A.O.C. Calvados du Pays d'Auge
Calvados Fine has aged 2 years in oak barrels, with 50% of new oak.
- Clay and Oxfordian marl soil.
- 80% of bittersweet apples
20% of acid apples
- from September to November
- Alcohol cont.
- 40 % vol.
The apples are mixed, crushed and pressed. The apple juice is fermented right out to give cider to be distilled. Double distillation is carried out one month after the fermentation has taken place. The first distillation gives the "petite eau" at 30% by volume and it is the second distillation, that of the "petite eau" which gives the Calvados.
Aging: Two years minimum. In toasted 400 l (88 imperial gallon) oak barrels, 50% of which are new. Bottled when ordered.
Eyes: Golden yellow. Clear and brilliant
Nose: fine, complex, very intense. Aromas of apple, pear, vanilla and citrus with earthy hints .
Mouth: Round and fresh. Shows fruity aromas, of vanilla and dried fruits. A well integrated whole with good intensity.
(Read also: Tasting Calvados)
- Storage: very long, bottles upright without special precautions.
- As an Aperitif: on its own, over ice, or with a drop or two of water to let it release its aromas.
- For Cooking: to flambé, and for sorbets and granités.
- As a Digestive: Drinking temperature 20-22°C (68 to 72°F). Must be given time to breathe. Very gastronomic. Accompanies dark chocolate and fine cigars.
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Bottle types: 70 cl - 50 cl - 35 cl