Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Frapin VSOP Cognac, the Quintessential Premier Cru blend
The Frapin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac has been crafted from Ugni Blanc grapes grown across the chalky hills of the Grande Champagne terroir. Distilled on the lees for a longer finish, this Premier Cru Cognac has been aged at the Frapin estate for over four years in Limousin oak, bringing out a wonderful roundness and suppleness in the blend.
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, Patrice Piveteau.
Presentation of the bottle
The Frapin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac is presented in an elegant decanter somewhat reminiscent of the shape of a charentais copper still. It’s finished with a sleek black label, black foil seal and matching gift box.
How to Enjoy Frapin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
To truly appreciate this Cognac, we recommend sipping it neat from a tulip glass at room temperature. A small lump of ice can be added if desired.
“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
Frapin VSOP is a sweet VSOP cognac, with a unique flavor of oranges, hazelnut, and ginger
Frapin VSOP is a sweet VSOP cognac, with a unique flavor of oranges, hazelnut, and ginger. Nose: Valencia oranges, vanilla, spices, and a touch of oak. Ginger and nutmeg. Assertive with bags of aromas. Palate: full of flavors and rich. Sweet. The opening flavor is oranges, followed by vanilla,...
Over the past several weeks, I've embarked on a tasting program of VSOP, Napoleon, and XO Cognacs. To that end, I have tasted 4 different VSOP Cognacs, 2 Napoleon, and 2 XO Cognac bottles. Of those tasted, the Frapin VSOP is in a virtual first place tie with the Daniel Boujou on a point basis. The...
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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