A reader has a great Otard cognac bottle at home: OTARD FRANCOIS I BRAND COGNAC.

The bottle is located in Gallup, New Mexico USA. The Reader writes “When my mother immigrated to Gallup, New Mexico from Croatia in 1957 she worked in a bar that her father owned. A salesman sold her this bottle for $50 in December 1961 and told her that one day it would be worth some money. So we would like to find out if he was truthful.”

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Baron Otard Cognac

“Cognac in Front of Box”

Bottled by COGNAC OTARD, S.A. Cognac, France

There is also a GOLD Label attached:
Baccarat of France, exclusively for Otard. It is altogether fitting that the House of OTARD should have selected Baccarat, famed throughout the world for the excellence of its crystal, as the most fitting decanter for the presentation of their finest cognac. Two outstanding examples of French charm, elegance and perfection.

A White Paper Label inside states:
a specialement edite ce flacon de cristal taille a la main pour

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: The original red label over the top of the bottle reads:
US Internal Revenue TAX PAID on one side and DISTILLED SPIRITS on the other side. Stamped on the label states SCHENLEY IMPORT CORPORATION NEW YORK, NY and the numbers 321475898

Baron Otard

Cognac Front Label

How has the bottle been stored:

  • In a humid place
  • In a cellar
  • Lying on its side

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Everythings seems fine
Baron Otard Bottleneck

Cognac Cork

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 OTARD FRANCOIS I BRAND 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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    Your Otard crystal bottle is very nice and the cognac is good too. Having the original box is an extra nice touch.
    You didn’t mention whether you wanted to sell it? I would offer $700 for it + shipping costs if you did want to sell it.

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    I am very interested in this bottle. Please let me know if you are interested in selling it.

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    xavier eboli

    I have a bottle of otard francois I brand cognac I would like to sell. if interested, please e mail me and I will forward pictures to you.

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    S. Young

    I have the exact same bottle with seal intact and the original box as well. I got it form my Dad who worked for Schenley in the 60’s. I never knew the value of this bottle and kept it since his death.

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    Katja (Cognac-Expert.com)

    would you like to sell your Cognac? If yes, 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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    I have exactly the same bottle and box. Was stored in a wine cellar. Though box is showing a bit of wear. Pics are available, however they look just like the ones above. My bottle was bought in 1961-1962. Since I do not drink Cognac, I am interested in selling it.

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