Cognac Frapin Cuvée 1888 is selected from the most precious stock, some of which even predates 1888, passed down through the generations and a tribute to the extraordinary achievements of company founder Pierre Frapin, the original owner of one of the leading Grande Champagne Premier Grand Cru vineyards in Cognac.
In 1888 he replanted the vineyard decimated by phylloxera with American rootstock from Denison Texas. That same year, he was preparing to participate in the World Fair of 1889 in Paris. As Gustave Eiffel was entering the final stages of construction of his famous tower, Pierre Frapin was busy selecting the cuvee that would be awarded a gold medal. This Gold Medal is still kept in the "Eiffel Cellar" at the Frapin estate in Segonzac, where Eiffel was subsequently commissioned to design a commemorative “chai” which today remains a local landmark.
A blend of very old Grande Champagne cognacs distilled on their lees and kept in the tranquil dark cellars of the Château de Fontpinot, Cuvée 1888 has superb floral notes of the Folle Blanche grape, which is no longer used for making cognac. This Cuvée shows amazing character. Powerful yet subtle, it combines history with blending expertise resulting in a tribute to Cognac’s Grande Champagne Premier Grand Cru vineyards.
Cuvée 1888 is housed in a fine crystal fashioned from blown glass at the Cristalleries Royales de Champagne, the decanter has a 24 carat fine gold thread that winds around it and a 24 carat fine gold stopper made by Les Etains d'Anjou. The decanter itself is contained in a decorative wooden gift box. A small drawer in the base holds an unusual fob watch with a flick mechanism, a reproduction of a model designed in 1888, gilded with fine gold.
A limited edition of only 1,888 of these 700 ml decanters in wooden gift boxes was produced.
“Its highly complex aromas show notes of dried fruit, walnuts and hazelnuts, raisins and prune with candied orange and enchanting balsamic, roasted, toasty notes of cocoa and tonka beans and coffee. The heart is a sublime harmony of vine flowers with a splash of everlasting flowers mingling with the sweetness of linden on a background of pepper, sweet spice, summer flower honey and vanilla, leather and precious woods.”