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Cognac Frapin XO VIP Cognac Grande Champagne 700 ml
Cognac Frapin XO VIP Cognac Grande Champagne 700 ml
Cognac Frapin XO VIP Cognac Grande Champagne 700 ml
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Cognac Frapin XO VIP Cognac Grande Champagne 700 ml

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A cognac with rich bronze tones and a natural purity, Frapin XO VIP charms from the first glance. Pleasing floral notes and a beautiful aromatic complexity punctuated with subtle woody tones. An overall elegance typical of aged Cognacs from Grande Champagne. After its delicate aromas, its power in the mouth comes as a surprise. XO VIP offers a palette of flavours, revealing in turn chocolate notes, dried fruit, candied fruit, and gingerbread. The expression is sophisticated and complex, with depth, but without ever losing the original freshness of the fruit. Composed with the precision of a sonnet, XO VIP is an ode to the passion behind its creation and flavour.

‘This is a rich, complex and evolving cognac in which everyone will find their own aromatic references.’ Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master.

‘Attractive auburn color; flawless purity. First inhalations connect with substantial, woody, mature, and intensely grapy aromas that shine with vibrant freshness and acidity; more time in the glass allows for harmonious fragrances of toasted almond, marmalade, bear claw pastry, and moss/earth. Entry is texturally oily and satiny while the taste profile overflows with fruity, zesty, tobacco-like and mature tastes; midpalate features vanilla, fudge, coffee bean/espresso, and dark caramel. Ends on a graceful note, with racy flavors of dried banana, dried nectarine, and vanilla. Sensational. 2019 Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆/Highest Recommendation, F. Paul Pacult, The New Kindred Spirits, August 2021.

Awards

Cognac Masters 2020 UK - Master

ISW 2020 Germany - Gold Medalpage2image10298944

Gilbert & Gaillard 2017 France - 96/100

World Cognac Awards 2017 UK - Gold Medal

IWSC 2016 UK - Gold 'Outstanding'

'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.

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