A reader has a cognac bottle of Courvoisier Grande Fine Champagne at home.
The bottle is located in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The reader writes “I was given this bottle by my grandfather when I graduated June 2014 with my PhD in biology. The story is that while he was doing contracting work in the Marshall Islands in the early 1960s (he’s a printing pressman), islanders dug out a stored cache. They found these bottles and a bunch of other things that were buried to protect from the Japanese during WWII. He was given two bottles. And he gave me one of them.
He claims that the bottle was buried in the 1940s, but everything I’ve seen online seems to claim it was bottled in the 1970s. I know my grandpa wouldn’t lie and my stepmother says they had the bottle before my Uncle was born in 1969.
I just want to know when it was bottled and it’s approximate worth, so I can get it insured if I need to.
It was such a cool gift and he was super pissed when I told him an online site claimed it was bottled in the 1970s.
Can you please settle this silly family feud.
Thank you so much.
Michael Kyweriga, PhD”

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“Whole bottle, front view”

The label reads: Mouth stamp:
Made in France

Cork seal:
Courvoisier Cognac

Front Neck Label:
Is of cognac brand
The late King
George VI
Courvoisier Ltd

Textured glass, just below neck on front:
Raised circle with eagle perched on a bar, frontal view, wings out

Back Neck Label:
By appointment
Purveyors of Cognac brand
to the late King
George VI

Print above label in gold:
Grande Fine Champagne
Extra Vielle

Product of France The Brandy of Napoleon
Sole Importers
Ambros Inc Agana Guam

Textured glass, on back side, near bottom:
Cognac – France

Textured glass, on bottom of bottle:

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: No


Close up of label

How has the bottle been stored:

  • At room temperature
  • Up-right standing

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Everythings seems fine
  • Cork is protected by a wax seal

cork, wax, sealed

The level of the cognac: Mid shoulder: the level of cognac has reached the middle of the shoulder.

Our reader would like to sell this bottle of Courvoisier Grande Fine Champagne Cognac.

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973. Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.

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