Multimillésime No 6 Cognac
Cognac house Frapin releases the latest of its limited edition Multimillésime blends
Review by Rupert Watkins
One of the finer luxuries in life is sampling a truly delicious cognac. With that in mind, laying my uneducated paws on Frapin’s latest addition to their Multimillésime series was a treat. Under the direction of Patrice Priveteau, the house’s cellar master, the 1986, 1988 and 1991 vintages have been carefully blended. There will be a limited run of 1,270 bottles.
The Multimillésime No 6 is wonderfully soft, with a sweet edge to it with. Ever so slightly smokey on the nose, there are hints of brown sugar and honey upon tasting as well as in the aftertaste. There was also the chance to sample the individual vintages that make up No 6. The 1988 was a standout with lovely rich and nutty aromas and pleasing sweetness. The 1991 was very different; somewhat lighter with a slight lemon/ grapefruit nose and more fruity taste with hints of apricot and liquorice.
The Frapin estate has been tended by the same family in Southwest France since the 13th Century. Headquartered in the town of Segonzac, the estate owns 300 hectares of land entirely in the Grande Champagne area, of which 200 are planted with vines. It was the first cognac house to invent a multi-vintage blend, combining vintages of different years.
When fully released in the UK, Multimillésime No 6 will be retailing for just over £200. The individual cognac vintages can be found for anything between £150 and £190. Should one’s drink tray budget not quite push that high, Frapin’s Château de Fontpinot XO is also delicious with a lovely sweet aftertaste, further hints of brown sugar and a slight floral hints on the nose. This can be found for just over £90.