The only castle in Premier cru to have appellation 100% Grande Champagne.
The FRAPIN family has been established in the South West of France since 1270, initially as a family of winegrowers. They then became distillers and have continued in this tradition for 20 generations. The Grande Champagne region, Premier Cru de Cognac was where the family chose to settle. They established their headquarters in the Fontpinot Castle at Segonzac.
Today the FRAPIN estate covers 300 hectares entirely in Grande Champagne, officially listed as Premier Cru de Cognac, of which 200 hectares are planted with the ‘Ugni-Blanc’ grape variety
Cognac comes from a very precisely mapped viticultural sector which is marked out by law. There are 74,000 hectares divided into 6 crus or varieties: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois and Bois Ordinaires. These crus vary by the respective quality of their produce, which depend on the soils composition.
The FRAPIN estate has crumbly, chalky soil which is identical to the soil in Reims, hence the appellation “Grande Champagne”.