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FRAPIN & CIE | Checkmate



Eau de parfum

Make your move...

Everyone knows that we love a good inspiration story, and the story of Checkmate is beautiful, rich in history and family traditions.

The story goes, Henri Frapin likes to relax on these springtime Sundays in the garden opposite the property, built in 1702 and located above the production site. He contemplates this region made up of woodland, rivers and pastures where he was born and which is in his blood. He considers the manna provided by this nectar that the family has produced since 1889. His favourite time is when his son joins him at around 11am when the sun’s rays warm up this headland of forest above Segonzac. The chessboard stands ready. His son sits and wordlessly resumes this metaphorical battle, the togetherness with his father in the pleasures of the game. The spring breeze brings with it the refreshing fragrances of the surrounding groves. The sun warms the citrus fruits which ripen in the terracotta pot on the table while the iris and heliotropes which line the path leading to the perron discard their coverings of dew and open up to fill the air with their scents. Henri serves his son his traditional cardamom tea, a spice which shares its origins with this age-old game. Both players strive to checkmate the other while at the same time putting off the moment with a view to prolonging these special moments, this bridge between two generations, this connection of fatherly love which will bond them together forever.

Top noes
Bergamot essence from Italy
Lemon essence from Italy
Cardamom essence from India

Heart notes
Green leather
Heliotrope flower

Essence of Virginian cedarwood
Cashmere wood
Modern woods

How it wears 
Checkmate is a cocktail of the best things about our favourite Frapin fragrances. Upon first spray on the skin you get the fresh and uplifting citrus, accompanied by a hint of exotic cardamom. Then, the sweet powder of the heliotrope and iris is revealed—you can imagine the florals in an immaculate French garden releasing their scent in the midday sun. The iris then drags the suede and woody notes in with it, which gives the fragrance an earthy depth. Its lasting power is wonderful, it hangs around for at least 6 hours.

Why we love it
We love this rich, creamy and leathery number. Now, not that we have ever had tea on a brisk but bright day in the gardens of our manor house, but this is what we imagine that smells like! A winter dream, in a perfume bottle!

About the brand
As one of the oldest family owned businesses still operating, the Frapin family have been renowned vine growers for 21 generations. One of the finest cognac producers in the world, Frapin’s style embodies the very essence of cognac—knowledge and well-established methods passed down through generations of the Frapin family.

Frapin’s fragrances are lovingly produced on a small batch scale to preserve their outstanding quality. Much like the production of Frapin’s cognac, their perfume line is a composition of their knowledge; their passion for quality ingredients, taking time to develop finely honed skills. Sourcing and selecting the most beautiful raw ingredients, taking the time to showcase sophisticated and complex fragrant compositions and honouring traditions. As Frapin believe, the “quintessence of luxury is taking time to create beauty”.
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