spanish import (est. 1950s) Emblem placed high on the label; 73cl, Italian import by Carpano, Torino Emblem placed high on the label, very dark colour of the letters; Italian import by Carpano Emblem placed high on the label, blue letters; Italian import by Carpano

5d. light coloured labels with curved upper edge (est. 1970s)

24 flozs and 70 proof stated 70cl and 40° stated 70cl and 40%Vol stated and with a cotisation stamp min. contents 70cl stated; partly black capsule 70cl Taittinger import 700ml stated; import by Preston, Victoria 75cl stated, Italian import by Carpano Asian import; black capsule Very Superior Old Pale is stated (not 'tres grande fine cognac'); with a shoulder blob, not a shoulder label; 700ml stated on the back; Asian import 940ml 33.3 fl.oz. 70° British Proof; 32.0 US. fl.oz. 80° US proof stated on the back

5e. red labels with curved upper edge (est. 1970-80s)

70cl stated no address lines below 700ml stated 700ml, Asian import 750ml stated

5f. red labels with straight upper edge

e70cl stated Asian import

6. George V

6a. Gothic letters:

Reserve George V, five stars George V, Reserve; with 70°proof stated George V reserve, no content or ABV stated George V reserve, with an Italian duty medaillon; 72cl, Sposetti import George V, Reserve; 73cl Italian import by Sposetti; medaillon as duty seal George V, Reserve; 73cl Italian import by Sposetti; paper duty seal  George V fine champagne VSOP George V reserve, half bottle

6b. Modern letters:

George V fine champagne VSOP George V fine champagne VSOP, half bottle

7. Napoleon

7a. greyish label with eagle and red ‘N’ (est. 1950s):

(they are all called napoleon, but some have aged for 50 years!)

Napoleon, fine champagne Napoleon, fine champagne; with a paper duty seal Napoleon, fine champagne; with aquavite di vino stated Napoleon, 50 Years Old Napoleon, 50 Years Old; punctured code through the eagle (ca. 1958)

7b. label with rounded upper edge (est. 1950-70s):

ca. 70cl; emblem on the capsule 40° stated; also an emblem on the capsule 40° stated; signature on the cap 40° stated; signature on the cap; label background is a little different 70 cent and 40° stated; signature on the capsule Asian import, 700ml 75cl Italian import, Carpano 75cl, Italian import, Carpano, no duty seal ca. 70cl; 40° stated; screw cap ca. 70cl; produce of France stated; screw cap Korean import Korean import, almost same as previous bottle, but signature is less wide 75cl, Carpano import 75cl, Carpano import; colour is little different 75cl, duty seal; no importer info below

7c. Labels with straight upper edge and red eagle (est. 1970-80s):

No content or ABV stated (70cl); 1970s With a cotisation symbol (1980s) 70cl stated on the left (est. 1970s) 0,7L stated on the bottom, 80Proof 24.6 fl.oz. and 700ml stated; 70 proof (end 1970s) 70cl Portuguese import by Nunes da Silva Spanish import (1970s); prob. 70cl Taittinger import, prob. 70cl (1970s) 700ml KNTC (Kenya National Trading Cooperation)

7d. Carafes:

Napoleon below the emblem on the shoulder label Napoleon above the emblem on the shoulder label; no content or ABV stated 40%vol and 70cl stated 40%vol and e0,70L stated 700ml (was stated on the box); 40%vol stated on the left; two lines of text to the right of it HKDNP stated

8. XO

40° and 0,70L stated e70cl stated No content or ABV stated e70cl and 40%vol stated; Carpano import No content or ABV stated; Carpano import 40%vol and 70cl stated 40%vol and 70cl stated 40%vol and 70cl stated; with a cotisation symbol 40%ALC/VOL and 700ML stated HKDNP 40%vol and 70cl stated; Asian import With a recycle symbol (1992) 700ml stated Cont 700ml stated

9. Extra

50 ans, fine champagne extra Extra, emblem on the capsule, volume and abv not stated 24 FL.OZS. and 70° Proof stated  No volume or abv stated; screw cap 75cl, Italian import by Carpano; only partly photographed

10. Très Vieille and X Years Old

Over a century, reserve empire; brown shoulder blob with napoleontic hat 75 Years old, fine champagne; blue emblem on shoulder (Napoleon not stated) 75 Years old, fine champagne; blue emblem on shoulder; punctured code through the eagle Très Vieille Grande Réserve Très Vieille Grande Réserve, 70cl and 40° stated

Très Vieille Grande Fine Champagne (1980s) Très Vieille Grande Fine Champagne (1980s), volume 0,70L and abv stated Different label With a paper duty seal

11. Vintages

1789 1865 grande champagne 1865 grande champagne, 70 proof stated 1878? the 1878 looks added and not genuine; Salignac never placed the year in a corner; underneath cognac is text: 'grande fine champagne' and below that there is some more text. Could be 'reserve empire'. 1893? the 1893 looks added and not genuine; Salignac never placed the year in a corner; underneath cognac is text: 'fine champagne', not grande fine champagne and below that there is some more text: 'Extra' 1893 1900 1914, 40° stated 1914 (1950s) 1914, punctured holes throught the eagle (1950s) 1914 Italian import by ditta EU.RE.C, Torino 1914 cognaçaise, bottled 1961 1914 cognaçaise, bottled 1961 ; imported by Hill Brewery Ltd. 1929, 24 FL.OZS stated 1929, 24 Flozs stated (flozs not all in capitals) 1929, volume not stated 1929

12. Decanters

No age statement on the carafe No age statement, with Cognac France stated below 70cl Napoleon 70cl Napoleon, with a cotisation mark 75cl Napoleon, Italian import by Carpano Napoleon, 50ans, Reserve de L. de Salignac Extra, grande réserve Extra, stopper and label more yellow 70cl Très Vieille Grande Réserve Très Vieillev Réserve de L. de Salignac, grande champagne 1865 vintage, reserve de L. de Salignac 1914 vintage, Réserve de L. de Salignac Empty decanter, difficult to decipher

13. Limited editions and other special bottles

75 Years old 75 Years old, with punctured holes through eagle (1957) Fine champagne Napoleon with decanter

45 Red 45 Red with 45° stated

Van Gogh, Sunflowers; 70cl Degas, The Star, 70cl Renoir, The box at the theater; 70cl

Tonneau, VSOP Tonneau with Salignac name plate Different carriage

 

14. Magnums

Three stars, Taittinger import; 1.38L stated Three stars special, Taittinger import; 1.38L stated Five stars magnum; content not stated 1.75L VS, red capsule  1.75L VS, cream coloured cap 1.75L VS; text below is aligned

VSOP; height 40cm (possibly display dummy) VSOP, content not stated; 40° stated (approx. 3L)  1.38L VSOP

George V magnum

Napoléon magnum; grey label Napoleon magnum, 1.5L with red and gold embleme; Taittinger import

Napoleon 1.38L (stated), light coloured label and dark capsule Napoleon 1.46L, light coloured label and dark capsule; Carpano import Napoleon 1.46L, ecru coloured label and dark capsule; Carpano import Napoleon 1.46L, ecru coloured label and light capsule; Carpano import Napoleon 1.5L, ecru coloured label 1.5L, 40° stated; screw cap

Extra fine champagne Grand Reserve Extra, magnum; 40° stated Grande Réserve Extra with an emblem on the capsule; Grande Réserve Extra with an emblem on the capsule and with a paper duty seal on top Grande Réserve Extra, 1.38L and 40°stated; screw cap

George V in a stand 1,46 Napoleon in a stand

 


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