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A Guide On How To Determine The Value of Cognac

30 May 2010 19 Comments

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One of the questions that we get asked the most often is how to determine the value of cognac. This one question gets asked quite a few times each week and our readers and visitors send us images and information that makes it easier for us to find answers. That is exactly what we are planning to address here on our blog. Here are a few tips on how you can determine the value of a bottle of cognac (feel free to send us your questions if you have any or would like us to help you find the value of a cognac that you have been saving for years).

The Company Has All The Answers

If you have a bottle of cognac that has been sitting for quite a while and would like to find the value of it, the first thing to do would be to contact the company that markets that particular brand. Most cognac brands have a presence online and their contact information can be found easily. This is the first step if you are trying to find what the bottle of cognac is worth. If for any reason you can’t find the company information, we are here to help. Send us as much information on the bottle you have and we will do the research for you.

It’s The Barrel Age Not The Bottle

Most people save a bottle of cognac for years thinking that it will be worth more which unfortunately isn’t true. A cognac aged for 4 years and bottled still is a cognac that is aged for 4 years whether it is from 2005 or 1980. Aging which is also known as “liberation of tannins” is an interaction between spirit and alcohol. Once the cognac is bottled, it no longer ages. The key is to find how long the cognac has been aged in the barrel and not the bottle. You should be able to find this information on the label that comes with each and every bottle of cognac.

Label Is Extremely Important

The label on a cognac bottle is like a window showing the details of that particular cognac. If you are unable to read the cognac label due to language barrier you can use google translator to translate into english or any other language you are comfortable reading. Reading cognac label requires some knowledge. Here is a guide to reading cognac label for you to better understand how to read cognac label to determine the value of cognac.

Color Plays a Major Role

Although it might be hard to tell the color of cognac while it’s still in the bottle, you can get a fair estimate of how old the cognac is and hopefully gain some idea on what the value is. Lighter colors usually symbolize cognac that isn’t aged for too long where as stronger colors such as amber, gold and red suggests that the cognac has been aged longer. The key here is to determine the color of the cognac to find it’s age, as the value of cognac usually depends on how long it has been aged. Once again, remember cognac doesn’t age in the bottle.

We hope these few tips were helpful. If you still aren’t sure what the value of the cognac you have might be worth, we are here to help. Feel free to email us using our contact form (please make sure to add your email address at the end of the message as well) or simply send us an email at cognacblog@gmail.com. If possible please get as much information from the bottle you have so we can assist you better in finding the value of cognac. Here are some of the the information we would like if you would like us to help you :

  1. Include label information
  2. Send us a picture of the bottle you have
  3. How long you have had it so we can determine the age and brand in case there are no other information available

We will try our best and help you find the value of the cognac that you have been saving for years. Don’t forget to check out our feature where you can compare and buy cognac online.

Related posts:

  1. Guide : Reading a Cognac Label
  2. A Comprehensive Guide To Cognac
  3. A Collection Of Cognac Guides

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  • Judy Harper said:

    I have inherented a bottle of cognac, don’t know it’s value, so don’t know weather to sell or drink
    I have pictures ,but don’t see where I can post them. It is unopened .thank you
    Judy Harper

  • pamela said:

    I was given a bottle and dont know if it is worth much
    Louis Royer X.o cognac Reseve 200ml
    black and gold box
    Product of France

  • Peter Hodgkinson said:

    I have a bottle of EXTRA COGNAC HENNESSY (RENNY MARTIN) with a cert of origin carafe No: UL888
    Can someone tell me how much it may be worth?

  • Rose said:

    Have a bottle of at least 30 year old talleyrand in box unopened upc 050205 100381. How much is it worth. Would you like to purchase

  • Mindy said:

    Can you tell me the price for a bottle of cognac I have? The label says Cognac Napoleon then VH Gerard & co 1832. made in france.

  • Mindy said:

    Can you tell me the price for a bottle of cognac I have? The label says Cognac Napoleon then VH Gerard & co 1832. made in france. I have had it for 20 plus years (it was my grandmothers who passed away 20 years ago).

  • Mary Crosthwait said:

    I have a bottle of Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac Limited number 8616 given to me in France in the 1970’s. Checking the value

  • Mark said:

    I have been re-gifted a bottle of NAPOLEON CASTILLON Cognac. It was gifted to my father on a business trip and appears to have come to me via asia, possibly Korea or Japan. There is a reference to 72 in the asian text on the rear label, so I am guessing that is the year. There are two stamps on the front label, both of which are obscured with age. The glass is green so it is hard to see the cognac colour
    What do you think it is worth?

  • Terry Hill said:

    Ihave a bottle (unopened) in original box of Martell cordon bleu Cognac 700ml This was purchased around 1955, the only markings are at the base of the bottle and read 8G and also SG how much could I sell this for >>???

  • Ben liu said:

    I have Hennessy XO extra old Cognac 750ml with label “L7 283 07 004958”. Box and everything brand new. Can I know the Year of Berrel and current mkt value?
    Thanks a lot

  • Simon said:

    I have a 35cl bottle of Chateau Fontpinot Cognac Frapin Grande Champagne XO Premier Grand Cru. Made for the company I work for 125 year anniversary. Unopened and boxed. Had it 10 years. Would be good if its worth anything thanks

  • Kent said:

    I have the following which was given to us I’d say some 15-20 years ago. I would like to try but hopefully the bottle(s) it’s something cheap 🙂

    1) Napoleon gold cognac VSOP (70cl) with some partial Chinese label at the back

    2) Prince Hubert de Polignac VSOP (70cl) labels is almost unreadable

    3) XO Royal – Prince Hubert de Polignac (70cl) there’s a small imprint of “4265” at the back of the label.

  • Terri said:

    Have a bottle J. Danflou – Cognac grande champagne extra 4/5 of qt, not opened.
    Any idea what it is worth,? thank you

  • simon worgotter said:

    I would like to find out the Value of a bottle of Cognac , Dubois Freres & Cagnon , Revolte 1900 , and or the possibility to sell

  • simon worgotter said:

    Would like to know the value of a Bottle of Cognac , Dubois Freres & Cagnon , Revolte 1900 , and the possibility of selling

  • Jeff Barker said:

    I have a bottle I received from a neighbor of Clos del Aumonnerie, 1893 . The neighbor aquired it after WW2 . I want to sell it to someone that will appreciate its rarity or maybe even drink it .

  • Jeff Barker said:

    I have an old bottle of Clos del Aumonnerie 1893 an would like to sell but I have no clue as to it’s value . I’ve only had it a couple of years but the gentleman that gave it to me said he aquired it while scrounging after World War 2 . He had just been freed from a German concentration camp and had to scrounge till he found what was left of his family . I have pictures but don’t see how to post them .

  • Bennie Thomas said:

    I have a bottle of unopened Armagnac vsop de poursac and had it since 2000. At your earliest convenience please contact me and if you can inform me how much can it be worth ..

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