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Calvados

The Calvados region is located in Basse-Normandie (Lowe Normandy), where apple cider was brewed perhaps as early as the 8th century and, today, Calvados is one of France’s best loved brandies, though unlike the grape brandies Cognac and Armagnac, Calvados is distilled from cider.

Whilst the popularity of French apple brandy grew, taxation and prohibition more or less contained it within the Calvados area, and after the French Revolution when the area was properly identified, the term Calvados was already in common usage when referring to apple brandy. The phylloxera outbreak during the 19th century ruined so many vineyards that Calvados experienced a boom of popularity – it being unaffected by the pest.

Calvados is a very popular digestif, and in France it is enjoyed as part of a “café-calva” – a hot coffee served with a glass of Calvados.

Calvados is distilled from a number of different apple varieties (over 200 are legally permitted), and it is not uncommon for there to be over 100 different varieties used to make a single Calvados. A combination of sweet, tart and inedible bitter apples are used to attain the right balance of flavour.

The apples are usually picked by hand, and are pressed and fermented to make cider. This is then distilled; either twice in a traditional Alembic, or singly in a continuous column still. The former still produces complex, well-ageing Calvados and the latter accounts for fresh, tangy, approachable Calvados.

The spirit is aged for a minimum of two years in oak casks, though it is not unusual for it to be aged for substantially longer – often decades.

Did you know?... ...Calvados is often enjoyed as part of “le trou Normand”, in which a small glass of Calvados is taken between courses in a meal, often with sorbet, as a palate cleanser.

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Avallen Calvados

70cl, 40%
Avallen

A delish drink that gives bees a boost AND is genuinely sustainable? Say hello to Avallen Calvados! The brand’s founders are on a mission to make the world better: as part of the 1% for the Planet…  More info

Avallen Calvados
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$34.96
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Père Magloire - Fine Pays d'Auge Calvados

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

Père Magloire's Fine, or VS, from Normandy. A delicious entry level Calvados.  More info

Père Magloire - Fine Pays d'Auge Calvados
2
$28.09
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Château du Breuil Fine Calvados

70cl, 40%
Château du Breuil

This Calvados from Château du Breuil is aged for 2 years before bottling, this was awarded a silver and "best in class" at the 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition and a Bronze at the 2009…  More info

Château du Breuil Fine Calvados
4
$29.14
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Pere Magloire VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

A VSOP Calvados from Pere Magloire, made with apples taken exclusively from the Pays d'Auge area of Normandy. For the VSOP, Pere Magloire aged this Calvados in oak casks for at least four years…  More info

Pere Magloire VSOP Pays d'Auge Calvados
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$34.33
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Busnel Trois Lys Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Busnel

An entry level expression from one of the bigger Calvados brands in the region, Busnel. Elegant, balanced and sweet with a touch of nuttiness and vanilla on the mid palate.  More info

Busnel Trois Lys Calvados Pays d'Auge
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$23.37

Boulard VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Boulard

VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge from one of the most well-known and well-loved producers of the spirit - Boulard. Their VSOP is made with spirits that have aged for 4 to 10 years before being crafted into…  More info

Boulard VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge
$37.23

Calvados Morin 25 Year Old Napoléon

70cl, 43%
Morin

From the long-running Calvados producer Morin (the family's history with the apple-based brandy stretches all the way back to 1889!) comes a 25 year old expression. After quarter of a century…  More info

Calvados Morin 25 Year Old Napoléon
$123.84

Christian Drouin 1980 Calvados Pays D'Auge

70cl, 42%
Christian Drouin

A fabulous Calvados from the lip-smacking Christian Drouin range, this one was distilled back in 1980. Over three decades of ageing later it was bottled up, choc full of orchard fruit, flowers and…  More info

Christian Drouin 1980 Calvados Pays D'Auge
$260.17

Lemorton 1972 Vieux Calvados

70cl, 40%
Lemorton

A 1972 vintage Calvados from the Lemorton range. Lemorton have a different vintages of Calvados reaching back into the 1960s, as well as some very well-aged expressions - top-quality stuff for sure.  More info

Lemorton 1972 Vieux Calvados
$338.24

Pere Magloire Extra Héritage

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

From Pere Magloire's delicious range of Calvados Pays d'Auge comes the Héritage Extra, a deluxe expression comprised of spirits which have aged for 20 years. A fantastic way to finish a rich meal...  More info

Pere Magloire Extra Héritage
$128.01
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Boulard Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados 50cl

