The Frapin family has been around the Southwest of France since 1270. Always active in the domain of winegrowing, they specialized in distillation much later on and have since continued to stand strong throughout twenty generations! The estate owns 300 hectares of land entirely in the Grande Champagne area, of which 200 are planted with vines. Frapin’s home in the beautiful caste Fontpinot in the town of Segonzac. The most famous family member was the 16th century author Francois Rabelais, after whom a prestigious Frapin cognac bottle is named: The Cuvee Rabelais. Like some other cognac houses, Frapin needs to extend business through diversifying into other luxury products such as chocolate or coffee. Frapin was the first cognac producer to invent a multi-vintage blend, combining vintages of different years to create the perfect taste.
Visit Frapin: Rue Pierre-Frapin, BP 1 ,16130 Segonzac ,+33 (0)5 45 83 40 03 ,You can contact the Cognac house directly to inquire about visits. Visit the Frapin official website at www.cognac-frapin.com/en/
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History of Frapin
Since 1270, the Frapin family has been living in the South-West of France. They have been active winegrowers, and later on distillers, for over 20 generations. The Frapin estate is set in the Grande Champagne at the Château de Fontpinot in Segonzac. It is the only cognac house that enjoys the classification “Chateau” combined with prime quality 100% Grande Champagne grapes.
The family tradition of the Frapins is striking with such ancestors as the 16th century Renaissance humanist writer Francois Rabelais. The house of Frapin pays tribute to this famous ancestor with the prestigeous Cuvée Rabelais.
Today, the estate is owned by Genevieve Frapin and her husband Max Cointreau, while the magagement is run by their daughter Béatrice. It becomes very apparent how small the cognac business is in the end, when you realize that the same couple is also involved with Rémy Martin (ultimately a competitor of Frapin) through their connection to the Cointreau family. Frapin uses advanced techniques and natural treatments, which makes them an innovative company with a vision for sustainable development.
Olivier Paultes has been the acclaimed cellar master of Frapin since 1989. It was he who introduced the innovation of the mulit-vintage cognac, a blend of three different vintages that he unites to create a unique taste in cognac.
News, Products, Anecdotes and Old Labels
Recently, Frapin made a genius move, which surprised the international cognac world, winning them the title of the world’s finest spirit at the Wines & Spirits Challenge. They launched the first multi-vintage blend, a combination of different years that combined create characteristic aromas that one single year could never create. It’s called Frapin Multimillésime.
In 2010, Frapin's Multimilléssime was awarded the "Best Cognac of the Year" Award at the International Spirit Challenge.
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