I tried Terre de Sarment, Fruits Boisée and 1270, as those were the only three available in Vienna.
Frapin 1270 is named after the year the Frapin family established itself in the Cognac region of France as distillers. The perfume was created by Beatrice Cointreau, the great granddaughter of Pierre Frapin. Notes include exotic woods, spice, raisin, vine flowers, pepper, candied orange, nut, hazelnut, prune, cocoa, coffee, leather, woods, white honey and vanilla. (source Luckyscent)
“Together with Frapin’s Cellar Master, Beatrice Cointreau sought to create a noble fragrance full of the scents surrounding the creation of cognac. 1270 is dry, rich, velvety and smooth. The flowers of the once-proud Folle Blanche (a grape nearly extinct from the region), the vineyard grass, the wine warehouse, the rich smell of damp earth in the cellars, the wood of new casks, the loamy smell of humus where the ancestral cognacs are stored- all these notes can be detected in 1270.”
-excerpt from First in Fragrance
Frapin 1270 starts out very (and I mean very!) fruity, a basket of sweet, dried fruit blooms before my nose, almost too much, since I do not suffer sweetness gladly, but it manages to stay this side of too much just barely.
After a few minutes I start to get really on board. The sweetness recedes in favor of a rich woody, spicy, a bit leathery, powdery and simply gorgeous mélange of scents that are an extremely harmonious whole. This is a perfume that doesn’t make me hunt for notes, that refuses to give them up anyway, and that is fine, here I feel no urge to dissect it. I am presented with a smooth blend that is seamless and complete.
I feel transported to an evening soirée, a ball at the Hofburg (the castle of the Austrian Kaiser in Vienna) maybe. I am waltzing in a red gown to the music of Johann Strauss, I can hear the laughter of people around me, the clinking of champagne glasses. The world is a colorful whirl around me and the only thing in focus is my dance partners smiling face. And what I smell is Frapin 1270.
The longer I wear it the more I like it. While I do not wholeheartedly love the top notes in their fruity glory, I like how it progresses into a smooth, yet complex oriental gourmand.
It is more elegant than its younger sibling 1697, more reserved, less sensual and erotically charged, but still very inviting in its way. It wears close to the skin, but is impressive in its longevity.