The FRAPIN family has been established in the South West of France since 1270, initially as a family of wine-growers. They then became distillers and have continued in this tradition for 20 generations. The Grande Champagne region, Premier Grand Cru du Cognac was where the family chose to settle. They established their headquarters in the Fontpinot Castle at Segonzac.
One of the FRAPIN family's ancestors is the famous 16th century author François RABELAIS, son of Antoine Rabelais and Catherine FRAPIN. The House of FRAPIN pays tribute to its illustrious ancestor with the prestigious 'Cuvée Rabelais'.
Today the FRAPIN estate covers 300 hectares entirely in Grande Champagne, officially listed as Premier Grand Cru du Cognac, of which 200 hectares are planted with the 'Ugni-Blanc' grape variety.
The FRAPIN Estate has crumbly, chalky soil which is identical to the soil in Reims, hence the appellation "Grande Champagne".