A reader sends us a picture of a bottle – but is this actually a Cognac? Could be a lot. We only have one trace, one hint: 4 letters. Who can help, who can solve the riddle?

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Four letters "BG" and "CO": Bottle Riddle From the Cellar

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There is no label, just a fleur de Lys stamped on a gold wax on top of the bottle, 4 letters on the bottom of the bottle BG and CO

Reader’s father had a few bottles he kept in the attic over the years.

Four letters "BG" and "CO": Bottle Riddle From the Cellar

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Anyone any ideas about this bottle?

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.


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    Daniel A.

    I can’t give you much at all. But that is a common shape for armagnac bottles, new or old.

    Wax sealing is also pretty common in armagnac.

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    This is very unlikely to be a cognac as the bottle is the traditional Basquaise bottle used in Armagnac. The picture indicates that the level in the bottle is lower than it should be, this is due to the seal which is badly damaged. The quality of the armagnac may have deteriorated over the years but without a vintage or age is of little value unless we can establish the contents of the bottle. It may be possible to do this but we woulf have to make a charge as there would be a level of research required. db

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    This is almost certainly a Armagnac bottle, I suspect BG stands for Baron de Gasconny and CO for Condom, France. If I am right the bottle is not older as 1947 since this was the year Saint-Vivant started selling Armagnac under their own name as well as the namen ‘Baron de Gasconny’.

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