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Frapin Château Fontpinot XO "édition limitée 750" Cognac

Cognac age
XO

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Growth area
Grande Champagne

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Bottle size
700ml
ABV
41%
Brand
Frapin Cognac

Tasting review

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Eye: Copper with golden reflections. 

Nose: Aromas of candied fruit - dried apricot, dried fig - complemented by a deluge of nuts: almond, hazelnut and nougat. Dark and fruity hints of port follow, alongside a clear note of rancio. 

Palate: The palate is balanced, rich and complex with aromas of dried and candied fruit, leading to a fantastically long finish. 

Awards

  • The Cognac Masters - 2019 - Master

Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne

Grande Champagne

Description

Frapin Château Fontpinot XO "édition limitée 750" Cognac: Oustanding Style and Substance

This award-winning Cognac from Maison Frapin is the outstanding result of long aging, particularly in dry cellars, giving it a subtle, complex, fine and persistent bouquet. The Frapin Château Fontpinot XO Cognac is a limited edition release, reflecting on 750 years of history for the Frapin family. Château de Fontpinot is the only Château to have a 100% Grande Champagne appellation, giving them unbeatable provenance when it comes to producing Premier Cru Cognac. Entirely harvested, produced and aged at the family estate, this release has been distilled with the lees, followed by a long, slow maturation period in dry cellars, gives it the special character of one of the oldest reserves of the castle.

According to  Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master at Maison Frapin: “To appreciate Château Fontpinot XO, you have to be greedy.”  

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.

Awards and Accolades

  • International Wine & Spirits Competition 2020 - 98/100 points, Gold Medal
  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019 - 95/100 points. “Extraordinary. Ultimate Recommendation.”
  • The Cognac Masters 2019 - Master Medal
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 - Gold Medal
  • International Spirits Challenge UK 2018 - Trophy, Best XO, Gold Medal
  • International Spirits Awards, Germany 2018 - Gold medal / Best XO
  • The Cognac Masters 2018 - Master Medal
  • World Cognac Awards 2017 - Gold Medal
Presentation of the Decanter

Presented in a stylish, tall decanter with a long neck and deep punt, this release 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 Château Fontpinot XO Cognac 

The producer highly recommends pairing the Frapin Château Fontpinot XO with chocolate desserts, fine cheeses, or even with the main course: try it with lamb rump or grilled pigeon breast for the ultimate fine dining experience. Regardless of when you choose to drink it, this is an outstanding Cognac to celebrate special moments. We suggest sipping it slowly from a tulip glass, potentially adding a few drops of water to open up the palate. 

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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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