Frapin is an historic Cognac house in the heart of Grande Champagne that has produced remarkable liquid for 21 generations.
The estate was established near the village of Segonzac by the Frapin family in 1270. Initially the family made wine from their 240 hectares of vines, but branched into distilling from the second generation onwards.
Cognac Frapin’s vines are in on single block in Grande Champagne, making it the biggest vineyard in the region, planted exclusively to Ugni Blanc. This late-ripening grape variety produces wine with low alcohol and high acidity. Grande Champagne’s chalk subsoil produces a light and floral spirit which requires a long maturation period. For this reason, Frapin is famed for its incredible old Cognacs, including the Extra (between 40 and 50 years old), Plume (over 60 years old) and the 1888 (at least 127 years old).
The stunning 18th century Ch. Fontpinot is an iconic part of the estate. Frapin is the only Cognac house in the region with such a building and as such is the only one that can be called a château.
Since the 1980s, Cognac Frapin keeps every drop produced on site for its own blends. Prior to this, the estate sold eaux de vie to Rémy Martin, and bought in some of its grapes and spirit. Today, Cognac Frapin is exclusively harvested, distilled and aged on the estate.
Once harvested and pressed, the juice is fermented in vats. Frapin distils on lees in its six 25-hectolitre copper pot stills to bring more depth and flavour to its Cognacs. All Frapin Cognac is aged in French Limousin oak barrels in either humid or dry cellars.
Patrice Piveteau is involved in almost all aspects of the production process at Cognac Frapin. Since joining the estate in 1991 as Vineyard Manager, Piveteau has worked as Master Distiller and is now the resident Cellar Master. He prides himself on combining new and old techniques and frequently analyses the soil to better understand the supply of water to his vines. Piveteau also presides over the estate’s substantial blending stock.
In 2007, 21st generation family member Jean-Pierre Cointreau was named CEO.