One of our readers from Texas, USA sent us this beautiful Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac.

She writes “My father-in-law led quite the storied life. Although he quit drinking in the early 1980’s, he managed to hold onto almost ALL the spirits he loved for years to come. They were kept under the bar for all this time until my husband discovered this bottle last year. It looks to have been a Christmas gift (the card was in the box) to him from his older brother. Unfortunately, my father-in-law passed away in 2013 and so we are unsure of the timeframe in which the gift was given.”

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Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac

Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac

The label reads: Cordon Bleu J & F Martell Cognac
Produce of France

Sale Distributors for the U.S.A.
The Jos. Garneau Co.
4/5 Quart
New York, N.Y.
80 Proof
Produce of France

Label on box:
Baccarat
a soecialement edite ce flacon de cristal taille a la main pour
Le Cognac Martell

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: US. Internal Revenue Distilled Spirits Tax Paid
311754011
Los Jos. Garneau Co.
Louisville, Ky.

Martell Cordon Bleu CognacRound label

Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac

How has the bottle been stored:

  • In a dry place
  • At room temperature
  • Lying on its side

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Everythings seems fine

Martell Cordon Bleu CognacCork

Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac

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 Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac.

Please make your offers, ask questions or inform us about this bottle – give your opinion. Buyers please note: We do not accept simply pasting your email address into the comments – please make an offer first; then later on we will connect buyer and seller. Thank you.

Buyers please note: We do not accept simply pasting email addresses into the comments – please make an offer first; then later on we will connect buyer and seller. Thank you.

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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.

28 Comments

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    Hi,
    I am a collector Martell and is willing to offer $ 800 + shipping to the United States.

    Best Regards,
    Andrey.

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    The bottle was probably purchased around 1969. The Baccarat decanter was used for Cordon Bleu gift sets from about 1959 through the 1980s. Red and blue “velvet” boxes were used in the 1980s.
    The box from your set (Blue cardboard with gold sun) is older and the labels on the bottle are a different style. The importer is Joseph Garneau Co. which took over Martell from Browne-Vintners in 1968 so your bottle cannot be older than 1968 but I believe it from 1969 or 1970 maybe 1971.
    I would be interested in purchasing you cognac and I will offer $1,100 for it.

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    Andrey: The bottle is already in the United States (Texas) so you don’t need to ship it to the United States.

    I will offer $1,250 + shipping

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    Ok!
    In fact this is a rare bottle and in very good condition … want to see pictures of the box …
    $1300 + shipping

    Best Regards,
    Andrey.

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    Wow! Michael, such great info….I had trouble finding anything to even attempt a guess at an approximate date. We will get pictures of the box to Sebastian, although it may be tomorrow before that happens.

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    Yes,
    Michael a good specialist cognac! He knows what he says …)))

    Andrey.

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    Andrey means the crystal stopper… obviously the cork is in the decanter but the separate crystal stopper is not visible in the photos.
    The only concern I have with this bottle is that the level is a bit low… Could you include in your next post to Sebastian a well lit picture with the decanter on a light background so we can clearly see the level. We are now at a price where such details count. I may still have another offer but I will wait to see the box, stopper and level…This is already the highest offer I have made on a Martell Baccarat set!

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    Yes, there is a cork/stopper in the kit. Also, I think the box actually has gold birds, not a sun. Not sure how that changes things in regards to age of the bottle….

    Becca

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    Yes, we will try to get a better picture of the level as well.

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    (Cognac-Expert.com)

    Hello everybody, I just added some further pictures Becca sent. Kind regards, Sebastian

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    All looks good – level is a little low – New bid $1,350 + shipping

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    Sounds good to us! Just waiting to hear back from the site on the detail of the process & then will be in touch!!

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    I will match Andrey’s offer of $1,400 + shipping. Less risk shipping to me since I’m in the US.

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    Thanks, Michael. Just received info from Sebastian to complete the process and will be in touch with you soon.

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    Michael, one quick question out of curiosity since we have never done this before…anything that we need to do in order to privately sell the collectors bottle in the States? Just want to make sure we have all of our bases covered for any potential issues/complication. Feel free to message privately once Sebastian has put us in touch.

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    My point of delivery too in the U.S. – Mentor (Oh)

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    Hi Becca,
    Any private sale of liquor in the USA is technically illegal since you have to have a license to sell liquor. Second hand sales like this are tolerated since all taxes have been paid already on the liquor. Considering it is a collection item where the alcohol in the bottle is “incidental” (75cl of Cordon Bleu cognac sells for about $120) and the container/packaging is the true object of the sale is an argument that the transaction is not really about the sale of alcohol but the sale of a collection item.
    There is nothing else we can do to make the sale “more” legal. I have never seen any complications from such a sale other than bottles broken in transit.
    Hope to hear from you directly soon.
    Michael

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    Hi,
    $1450 + shipping in Mentor (Oh)
    Payment – PayPal

    Best Regards,
    Andrey.

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    Thanks for the info. Just confirms what we already thought but wanted to make sure. Will be in direct contact soon.

    Becca

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    (Cognac-Expert.com)

    Just for the record: this bottle has been sold for $1400. Thanks to both seller and bidders

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    William Woehlke

    I have a similar bottle I would like to sell.

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    We have the same bottle, unopened in blue velvet box.

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    Katja (Cognac-Expert.com)

    Hello Kao,

    Unfortunately we don’t offer our auctions anymore.

    Have a good day!

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    I have this same boxed Cognac for sale, the box is missing the blue velvet on one end .But is very good otherwise.

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