50cl, 40%
Boulard

A 50cl bottling of Boulard's scrummy Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados, made with eaux-de-vie which has been matured for 2 to 5 years before blending and bottling.  More info

Boulard Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados 50cl
$27.05

Lemorton 15 Year Old Vieux Calvados

70cl, 40%
Lemorton

A 15 year old expression from excellent Calvados producer, Lemorton, based in Domfront. Great as a refreshing alternative to whisky for your postprandial tipple.  More info

Lemorton 15 Year Old Vieux Calvados
$112.40

Adrien Camut Reserve d'Adrien

70cl, 41%
Adrien Camut

Another very fine, and very old calvados from Adrien Camut. This is a rich, aromatic spirit with oodles of complexity, as you might expect from a calvados composed of spirit aged for between 35 and…  More info

Adrien Camut Reserve d'Adrien
$249.27

Berneroy VSOP Calvados

70cl, 40%
Berneroy

From the heart of the Calvados region, Berneroy aged this VSOP in Limousin oak for around 8 years. It has a great flavour and they recommend it with the cheeseboard, chocolate, or even as an…  More info

Berneroy VSOP Calvados
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$37.19
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Pere Magloire 12 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

Produced by Pere Magloire, the famed French Calvados that was previously owned by Veuve Clicquot. Made, of course, by distilling cider, it's been aged for 12 years to combine those happy apples with…  More info

Pere Magloire 12 Year Old Calvados
$67.64

Pere Magloire Calvados XO Mémoire

70cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

A delicious Pere Magloire Calvados which has been created using spirits that have aged for at least 15 years. Enjoy neat or over ice, as the distillers recommend.  More info

Pere Magloire Calvados XO Mémoire
$94.24

Domaine Dupont Hors D'Age

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

Aged for between 10 and 12 years in Loire valley oak casks, Domaine Dupont themselves recommend this as a good spirit for pairing with dark chocolate cake.  More info

Domaine Dupont Hors D'Age
$69.85

Hubert Calvados Pays d'Auge 2009

70cl, 42%
Hubert

Hubert creates some superb farm-produced Calvados in the Pay D'age les Vergers de la Moriniere county, and this 2009 vintage is no exception. Fruit from the 200-year-old tree next to the brand's…  More info

Hubert Calvados Pays d'Auge 2009
$38.03

Sassy Calvados XO

70cl, 40%
Sassy

An excellent Calvados from Château de Sassy, made with its very own cider as the base. The cider itself has been aged, before being distilled and matured for at least six years, initially in small…  More info

Sassy Calvados XO
$51.99

Anée Calvados Pays D'Auge Millesime 1988

70cl, 42%
Anée

A glorious 1988 vintage Calvados, produced by the Busnel Distillery in the Pays d'Auge region of Normandy. Cask matured and bottled for the Anée collection, it's a splendidly flavoursome example of…  More info

Anée Calvados Pays D'Auge Millesime 1988
$67.60

Père Magloire XO 200

70cl, 44%
Pere Magloire

Père Magloire celebrated its 200th anniversary in the perfect way for a world-famous Calvados producer to do so – by releasing an exceptional Calvados to mark the occasion! Cellar master Jean-Luc…  More info

Père Magloire XO 200
$87.28

Roger Groult Vénérable

70cl, 41%
Roger Groult

A premium expression of Calvados from Roger Groult in Pays d'Auge. Using Calvodos which has aged for at least 18 years, there's no mistaking that this is an exquisite drink. While Groult only uses…  More info

Roger Groult Vénérable
$77.13

Christian Drouin XO Calvados

70cl, 40%
Christian Drouin

XO Calvados from the esteemed Christian Drouin selection, which is double distilled and matured in small casks before being bottled up. Enjoyably oaky and warming, with rounded apple notes and…  More info

Christian Drouin XO Calvados
$72.80
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Christian Drouin Sélection Calvados

70cl, 40%
Christian Drouin

Sélection is the entry level expression from Christian Drouin's range - a young but flavoursome Calvados from the Domfront region, packed with vivid fruit notes. Suitable for use in cocktails and as…  More info

Christian Drouin Sélection Calvados
$34.28

Père Magloire Pommeau de Normandie

75cl, 17%
Pere Magloire

A French delight that bursts with fresh apple flavours, Père Magloire Pommeau de Normandie is made using a mix of their fantastic Calvados and apple cider must, which is then aged for 3 years. Serve…  More info

Père Magloire Pommeau de Normandie
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$20.72

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