Made from estate-grown grapes distilled into chateau-bottled Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie between 15 and 20 years old. The rich, copper/range color shows henna/russet core highlights beneath the examination lamp; ideal clarity. The aroma of damp earth greets the olfactory sense in the first couple of whiffs, then after further aeration the aroma expands to include succulent fresh fruit notes along with flowers and spice. The palate entry is off-dry, caramel-like, and properly oaky; at midpalate the flavour profile deepens significantly, offering lip-smacking tastes of light toffee, almond butter, and vanilla extract. Finishes smooth candied, and rich. Absolutely delicious. **** Spirit Journal.
The Frapins have been winegrowers in the sleepy little Cognac town of Segonzac since 1270 and with over 200 hectares under vine, Cognac Frapin is the largest estate in the famed Grande Champagne sub-region. In due course, the Frapins expanded their repertoire to distillation and their Cognacs enjoyed great renown amongst the houses, traders and cognoscenti in the 19th century; indeed most of their production was earmarked for the houses of Hennessy, Remy Martin and Courvoisier.
That all started to change when Beatrice Cointreau took over the reins from her father Max in 1984 and began restoring Frapin to its rightful place as one of the most venerable of Cognac brands. Since then their extraordinary stocks of old, even pre-phylloxera Cognacs have been released under the Frapin label to create some of the most sought-after spirits in the world.