The Frapins: 20 Generations of Winemakers and Distillers
A Remarkable Vineyard
The Frapin family came to Charente in 1270, initially as winegrowing proprietors, then as distillers and traders. The vineyard was replanted in 1880 by Pierre Frapin following the phylloxera epidemic, which destroyed the Folle Blanche planted in the hills. Only Ugni Blanc is grown today, entirely in Grande Champagne.
Why a Grande Champagne Appellation for Cognac?
The Frapin vineyards consist of crumbly limestone soil, ensuring a perfect blend of humidity and temperature. These geological features are identical to those of Reims, in Champagne, the source of the appellation’s name. This outstanding land has all the qualities needed to grow excellent grapes through maturity. Frapin, with its 240 hectares, is the largest contiguous Grande Champagne vineyard.
The Frapin Touch
Distilled in Charentais copper pot stills, then poured into Limousin oak casks, Frapin cognacs are aged through a unique process alternating between periods in damp and dry cellars. This technique produces fine, elegant cognacs, enjoyed the world over.
“A tasting of 1870 Folle Blanche cognac [produced prior to the vineyard’s destruction by phylloxera] served in dame-jeannes in our venerable sampling room.”— Patrice Piveteau, CEO and Cellar Master.
Last but Not Least—An Author in the Family!
In the late 15th century, Anne-Catherine Frapin gave birth to a child destined to become a key figure in the humanistic literature of the Rennaissance—François Rabelais. The golden pen incorporated in the Frapin logo pays tribute to this illustrious family member—without whom the expression “divine bottle” would not exist.