Almost identical to the VS, but marginally more bronze and burnished; excellent clarity. Baked pear, baked peach, and bakery-like scents charm the olfactory sense right away; additional exposure to air brings about nuances of dried fruit and vanilla that work well together. Entry is honey sweet, fruity, mildly toasty, and caramel-like; the midpalate point highlights the ripe fruit, which seems more tropical in nature than grapy or berry-like at this stage. Concludes elegantly, satiny in texture, mildly honeyed, and sophisticated. A substantial VSOP that has genuine pedigree. *** Spirit Journal.
The Frapins have been winegrowers in the sleepy little Cognac town of Segonzac since 1270 and with over 200 hectares under vine, Cognac Frapin is the largest estate in the famed Grande Champagne sub-region. In due course, the Frapins expanded their repertoire to distillation and their Cognacs enjoyed great renown amongst the houses, traders and cognoscenti in the 19th century; indeed most of their production was earmarked for the houses of Hennessy, Remy Martin and Courvoisier.
That all started to change when Beatrice Cointreau took over the reins from her father Max in 1984 and began restoring Frapin to its rightful place as one of the most venerable of Cognac brands. Since then their extraordinary stocks of old, even pre-phylloxera Cognacs have been released under the Frapin label to create some of the most sought-after spirits in the world.