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Frapin XO Chateau de Fontpinot Grande Champagne Cognac

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Cognac age
XO

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Growth area
Grande Champagne

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Bottle size
700ml
ABV
41%
$ 137 In stock
excl. shipping

Tasting review

The colour of Frapins XO is golden, on the nose: Some flowers, in the mouth: Some dark almonds, dry flower, orange - a long presence. The aftertaste is dominated by Rancio, staying complex and fine at the same time.

Awards

  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition - 2019 - Gold
  • International Wine and Spirits Competition - 2018 - Silver - 80 - 85,9
  • The Cognac Masters - 2018 - Master
  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 2019 - Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation - 95
  • Ultimate Spirits Challenge - 2019 - Finalist
  • International Wine and Spirits Competition - 2015 - Silver - Outstanding
  • International Spirits Challenge  - 2018 - Gold
  • Meiningers International Spirits Award - 2018 - Gold

Description

Cognac Chateau de Fonpinot XO is a unique blend, bottled in a 70 cl bottle. The Cognac is a single estate Réserve, coming from the 300 hectares of Frapins estate. This XO Cognac was aged in wooden casks for a long time. The brand is allowed to use the appellation of Chateau because the harvesting, distilling, ageing and bottling process takes place at the Chateau.

Reviews (3)

Overall rating 0 1 2 3 4 4,67/5
By
on  Jun 5, 2018
0 1 2 3 4
(4/5
Aftertaste (Finish):
4
Nose:
5
Palate:
4
Value for money:
4

very good

The aroma is strong, rich, slightly spirituous, flowers, oak. The tone of green grapes, dried fruits.
I'm not sure I'll buy it again.


By
on  May 19, 2018
0 1 2 3 4
(5/5
Aftertaste (Finish):
5
Nose:
5
Palate:
5
Value for money:
4

Brilliant

Really good. Has various flavors like apricots, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and spices.


By
on  Dec 31, 2017
0 1 2 3 4
(5/5
Aftertaste (Finish):
5
Nose:
5
Palate:
5
Value for money:
5

Dollar for dollar the best Cognac for a smaller budget, 5 stars

I can occasionally afford the Frapin Extra, but this has become my go to bottle alongside the De Luze brand, as what you get compared with what you're paying (as in De Luze) is such an incredible value. In fact, this is quite a great Cognac regardless of money. Seems comprised mainly of eaux-de-vie around 18-20 years of age, or at least those are what seem to predominate based on the aromas, flavors, and finishing touches I seem to get from this bottle.

Candied and dried fruits mainly on nose bouquet and palate taste, finishes mainly to (perhaps golden) raisin and spiced or peppered oak with hawthorn and vanilla, ultimately fading to the gran finale of bare Limousin oak at around 20min after last sip, lasting about 10min for a total finish of ~30min+

The process I typically use to consume Cognac:
Use tulip glass or contemporary snifter. A contemporary snifter is preferred as no added water is necessary because of the small surface area and superior narrowing. The pour needs to be less than the widest opening of the base's central dome. Do not use a normal brandy snifter. Wait not quite 15min to first sip.

Rancio means the oxidized and fermented fatty acid esters and tannins and their resulting nutty woody earthy flavor or dried and candied or toasted fruits, flowers, and spices. Frapin's rancio reaches full maturity at 40-50 years (being chalky Grande Champagne soil) and is a wooden cigar box rancio at that age. Hints of the beginnings of that can be found in this bottle, which is mainly comprised of 18-20 year eaux-de-vie.

fruit: dried apricot, dried fig, candied orange, (perhaps stewed) raisin, prune,

nuts: marzipan almond, and hazelnut rancio, white honey, nougat, French almond praline

beans: hints of coffeen chocolate

floral: vanilla and hawthorn

misc and wood: port wine, oak (perhaps peppered)

and perhaps less so:

spices: ginger or peehaps more of a gingerbread that is of light molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, liqourice

beans: tonka beans

fruits: green apple, orange peel or marmalade

nuts: walnut and leather rancio

floral: various wild flowers

misc and wood: "drying laundry"



Seasonal Cognac aroma wheel analysis:
mainly Automne and some late autumn/early winter and hints of summer and Printemps.

The elixir seems mostly to be of dried Apricot and dried fig, and various candied oranges, with raisin and prune, vanilla and hawthorn, various candied almond confections, hazelnut and walnut with peppered oak rancio, and perhaps ginger spice (or gingerbread made with a light amount of molasses).

Autumn:
early: dried Apricot, candied orange, raisin (rather than muscat grape of older Cognacs),chocolate, green apple
mid: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, liqourice, vanilla (more pod than wood since it's younger)
late: cigar box (not as pronounced as in the Frapin Extra due to younger age)


Winter:
early: black pepper (slight hint, perhaps more of a spiced pepper, coriander-esque...unless Im confusing these modified pepper overtones with the ginger undertones), gingerbread coffee,
late: Hazelnut, walnut, prune, tonka pod and bean (slight hints)

Summer:
early: orange, tonka fruit (slight hint)
late: dried fig (perhaps early Automne since dried)

Spring:
mid: Hawthorn
late: almond, maybe jasmine


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 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.

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Q&A

Boris 2012-03-15

not my favourite from frapin, and not really typical, but kind of a representative cognac for the producer nonetheless

Clive Bourne 2011-12-22

A generous birthday gift -first bottle. Lovely lightness on the tongue, some sweetness and lingering `notes` in the mouth. Delicate and delightful. Good to have friends of taste !

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