A reader has an interesting bottle of Courvoisier Grande Fine Champagne Napoleon – The Brandy of Napoleon.

The bottle is located in At my house. Poland Gdansk. The Reader writes “I bought it occasionally in Shanghai where I lived in the years 1964-1966 at the time “of Cultural Revolution”. Red Guards activities forced Chinese, under penalty of prosecution, to get rid of any possessed goods which were connected with “western capitalism”.
I am the owner of the cogniac for 50 years (for sure). I dont known how long it was in possession of the Chinese.”

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Courvoisier Grande Fine Champagne

“Whole Bottle”

The label reads: Courvoisier
Vournisser brevete de “?” L`Empereur
The Brandy of Napoleon
“?” Fine Champagne Napoleon

“?”- not readable words

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: On the back of the bottle there is the label, sticked by Chinese, on wchich something is written in Chinese characters.

Courvoisier Fine Champagne


How has the bottle been stored:

  • In a dry place
  • At room temperature
  • Up-right standing

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Everythings seems fine
  • Cork seems to be dry


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 The Brandy of Napoleon.

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    have bottle of COURVOISIER COGNAC (1954 or there about) GRAND FINE CHAMPANE EXTRA VIEILLE. BY APPOINTMENT PURVEYORS OFCOGNAC BRAN TO THE LATE KING GEORGE THE V1 COURVOISIER LTD. Don’t know what all that means. Question is: Is it a bottle of value or should I just pop the cork and maybe enjoy it?

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    I will second Roman’s opinion. The bottle would be a real great collectible for any cognac aficionado but the low level makes it practically worthless.
    Very sad 🙁

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    I checked on the bottle shape and in particular the “N” with the crown in the glass. Most of the “Grande Fine Champagne” bottled by Courvoisier had an eagle in the glass medallion. I did find a near duplicate of your bottle in Germany. A friend bought it from a collector in Italy. It has a neck label indicating 80 ans d’age (80 years in casks).
    Yours does not have the same neck label but appears to have the “Royal Purveyor” label (The round label near the capsule). If you can clean it it should indicate the name of the king of England at the time the cognac was bottled. For example “Purveyor of cognac to His Majesty KIng George V” would indicate pre-1935 bottling.

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