Cognac Frapin is located in the centre of the Grande Champagne Premier Cru du Cognac region in the sleepy little town of Segonzac, the finest designated region in Cognac. It is the only merchant located in the town and only sells Cognacs produced from grapes sourced from its own 778 acre estate in the heart of the Grande Champagne region. The Frapin family have been winegrowers since 1270 and mostly sold their Cognacs to Remy Martin, Hennessy, Courvoisier and other houses until the 1980’s. Since 1984, when the Cointreau family took over what was then a forgotten brand, it has been selling increasing quantities of brandies. These brandies have been kept in new wood for longer than their competitors, so confident are they with the quality of it’s brandies , the size of its stocks represent 18 years of sales (an amount of 2 to 3 times the quantity of the stocks held by its competitors). Frapin keeps its best cognacs in new oak for up to 2 and a half years, depending on the amount of colour (and therefore tannin) the spirit has absorbed.
1270 (5‐6 yrs) ‐ 100% Grand Champagne Premier Cru
Its warm, golden highlights give it a beautiful straw colour, bearing witness to its time in new Limousin oak barrels. Bouquet: its aromas of vine and lime blossom, with a light touch of vanilla from its ageing in Limousin barrels, promise the aromatic richness characteristic of a great cognac.Roundness, finesse and balance. Length on the palate due to a very special distillation over fine lees, with slight vanilla or toast notes, adding a touch of freshness and originality.
Frapin 1270 is an integral part of the Frapin range with its exceptional aromatic richness. Ideal for mixed drinks.” Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master
VSOP (10‐12 yrs) ‐ 100% Grand Champagne Premier Cru
“Nice colour, feels even older than it is – I would have guessed a 15 year old cognac i.e. between Napoleon and XO, because of the number of older cognacs in the blend.”
Its orange colour bears witness to its time ageing in Limousin oak barrels. The bouquet is complex, fruity with orange and floral with dried flowers. Discreet notes of vanilla are revealed. This Frapin VSOP offers a wonderful aromatic intensity. Frapin VSOP is very harmonious. It is balanced with persistent flavours, including fruity orange notes. The finish is spicy with notes of cinnamon or pepper. “The quintessential expression of the Frapin style. A cognac that can combine with anything at any time, as an aperitif, during a meal or after dinner.”
Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master
VIP XO ‐ 100% Grande Champagne Premier Cru
“Light and flowery with good florality, some nuttiness and good Rancio.”
A cognac with rich bronze tones and a natural purity, Frapin XO VIP charms from the first glance. Bouquet: pleasing floral notes and a beautiful aromatic complexity punctuated with subtle woody tones. An overall elegance typical of aged Cognacs from Grande Champagne. After its delicate aromas, its power in the mouth comes as a surprise. XO VIP offers a palate of flavours, revealing in turn chocolate notes, dried fruit, candied fruit, and gingerbread. The expression is sophisticated and complex, with depth, but without ever losing the original freshness of the fruit. Composed with the precision of a sonnet, XO VIP is an ode to the passion behind its creation and flavour. «This is a rich, complex and evolving cognac in which everyone will find their own aromatic references.» Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master
Chateau Fontpinot XO ‐ 100% Grande Champagne Premier Cru
“Generous vanilla, wild flowers and candied fruit recalling oranges and apricots, accompanied by nuances of Port and the famous ‘Rancio’, synonymous with very old Cognac. This very old Chateau Fontpinot offers balance and a persistant finish.”
This XO cognac is the fruit of long ageing in dry cellars, which gives it a subtle, complex, refined, long-lasting bouquet consisting of candied fruit aromas (dried apricot, dried fig), marzipan, hazelnut, nougat, then port notes and finally the famous “rancio” character. Balanced, rich and complex on the palate with aromas of dried fruits and candied fruits and an exceptionally long finish. Add a drop of water to Château Fontpinot XO to let the aromas breathe and soften the power of the cognac.
«Only a true gourmet will appreciate the Château Fontpinot XO to the full. This cognac enchants desserts with its fruity flavours and offers its character to anyone who enjoys the simple pleasures of a cheese board.» Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master
EXTRA ‐ 100% Grand Champagne Premier Cru
“This comes exclusivelt from the the ancestral family reserve. Harvested, distilled and aged in casked preserved by Pierre Frapin. Very sweet, complex and subtle. Old Port mixed with the perfume of wooden cigar boxes, typical of a 40‐50 year old Grand Champagne Cognac. The flavours melt together in a complex and subtle blend.”
The Extra offers a wonderful mahogany colour with warm copper highlights. The bouquet is very smooth, complex, developed aromas of aged port mixed with the scent of wooden cigar boxes, typical of old Grande Champagne cognacs, which appear after a very long ageing. Concentrated candied fruit aromas like apricot. The palate is supple, smooth, rich and luxurious, with an exceptionally long finish in which all the flavours combine in a subtle and complex harmony. Notes on the bouquet include the famous «rancio» (oxidative notes) found in Grande Champagne cognacs distilled over lees and aged for several decades. To be enjoyed on its own or as an accompaniment for a special tasting experience beloved of both amateurs and the most experienced enthusiasts. An exceptional after-dinner drink thanks to its fruitiness and finesse.
«Suppleness, exceptionally long finish… can be enjoyed to infinity!». Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master
1991 20 year old
Lovely orangey colour. Aroma shows refined fragrances of candied fruits (orange and apricot) and the fine notes of of honey and spices. On the palate a breadth of flavours held within an elegant and complex structure, highlighted by touches of gingerbread and dried fruits. The ensemble leaves a harmonious lasting impression that is gentle and powerful in equal measure.
1990 27 year old
1989 20 year old 700ml 41.3%
Golden yellow with a slight amber color. Floral, iris, jasmine, Bourbon vanilla, dried apricot, quince compote. On the palate hints of liquorice, woody notes, vanilla, candied apricot,
exceptionally long finish.
1988 25 year old
This exceptional cognac is the combination of 3 vintages selected for their sensory potential and complimentary characteristics: 1989, 1991 and 1993. Exceptionally limited.
Plume Frapin offers a beautiful burnt orange colour. The bouquet is powerful and complex. Fruity notes of dried apricot, fig, orange, liquorice and tobacco, with cigar box notes that appear with time in the glass. Plume Frapin offers woody notes, prunes and candied fruits. The ‘Rancio’ flavour is well developed and the finish is exceptionally long. The flavour evolves greatly in the mouth. For maximum enjoyment, take your time and let the brandy breathe.
«Terroir, artful blending, patience and respect for nature make Plume Frapin an exceptional blend produced in a limited series of 500 numbered bottles.» Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master
This bottle unites very old Grande Champagne (très vieille) eaux-de-vie from the barrels of the Domaine Château de Fontpinot. The Cuvée consists of Folle Blanche notes which seem to be quite rare to find. The decanter is unique: Frapin created a bottle, crafted by the Christalleries Royales de Champagne, including a 24 carat gold element. “Frapins precious Cuvée is a complex, intense Cognac - on the nose some dry fruits, orange and a hint of nuts. On the palate: A balance between flowers, some citrus, vanilla and notes of exotic wood.”