Domaine Fradon

Domaine Fradon

Domaine Fradon is a historic winegrowing estate rooted in a family tradition that spans several generations. The estate, originally under the Chainier family name, was pivotal in the 1930s when Henri Chainier pioneered the bottling and marketing of Pineau des Charentes, a regional aperitif. The family name transitioned to Fradon in the 1950s due to a marriage, and by 1989, Michael Fradon was managing the estate, a role now fulfilled by his son, Damien Fradon.

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About Domaine Fradon

Domaine Fradon is a family-owned estate situated in the Charente-Maritime region, close to the town of Jonzac and about 30 kilometers from Cognac, France. This area is known for its favorable climate, which includes plenty of sun, mild winters, and the moderating influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean - although of course frost and hail are always a threat at certain times of the year. These generally favorable conditions are ideal for the vineyards spread across the estate's 40 hectares, which are planted with a mix of grape varieties including Ugni-Blanc, Sauvignon, and Folle-Blanche among others. As such, the domaine today produces Vins de Pays Charentais, Pineau des Charentes and an ambitious range of Cognacs.

Virginia and Thomas from our team visited Damien and his estate and we're excited to present some very interesting and old Cognacs to you - including a Brut de Fût Cognac aged for more than 45 years.

Fradon is located within the Petite Champagne cru, noted for producing high-quality Cognac equally on par with Cognacs from the Grande Champagne cru. This is undoubtedly due to the limestone soils, which contain a healthy dose of chalk.

The estate has a storied history that dates back to the 1930s when Henri Chainier began bottling and selling Pineau des Charentes. In the 1950s, the operation was taken over by his daughter Denise and her husband Marc Fradon, after whom the estate was renamed. Their son Michel took the helm in 1989, placing greater emphasis on commercializing their products in France and Europe. Today, the estate is managed by Damien, Henri's great-grandson, who continues the family tradition of Cognac production.

The domaine practices traditional winemaking techniques, beginning with the harvest of white grapes in September. To prevent any loss of freshness, the grapes are pressed and fermented swiftly without the use of preservatives. The estate has reintroduced the historical Folle-Blanche grape variety, celebrated for yielding smooth, aromatic eaux-de-vie - although the grape tends to be very fickle and fragile to grow. Distillation is conducted in a 20 hL copper still.

Aging of the Cognac at Domaine Fradon is a careful and deliberate process, requiring the watchful eye and nose of the cellar master to accompany the eaux-de-vie during maturation. It takes place in oak barrels for years, even decades, during which the spirit undergoes a transformation, developing its characteristic amber color and complex aromas. This interaction with the oak and the gradual evaporation are critical to the flavor development.

And for the Vieille Reserve, XO, and Brut de Fut in the Fradon range, given their respective ages, time has done wonders to these beautiful eaux-de-vie.

Domaine Fradon produces several notable Cognacs, including the Cognac Vieille Réserve and Cognac XO. The Vieille Réserve, aged for 25 years, offers a deep gold color with flavors of honey, leather, and musk, culminating in a soft, lingering finish. The XO, aged for 45 years, features an amber color and a rich blend of fruit, floral, and spice notes, underscored by a strong, lingering aftertaste of liquorice. Both exemplify the quality of Domaine Fradon. Which brings us to their Brut de Fut.

The Domaine Fradon Brut de Fût is exactly that: a cask strength single cask Cognac coming from Cask N°47, bottled at 51.9% alcohol in August of 2023. As it is a cask strength Cognac, not a single drop of water was added to it, nor any other additives for that matter. Also, it carries on the label Lot 1976, which gives an indication of when this stunning eau-de-vie was distilled, and therefore its age - making it just shy of a 50 year old Cognac. Moreover, the label is 100% handwritten, with 480 written labels created in total. The Cognac showcases the know-how and quality of Domaine Fradon, but it also showcases why the Petite Champagne is so sought after. At this advanced age, the eaux-de-vie take on a profile that removes it from the ordinary.

We really could not ask for anything more. The Cognac range is small, but complete, and easy to come to grips with. There is a Cognac at a variety of interesting ages that show off the inherent quality of the spirit but also the aromatic and flavor development of Cognac aging in barrel. And they represent great value for such old Petite Champagne Cognac.

Discover domaine Fradon and perhaps find yourself a new favorite small artisanal Cognac producer.

Domaine Fradon Brut de Fût Petite Champagne Cognac

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Domaine Fradon Brut de Fût Petite Champagne Cognac

$ 221
excl. TAX excl. shipping
Cognac age
Special
Growth area
Petite Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
51.9%
Additional Info
Brut de Fût, aged for more than 45 years
LOT
1976
Tasting review
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Eye: Rich amber.

Nose: Vibrant with complex aromas hinting at the oak's maturity.

Palate: Intensely flavored with a deep, resonant character.

Finish: Long and powerful, leaving a lasting impression of finely aged Cognac.

Product description
Domaine Fradon Brut de Fût Petite Champagne Cognac Discover the exquisite Domaine Fradon Brut de Fût Petite Champagne Cognac, Lot 1976, an exclusive treasure drawn from the paradis chai, limited to only 480 bottles, each meticulously numbered. Bottled at 51.9% ABV, this rare release captures the essence of the prestigious Petite Champagne terroir, aged extensively to achieve unmatched depth and complexity. The recently updated packaging features a traditional cognaçaise bottle, noted for it...

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Domaine Fradon XO Petite Champagne Cognac

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Domaine Fradon XO Petite Champagne Cognac

$ 111
excl. TAX excl. shipping
Cognac age
XO
Growth area
Petite Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Additional Info
45 years old
Tasting review
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Eye: Amber hue.

Nose: Pronounced Charentais rancio.

Palate: A harmonious marriage of fruits, flowers, and spices, with notes of licorice.

Finish: Exceptionally long aromatic persistence, a rare pleasure.

Product description
Domaine Fradon XO Petite Champagne Cognac Experience the pinnacle of craftsmanship with the Domaine Fradon XO Petite Champagne Cognac, matured for an extraordinary 45 years in oak barrels. This exceptional Cognac, available in either a carafe or bottle, represents the ultimate in aged spirits, produced without preservatives and matured on lees to attain unparalleled depth and complexity. The Cognac displays an enchanting amber color, indicative of its extensive aging process. The nose is domin...

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Domaine Fradon Vieille Réserve Petite Champagne Cognac

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Domaine Fradon Vieille Réserve Petite Champagne Cognac

$ 62
excl. TAX excl. shipping
Cognac age
Réserve
Growth area
Petite Champagne
Bottle size
700ml
ABV
40%
Additional Info
25 years old
Tasting review
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Eye: Deep old gold.

Nose: Round with sweetness from old wood, honeyed notes, leather, and musk.

Palate: Remarkably smooth.

Finish: Long aromatic persistence.

Product description
Domaine Fradon Vieille Réserve Petite Champagne Cognac Introducing the Domaine Fradon Vieille Réserve Petite Champagne Cognac, a sublime expression of time and tradition aged for 25 years in oak barrels. This Cognac embodies the height of refinement and complexity, produced in limited quantities without preservatives and aged on lees to enhance its rich, multifaceted profile. The Vieille Réserve's appearance is a captivating old gold, signaling the depth of its maturity. The nose is rounded...

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