Its warm, golden highlights give it a beautiful straw colour, bearing witness to its time in new Limousin oak barrels. Aromas of vine and lime blossom, with a light touch of vanilla from its ageing in Limousin barrels promise the aromatic richness characteristic of a great cognac. Roundness, finesse and balance. Length on the palate due to a very special distillation over fine lees, with slight vanilla or toast notes, adding a touch of freshness and originality.
’Frapin 1270 is an integral part of the Frapin range with its exceptional aromatic richness. Ideal for mixed drinks.’ Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master.
'Marigold color/gamboge color; textbook purity. I like this grapy/raisiny and radiantly fresh opening aroma because it could be nothing other than high-ranking grape brandy from Cognac; the ambrosial aspect continues on after more aeration, and my brain’s love meter keeps ascending. Entry is vividly tasty, with robust flavors of caramel, fudge brownie, chocolate-covered cherry, and black raisin leading the taste parade; midpalate goes all-in on the heartiness of the flavor profile, as pronounced tastes of mincemeat, holiday fruitcake, cinnamon bun, and bear claw pastry leave deep impressions. Aftertaste maintains the momentum found in the entry and midpalate stages. A dynamic cognac from the masterful talents of the Frapin team.’ 2019 Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆/Highly Recommended, F. Paul Pacult, The New Kindred Spirits, August 2021.
|San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 US - Double Gold
|Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019 US - 91/100
|Bartenders Brand Awards 2018 UK - Trophy
|Gilbert & Gaillard 2018 France - 90/100
'Few houses in Cognac have the hallowed history of Frapin, still owned by the original family, who can trace their winegrowing and distilling back to 1270 (the current CEO is the 21st generation). Consider: The family’s coat of arms was bestowed by Louis XIV; the quill logo was designed in honor of famed author François Rabelais, whose mother was a Frapin; Gustave Eiffel constructed the building where the blending is carried out. On a tour, as we passed some cobwebbed old demijohns, I was casually told, ‘Here is the harvest of 1870.’ Jason Wilson, Vinous, September 2019.
Frapin is located in the centre of the Grande Champagne, Premier Cru du Cognac region in the sleepy little town of Segonzac, the finest designated region in Cognac. It is the only merchant located in the town and only sells Cognacs produced from grapes sourced from its own 240ha estate in the heart of the Grande Champagne region. The Frapin family have been wine growers since 1270, but until the 1980s the family’s primary business was as a distiller and supplier of mature Cognacs to Remy Martin, Hennessy and Courvoisier.
In 1984 the Cointreau family (direct descendants of the Frapins) ascended to the management of the company with Beatrice Cointreau at the helm. Since then Cognac Frapin has been re-invigorated and re-positioned as a producer of the very finest Cognacs in its own right, marketed under its own name.
At Frapin all the fruit for the Cognacs is grown on the estate and is usually harvested 2-3 degrees riper than the regional norm to bring extra flavour to the base wine. Distillation always takes place with the lees from fermentation, adding texture and length as well as extra dimensions of flavour complexity. The young Cognacs are aged for a good 2 years or more in new Limousin oak (much more than is typical), before being transferred to older barrels for the long haul. And whilst the average stockholding in the Cognac region is just on 7 years, Frapin currently holds 16 years in stock, highlighting the extra complexity that age brings to its range of Cognacs.
The ageing of the Cognacs at Frapin is further distinguished, with maturation taking place in one of two distinctly different environments. Long ageing in the humid cellars underground makes for a rich and powerful style, whereas the drier attics emphasise fruit and bring a finer and more elegant finish to the Cognac.