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Frapin VS – Grande Champagne Cognac

8 May 2011 No Comment

The Frapin VS is a perfect VS cognac, probably to good for the VS-quality! It’s refined, balanced, full flavored and wonderfully aromatic. This cognac has one problem: the price! 35 euros is a lot of money for a VS cognac, buying a nice Menard VSOP Grande Champagne cognac, and stick a tenner in the pocket for a good cigar looks to be a better deal.

Family-owned Frapin is a rarity among cognac producers – one of few such firms to own its own vineyards. Frapin’s 741-acre domain, which includes 494 acres of prime Grande Champagne vineyard, took the Frapin family five centuries to amass. It constitutes the largest single vineyard in this top-rated appellation where average holdings seldom exceed 30 acres. The Frapin family’s ties to the Cognac district of the Charentes region of southwest France span over 20 generations, extending all the way back to the early 1200s. Today Frapin is owned by Genevieve Frapin and her husband, Max Cointreau. Management is in the expert hands of their daughter, Beatrice Cointreau.

The tasting notes of the Frapin VS Grande Champagne are:

Color: straw yellow.
The nose: fine, light vanilla, a great aromatic richness.
The taste: full of taste in the mouth, slightly spicy, balanced with floral and fruity notes.
The after-taste: good taste stays in your mouth hanging
The origin: 100% Grande Champagne.
The age: on average 5 to 6 years old.
The price: about € 35, –
The price / quality ratio: a 6. (Fine cognac, but too expensive.)

Below is the new (left photo) and old bottle (photo on right) of the Frapin VS, cognac inside offers the same aroma’s.

Check also the review of the Frapin VSOP.

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