Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Frapin 1989 Vintage Château de Fonpinot Grande Champagne Cognac
The Frapin 1989 Vintage Château de Fonpinot Grande Champagne Cognac is an outstanding vintage offering by this artisan Cognac house. The 1989 season was ruled by temperamental yet favourable weather conditions and a bountiful harvest. This vintage was produced solely from Ugni Blanc grapes picked on the western corner of Frapin’s vineyards, characterized by a chalk and clay soil composition protected by the crumbly subsoil typical of the Grande Champagne region.
The BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) guarantees the authenticity of all vintages by carefully monitoring the sealed casks as they rest in Frapin’s cellars for decades. This particular vintage was unusually aged in Frapin’s humid cellars for some 30 years, bringing softness and roundness to the palate.
Initially a family of winegrowers, the Frapin family have been settled in south-west France since the 13th Century. After taking up the craft of distillation, they have kept up production of eaux-de-vie for a staggering 20 generations, and the current head of the company is a direct descendant of the founder. The family’s established headquarters is at the charming Château de Fontpinot, nestled among their vineyards in the heart of Grande Champagne. Today, Frapin Cognacs are entirely harvested, distilled and aged at the Domaine and the family are fiercely proud of their single-estate status. The House of Frapin control every aspect of production and eschew scientific methods, instead relying on age-old traditions - as well as the extraordinary palate of their Cellar Master.
Presentation of the Decanter
Presented in a stylish, tall decanter with a long neck and deep punt, this vintage perfectly combines traditional elements with a modern touch. The silver foil matches the logo which adorns the front of the bottle, while the oxblood-red presentation tube perfectly highlights the deep color of this finely aged Cognac.
How to Serve Frapin 1989 Vintage
The complex tasting notes of this vintage are best showcased in a tulip glass. After pouring, allow the Cognac to breathe for 30 seconds to fully concentrate the most delicate aromas before you take a sip. We think this is perfectly served to guests as a digestif after a rich meal, or perhaps accompanying a selection of French cheeses.
About Frapin Cognac
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 one generations! The estate owns 340 hectares of land entirely in the Grande Champagne area, of which 240 are planted with vines. Frapin’s home in the beautiful castle 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, rather fittingly, the house of Frapin is also the only Cognac estate granted permission to call itself a Chateau within the entire Grande Champagne cru. Alongside many other accolades, Frapin was the first Cognac producer to invent a multi-vintage blend, combining vintages of different years to create the perfect taste.
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