Frerot Extra is a 100% Grande Champagne Cognac made from eau-de-vies with an age ranging from 30 to 50 years old. That kind of age isn’t remotely common, so I approached this brandy with significant enthusiasm.
Results? It’s perfectly agreeable, but to be honest, it’s vaguely disappointing.
The nose is fragrant and floral, very light on its feet and surprisingly youthful, with some camphor notes evident — something I would not expect in a brandy of this maturity.
Same story on the palate. Some light astringency leads the way to notes of linen, lavender, and cotton balls. It feels very spring-like, soft and floral, with its dominant elements running mainly to incense and potpourri. The fruity core of raisin and plum are present but incredibly soft and ephemeral, making for a finish that’s flat and again a bit astringent.
I compared this to some other cognacs of similar age and found it to be the most restrained of the bunch. Some may gravitate to that lithe, floral quality — my wife really loved it — but I was looking for something more unsubstantial.
82 proof. 1000 bottles produced.