Here comes the weekend and this rather interesting looking VSOP Cognac by Otard, great story inclusive. The bottle is located in Philadelphia, USA.

The reader tells us that “My husband family has lived in this home since 1923. It was his grandfather home pass down to his dad and now it’s my husbands home. We started to do remodeling of the upstairs. When we got to the main closet that has drawers my husband pulled it out with is hand he went to see if there were any holes and on the side of the drawer was this old bottle. He said I guess tonight I will have a good drink I said no way. It might be worth something. “

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Otard VSOP CognacFront of bottle

The label reads: Otaro Dupuy & C
Schenley Corp. Import New York NY
Cheateau Decognac, Congnac France

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: Seal reals 36-3605707

Otard VSOP CognacTop of bottle with “numbers”

How has the bottle been stored:

  • In a dry place
  • Up-right standing

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Everythings seems fine

bottle3Otard VSOP CognacClose up of front label with “numbers”

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 Otard VSOP Cognac.

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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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    very nice bottle, what are you looking to get for it?

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    Your cognac was bottled in 1940 with 1920 (or older) cognac. Twenty years in casks is a nice touch for a VSOP which only spends 4 years in casks by today’s standards.

    The punched holes in the label indicate the month and year it was bottled. June 1940 – as the Germans were storming through France! Dunkirk was being evacuated and maybe DeGaulle was on the radio from London making the appeal to the French people to continue the fight from abroad (18th of June)

    A bit more history than most bottles…

    I will offer you $175 for this historical bottle.

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    I have to disagree, yes this bottle is pre 1948 as it is Otard Dupuy & Co on the label and it later changed to Otard Sa the code on the side does not indicate to the month for sure and year is questionable. I have a number of this type of bottles and the code on the side of the once I own are D1040 and D1540 all of the bottles came in the same 6 pack crate, so if the 1st two digits are to represent the month there are only 12 and there for can not be the indicator of the month in my opinion. I have sent an email to Otard but unfortunately had never herd back to confirm any of the information

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    $225 – I am in Baltimore so it would be easy to make the transaction.

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    I was told by James on Drinks Planet that the last two digit of the code was the bottling year. It matches up pretty well… but I assumed the bit about the month. My mistake. So it is batch B06 from 1940 and not from June 1940.
    I have four bottles of Otard VSOP from one crate all marked F1151 so batch F11 from 1951…
    The seller could confirm that the bottle is marked with the “Federal Law forbids sale or reuse of this bottle” in the glass which would narrow the age down to 1933-1948.

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    wow already at 225, looks like someone wants this bottle “Federal Law forbids sale or reuse of this bottle” would date a bottle from 1933-1963 and later, the bottle in the pictures is pre 1948 according to the label and like I said before I can only confirm the month not being one of the dates and as for the last 2 digits being a year is what I am going of myself but still have not had it confirmed by the Otard so it is purely an estimate and speculation that the last digits are an indicator of the year

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