A unique château-designated cognac comprising a blend of Frapin family reserves with an average barrel age of 18-20 years from date of harvest ? as opposed to a minimum 6 ½ years required by law. Distilled, aged and bottled at Frapin?s Chateau Fontpinot. This cognac was a Trophy and Gold Medal award-winner at the 1998 International Spirits Challenge in London. Production Technique: At Frapin no more than 2 hours are allowed to lapse between harvest and pressing. Frapin cognacs undergo an entirely natural fermentation: no cultivated yeasts are added. To retain freshness of fruit, filtration is not permitted at Frapin. Distillation is conducted in one of Frapin?s four special Charentes copper stills. Frapin cognacs are subject to a double-distillation process. Aging is conducted in Limousin oak casks. Winery Description: Family-owned Pierre Frapin is a rarity among cognac producers ? one of few such firms to own its own vineyards. Frapi?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.