Calvados 12 ans
A.O.C. Calvados du Pays d'Auge
Calvados 12 ans has aged 12 years in oak barrels, with 25% of new oak.
- Clay and Oxfordian marl soil.
- 80% of bittersweet apples
20% of acid apples
- from September to November
- Alcohol cont.
- 42 % 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 6 months 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: Twelve years minimum. In toasted 400 l (88 imperial gallon) oak barrels, 25% of which are new. Bottled when ordered.
Eyes: Golden mahogany. Clear and brilliant, bright meniscus, fine legs.
Nose: Intense, complex, with hints of roasted coffee, of confit apples and vanilla. The aromas of apple develop gradually to become dominant.
Mouth: Sweet, slight bitterness, intense and round, well built and fruity. Good concentration.
(Read also: Tasting Calvados)
- Storage: very long, bottles upright without special precautions.
- As an Aperitif: on its own, or possibly over ice.
- As a Digestive: perfect for enthusiasts of fine eaux-de-vie, dark chocolate and cigars.
Le Nouvel Observateur : "an excellent introduction to all the voluptuousness of the cider eau-de-vie".
Bottle types: 150 cl - 70 cl - 50 cl - 35 cl - Carafe