We start the week with this Martell VS Grande Fine Cognac that one of our readers from the Netherlands sent us.
The Reader writes “My grand dad had a basement full of wine, cognac and whisky. This is one of the bottles I find very odd. He passed away 3 months ago. I took some bottles together with my family.”

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The label reads: Very Special VS Cognac
Fondée en 1715
J&F Martell
Grande Fine Cognac
70 CL Martell & C. Cognac France Alc. Geh. 40

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar:


How has the bottle been stored:

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Everythings seems fine

The level of the cognac: Into neck: this means the level of cognac is still in the upper bottle neck, normal

Our reader would like to sell this bottle of Martell VS Grande Fine Cognac.

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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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    This is the lowest grade Martell cognac, probably bought in Germany in the late 1970s – 70cl = European size, Alc.geh.= Alcohol Content in German.
    It is really not worth much, maybe $40-$50.
    Sorry for the bad news.

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    Its a Dutch version (Amsterdamit says) and its a bit more worth then 50 $, prob around 60 euro. Just keep it for another ten years and you will double that

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    Yes it is a dutch import. It says Exclusive agents for the Netherlands on the bottom of the back label.

    VS from 1980 is a really low grade cognac (Aged 2.5 years) and since cognac does not improve with age after it is bottled it will still be a very nasty cognac in 10 years, 50 years or 100 years. I personally doubt such a bottle will ever be worth anything because no collector will ever enjoy drinking it.

    The reason old *** and VSOP cognacs from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are gaining value is because such cognacs were aged 12-15-20-25 years in casks and are the equivalent of an XO or Extra today. Since they lowered the age standards for VS and VSOP those cognacs have become mixed drinks ingredients and are pretty much undrinkable straight.

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