… and another both beautiful and well-preserved Martell item: this is a Martell Cordon Bleu Cognac that a reader from Texas sent us.

Our Reader writes “My husband found a couple more bottles in his late-fathers stash. This is another one of the treasures that was never opened. We are unsure of the story behind the bottle or when it was obtained but would like to get some background on the bottle and possibly find it a loving home! “

(If you also have a Cognac bottle you would like to sell, or you need information about age or value – send us photos and information, just submit: Use this form – but please be aware: if you don’t follow the steps precisely, we will not publish your bottle.)

Martell Cordon Bleu CognacMartell, bottle with box

The label reads: Front, top label:

Front, bottom label:
J&F Martell
4/5 quart
80 proof
Martell x B (??? hard to read script)
Produce of France

Produced and bottled in Cognac (France)
Sole distributors for the USA
The Jos Garneau C?
New York N.Y.

Back label:
The contents of this bottle are the natural product of wine produced and distilled in the Cognac district of French and accompanied at the time of importation by the aquit regional juan d’or issued by the French government
Martell x B (??? hard to read script)

Under back label:
Martell & Co

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: U.S. Internal Revenue Distilled Spirits Tax Paid
The Jos. Garneau Co.
Louisville, Ky.

Martell Cordon Bleu CognacMartell, front label

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

Martell Cordon Bleu CognacMartell, neck

The level of the cognac: High shoulder or top shoulder: the level of cognac has reached the upper curve 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.


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    Bottle in excellent condition and good content!
    $550 + shipping in the U.S.
    Payment – PayPal

    Best Regards,

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    This is a late 1968-1969 Cordon Bleu. Jos Garneau started importing Martell in 1968 (Browne Vintners was the importer before them). In the early 1970s Martell switched the CB to a green frosted bottle with a gold seal.
    A very nicely preserved bottle of great Cognac with original box.
    Value about $500 which is what I will offer you if you want to sell it.

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    Are you firm at $500? Willing to sell to highest offer, currently $550+ shipping in US.

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    Hi Becca – Yes $500 is my high bid on this bottle, I personally think Andrey is overpaying but he collects Martell so he knows what it is worth to him…

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    Andrey – it is yours at $550 plus shipping within US! I will get with Sebastian to contact you directly

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    Hi Becca,

    What did you decide?

    Best Regards,

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    Hi Becca,
    Thanks for the bottle! You can always see it in the collection Martell!

    Best Regards,

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    I have the same bottle as this. unopened and in excellent condition. I found it whilst clearing out a friends flat. We also would like to sell. I live in the uk.
    Thanks Maxine

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    Hi Maxine,
    I can offer US$500, same as I offered Becca, if the bottle is in the same condition.
    The seal must be intact, the labels in good condition and the level must be as high (> 1cm above the top of the wax medallion)
    The box must be in similar condition.
    If you do not have the box I can offer US$475.
    I have a proxy in France so if you can ship inside EEC that would be fine. Shipping to the US is pretty much impossible.
    My offer in contingent on seeing some photos of the bottle.

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    I will email you the photos when I return from work today. Thank you

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    Robin Goretzki

    I just found one of these in an Auction and I would like to know how much mine is worth and if anyone would like to buy it?

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    Katja (Cognac-Expert.com)

    Hello Robin,
    If you want to sell your Cognac you can have a look at our auction section. The process would include an estimation of your bottle´s value by our experts. For further questions, please have a look at our auction FAQ.

    Thank you!

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