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Frapin 1697


From award-winning cognac distiller P. Frapin & Cie comes Frapin 1697. One of the oldest families in France, the Frapin family, located at Fontpinot Castle in the Grand Champagne region of France, has been in the distillery business since 1207.  In 2008 they launched their perfume line.

At first glance it might seem odd to have fine fragrances come from a distillery, instead of a fashion house or jeweler, but it makes perfect sense since both distillers and perfumers are in the business of transforming plants into complex sensory experiences.

Currently, there are seven fragrances in the Frapin line each one representing a different aspect of life around the castle throughout the years. Frapin 1697 was named for the year Louis XIV, the Sun King, granted nobility to the Frapin family. Known for his indulgences - women, gambling, dance, drink – Frapin 1697 represents Louis’s court: exotic, rich and boozy.

Frapin 1697 opens with booze - a shot of mouthwatering whiskey followed by rum that’s warmed by pepper, with labdanum adding notes of leather and resin so that it becomes deep, dark and delicious. Sounds a bit masculine right about now, but this frag was designed to be unisex. As it moves to the middle, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose appear and add a feminine dimension. These are warmed by spicy, exotic clove and cinnamon. Dried fruits add a little sweetness. At the base, tonka bean appears, bolstered by vanilla give it a creamy, exotic sweetness. Patchouli adds mustiness blending in beautifully with cedarwood while musk tames any boldness and smoothes the whole blend out.
Frapin 1697 a boozy, rich and intoxicating fragrance from start to finish that smells great on a man or a woman.

Currently Frapin 1697 is an exclusive with only 1697 special-edition numbered bottles produced. Mine is 0012.

Notes: cabreuva, davana,rum, cistus, pink peppercorn, jasmine, sambac, hawthorn, ylang ylang, clove, cinnamon, dried fruits, rose, ambergris, tonka bean, patchouli, cedarwood, cistus, musk, vanilla

Type: Absolu de Parfum

Parfumeur: Bertrand Duchaufour

Price: $8.00