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A Guide On How To Determine The Value of Cognac

30 May 2010 5 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
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  • 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

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