Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011 Finalist. A tremendously elegant style that does not reveal all it has a first nosing and sip but the patient Cognac lover will be rewarded with deep dry, caramel and butterscotch notes that envelop the beautiful baked apple core. Lovely. (Mar 2011)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - Made from estate-grown, chateau-bottled Grande Champagne grapes and eaux-de-vie that are between 15 and 20 years old. Aroma of damp earth, succulent fresh fruit, flowers and spice. Palate entry is off-dry, caramel-like and properly oak; at midpalate, the flavor deepens, offering lip-smacking tastes of light toffee, almond butter and vanilla extract. Finishes candied and rich. ó P.P. (Jul 2004)
Grapes are harvested in early October at Frapinís top-rated Grande Champagne vineyard, a week before most producers, to obtain higher levels of acidity. Young vines are fertilized the old-fashioned way with nothing more than cow manure and mulch from pulverized vine clippings.
|Wine maker notes
|At Frapin no more than two hours are allowed to elapse between harvest and pressing. Frapin cognacs undergo an entirely natural fermentation: no cultivated yeasts are added. To retain freshness of fruit, filtration is not permitted at Frapin. Distillation is conducted in one of Frapinís four special Charentes copper stills. Frapin cognacs are subject to a double-distillation process. Aging is conducted in Limousin oak casks. Frapin utilizes dry-cellar aging for Ch‚teau Fontpinot XO. The dry cellaring allows more evaporation of water than alcohol which leaves the cognac more refined and elegant. Frapin was the first house, and for some time the only, utilizing dry-cellar aging.