Cognac Frapin XO VIP Grande Champagne 40%

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Cognac Frapin XO VIP is a Grande Champagne Cognac, a 1er Cru de Cognac. It is an XO blend which is enhanced with some very old Cognacs from the family cellars.

The Frapin family has been distilling in the Cognac region for 20 generations and their single estate consists of 240 hectares of vineyards in Grande Champagne. Their headquarters is at the stunning Chateau Fontpinot which is set amongst the vineyards in the commune of Segonzac. Grande Champagne is one of 6 sub-regions of Cognac; it is set on chalky soils (similar to those of the Champagne region) and is generally considered to produce the richest, most long-lived cognacs. Frapin practises “L’agriculture raisonnée” which is eco-friendly, responsible farming.  The vineyards are cultivated naturally taking into account elements such as the biology of the vine, parasites, weather conditions, and soil. Natural elements are also restored to the earth by adding pruned branches and distillation residue back to the vineyard.

Cognac Frapin XO VIP made from a blend of Grande Champagne Cognacs. Grande Champagne is one of the 6 Crus of Cognac and is widely recognised as the best Cru and is highly regarded for producing Cognacs of exceptional quality and finesse. The Grande Champagne Cru is so named after the chalky soils found in the region, which are similar to the soil found in the Champagne wine region.

The blend is made with very old Cognacs from the Frapin cellars. The grapes for the eaux-de-vie are harvested, distilled over lees and aged at the Fontpinot estate, whose 240 hectares are located in Grande Champagne. It undergoes a long ageing in their humid cellars which helps to produce a balanced spirit with roundness, fine bouquet and suppleness.

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

Tasting Notes

From Frapin,

Appearance: Cognac Frapin XO VIP Cognac has rich bronze tones and a natural purity, Frapin XO VIP charms from the first glance.

Bouquet: pleasing floral notes and a beautiful aromatic complexity punctuated with subtle woody tones. An overall elegance typical of aged Cognacs from Grande Champagne.

Palate: After its delicate aromas, its power in the mouth comes as a surprise. XO VIP offers a palate 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.

To Serve

Try with chocolate desserts or tarte tatin.

Great with with Mimolette, Parmesan or Brillat-Savarin with truffles.

Try with foie gras, duck breast or beef steaks.

 

Awards

AWARDS

• Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2022  – 94/100 (USA)

• Cognac Master – Best XO 2020 (UK).

• Cognac Master – Best XO 2022 (UK).

• Cognac Master Asia – Gold Medal 2020.

• ISW – Gold Medal 2020 (DE).

• Cognac Master – Gold Medal 2019 (UK).

• World Cognac Awards – Gold Medal 2017 (UK).

• Gilbert & Gaillard – 96/100 2017 (FR).

• IWSC – Gold Outstanding 2016 (UK).

• Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 93/100 2016 (USA).

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