Growth area & soil: Grande Champagne
Frapin XO Château de Fontpinot Grande Champagne: A lingering taste sensation
Frapin Château Fontpinot XO is a beautifully mature, 100% Grande Champagne offering from Frapin’s “Tresor du Chateau” collection. This collection offers Cognacs of the highest level of excellence from the house of Frapin. The fruit of a long aging process in dry cellars, this XO is subtle yet complex and boasts strong aromas of fruit, marzipan, hazelnut, nougat and prevailing rancio. A concoction of both rich and balanced flavors Chateau de Fontpinot XO is well recognised for its exceptionally long finish and its subsequent lasting impression.
"Only a true gourmet will appreciate the Château Fontpinot XO to the full. This cognac enchants desserts with its fruity flavours and offers its character to anyone who enjoys the simple pleasures of a cheese board." Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master
The house of Frapin is fronted by a family of award winning pioneers in the art of blending vintage eaux-de-vie, as they were in fact the very first Cognac house to produce a mult-vintage blend. Favouring advanced techniques and natural treatments, Frapin are an innovative Cognac house with a vision for sustainable development. Based in the heart of the Grande Champagne region and covering hundreds of hectares of land, Maison Frapin is a brand to be truly inspired by.
Presentation of the bottle
Unveiling a gorgeous autumnal golden-orange colour with warm highlights, Château Fontpinot XO defines chic. With its slender form and long neck the bottle itself is as elegant as they come. It can be displayed as a stunning centerpiece for the table, when dining with guests or positioned delicately amongst other bottles in a Cognac collection. Presented with a deep red tubed box, accents of silver reflect the brand's prestigious image and finish off the bottle beautifully.
How to enjoy
Adding a drop of water to Château Fontpinot XO, lets the aromas breathe and the power of the Cognac to soften gently.The house of Frapin recommends that this Cognac to be paired with a chocolate dessert, as it will enhance the vanilla and woody flavours of the eaux-de-vie. Serving it with a dark chocolate macaroon, or a three-chocolate praline mousse will seduce the senses and impress guests. Equally, this well-aged blend pairs delightfully with cheeses such as Mimolette, Parmesan, ewe’s milk cheese or blue cheese, as the surprisingly long aromatic finish lingers blissfully on the palate.
2020 - UK IWSC – Gold Medal
2019 US Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 95/100. “Extraordinary. Ultimate Recommendation”
2018 UK Cognac Masters – Master 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – Gold medal
2018 US International Spirits Challenge – Trophy Best XO / Gold Medal
2018 DE ISW – Gold medal / Best XO 2018 UK Cognac Masters – Master
2017 UK World Cognac Awards – Gold medal
This was one had many other outstanding reviews elsewhere online, so I tried a bottle as an introduction. I'm quickly buying two more because the triple threat of nose, taste and finish haunt my dreams (I don't know what that means). Great balance of fruit-spice-wood-flower with an umami kiss of...
Floral and Blanced
This is a really floral and well balanced Cognac. Maybe a little whisper of tobacco and spice adding to the chorus. A touch of an earthy note? However the overall impression comes across a little thin. Don't get me wrong this is real quality.....but somehow lacking. That being said it is easily better...
Frapin XO Chateau de Fontpinot Grande Champagne Cognac
One of the best XO Cognacs I have tasted. Great value for money. I am glad I bought 2 bottles. I recommend pouring it in a cognac glass and let itàsit there and air for 45 minutes to 1 hour before sipping it. It tastes smoother after airing.
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...
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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