Hurry, These 21 Limited Edition Cognac Frapin 750 Bottles Are The Only Way To Celebrate An …

The history of Cognac is steeped in tradition and filled with notables and royals spanning the centuries. Napoleon was well known for his love of “l’eau du vie,” twice distilled and barrel aged white wine from the Cognac region of southwestern France.

Not surprising considering that the family Frapin, producers of some of the world’s best cognacs, Cognac Frapin, were granted aristocratic status in 1696 by King Louis XIV.

More recently, 90’s rap royalty, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dog and Jay Z, all praised cognac as the drink of choice for the imbibing elite. The famed white grapes that grow across the Grande Champagne make some of the most noteworthy cognac or “‘yak” as it’s been nicknamed.

During this unprecedented year and to mark the 750th anniversary of Cognac Frapin’s operation within the same family, Cellar Master Patrice Piveteau is celebrating 2020 in style. The Frapin 750 is something of a rare bird and limited to only 21 bottles produced, one for each of the 21 generations preceding. Patrice Piveteau visited the Paradise Cellar at Chateau Fontpinot and sourced barrels dating from as far back as the 19th century. The rare liquid will be housed, of course, in a limited edition Baccarat bottle complete with tasting glasses etched in Belle Époque-era grape vines.

The Frapin family has been Present on the land since the 13th century and transitioned from winegrowers to distillers. In 1892, founder Pierre Frapin commissioned Gustave Eiffel to design the Frapin blending cellars at the Chateau. It hasn’t been all success, the region of Cognac has seen many challenges the over the years. In the 1870s, the Frapin vineyard survived a phylloxera infestation which swept the region and devestated wine grapes and vines.

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“Frapin 750 is an invitation to experience a journey through time.” -Patrice Piveteau

While the taste is rich and nuanced with hints of pear, cocoa and dried prune the liquid itself has hints of mahogany and pours a rich amber. The blending process itself was a meditation on the history of Frapin and an exploration of forgotten scents and tastes.

How should one experience such a pure moment in Cognac history? See below for tips and tricks from Patrice Piveteau, Cellar Master extraordinaire.

What is the best way to drink Cognac Frapin 750?

Is it best as before-dinner or after-dinner drink

What before-dinner foods pair well?

Frapin 750 is a special blend of extremely old barrels found in the cellars of Chateau Fontpinot, and it is meant to be enjoyed after a really good dinner, when you’re sitting reminiscing about the food you’ve eaten, and are now having cognac as a dessert. If you plan on drinking Frapin 750 during the day, feel free to do so at 11am or so, before lunch, but make sure you have enough time to savor the cognac.

What after-dinner foods pair well?

This cognac was made to be enjoyed on its own, however, if you plan on pairing it with something – chocolate pairs together beautifully. Chocolate mousse with grapes, pear cake with chocolate, tarts with chocolate, banana, caramel & coffee all seamlessly highlight the rare cognac. When sipping Cognac, what over-the-top places are most comfortable? Before a fire, on a bear skin rug? What is a dream luxury scenario, or most interesting story you have with cognac? Is there a special glass or shape of ice? Frapin 750 symbolizes tradition, old know-how, history! So, we would suggest drinking it in a traditional way – before a fire, with a significant other or a best friend – and then the world stops. Since it is a special liquid, use a crystal glass, like the two Baccarat ones we created for this special carafe. Ice is not recommended for Frapin 750 as it is meant to be enjoyed neat.

Can you wear a ballgown and tuxedo?

This specific cognac deserves respect so yes, wear your absolute best clothes to match this glorious cognac. In all seriousness, wear something you are comfortable in and relax as you are about to enjoy very rare nectar!

Dark chocolate (try macaroons or a chocolate mouse) brings out the vanilla and woody flavours of the cognac. The long aromatic finish of the cognac is enhanced with cheeses such as Mimolette, Parmesan, a ewe’s milk cheese or blue cheese

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