An expression of age-old know-how, the 1992 vintage is the last to join Frapin’s collection of rare cognacs. A rich aromatic palette and intense finish on the palate gives it the particular aura of exceptional cognacs, the quintessential expression of the Frapin style. Distilled over lees and aged in sealed barrels in the dry cellar “Marie Frapin” of the family estate’s, this vintage XO gave it’s angel share over 26 years. This slow evaporation process enabled to carve its aromatic complexity and superb elegance.
Millésime 1992 – 26 Years Old offers a bright color that twinkles with warm highlights, brilliant and silky. Fine and gourmet, revealing aromas of prunes and liquorice. An elegant and refined bouquet which develops subtle notes with delicate and floral variations soon to become rich and fruity underscored by a delightful note of orange. This cognac unfolds, offering a very long finish and revealing the unique elegance of Frapin Cognacs.
'A limited series of 3000 bottles showing a beautiful finesse thanks to its lengthy aging in dry cellars.' Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master.
'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.