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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.

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
10
$38.14

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
$34.60
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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
2
$28.04

Pâpidoux Fine Calvados

70cl, 40%
Pâpidoux

The entry-level Calvados from well-known producer, Pâpidoux. Refreshing and juicy, though not without depth of spicy, oak-y qualities. A wonderful alternative disgestif if you're looking for a change…  More info

Pâpidoux Fine Calvados
$33.97

Père Magloire Pommeau de Normandie

70cl, 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
1
$22.74

Domaine Dupont VSOP Calvados

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

This delectable VSOP Calvados was created by the Etienne family in the heart of the Calvados region. Domaine Dupont VSOP is juicy, crisp and fruity.  More info

Domaine Dupont VSOP Calvados
1
$54.69

Château Du Breuil 15 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 41%
Château du Breuil

15 year old Calvados, produced for Château Du Breuil's scrumptious range of expressions. This is a double distilled Calvados, which spends a decade-and-a-half ageing in Normandy, before being…  More info

Château Du Breuil 15 Year Old Calvados
$68.47

Domaine Dupont Calvados Pays d'Auge Fine

70cl, 40%
Domaine Dupont

A fruit-forward Calvados from the wonderful Domaine Dupont over in Normandy. The apples are mixed, crushed, pressed and then fermented, and then finally aged in oak.  More info

Domaine Dupont Calvados Pays d'Auge Fine
$45.62

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
$42.43

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
$41.73

Domaine Dupont Millésime 1988

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

Well-aged Calvados from the fantastic Domaine Dupont range, distilled in 1988. Explore history via the medium of distilled apples!  More info

Domaine Dupont Millésime 1988
$136.99

Hubert Calvados Pays d’Auge 2002

70cl, 42%
Hubert

Made by Michel Hubert on his farm in the Pay D'age les Vergers de la Moriniere county, Hubert Calvados Pays d’Auge 2002 is a sweet calvados made with no fewer than 15 apple varieties, as well as a…  More info

Hubert Calvados Pays d’Auge 2002
1
$49.60

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
3
$38.55

Château du Breuil Réserve des Seigneurs XO

70cl, 41%
Château du Breuil

Réserve des Seigneurs XO is a 20 year old Calvados from Château du Breuil in Normandy. This is a very rich and supple spirit.  More info

Château du Breuil Réserve des Seigneurs XO
1
$83.53

Domaine Dupont 30 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 41%
Domaine Dupont

Created using 80% bittersweet apples and 20% acid apples from trees grown in clay and Oxford Marl soil, the apples are harvested from September to November before being mixed, crushed and pressed…  More info

Domaine Dupont 30 Year Old Calvados
$190.67

Domaine Dupont Millésime 1980

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

A long-aged Calvados from the respected distillers at Domaine Dupont - this vintage offering was distilled back in 1980! Would make for a superb aperitif or pair handsomely with a dark chocolate…  More info

Domaine Dupont Millésime 1980
$262.62

Berneroy XO Calvados

70cl, 40%
Berneroy

An XO Calvados from Berneroy - situated in the heart of the region. This is Berneroy's premium expression, a blend that features Calvados which has been well aged in oak casks. It is brilliantly…  More info

Berneroy XO Calvados
1
$51.78

Domaine Dupont 12 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 42%
Domaine Dupont

Made from apples that are mixed, crushed and pressed before the juice is fermented into cider to be distilled. Six months after fermentation, the cider then undergoes a double distillation before…  More info

Domaine Dupont 12 Year Old Calvados
$82.17

Busnel Calvados Pays D'Auge 1988 Millesime

70cl, 42%
Busnel

1988 was a good year. We saw Tom Hanks star in Big as well as the release of, arguably, one of the best feature length animated films ever made; The Land Before Time. Whilst all that excitement was…  More info

Busnel Calvados Pays D'Auge 1988 Millesime
$74.18

Calvados Morin 2003 Triple Cask

70cl, 43%
Morin

Behold, a 2003 vintage Calvados from the ever-wonderful Morin! Dubbed Triple Cask, this fruity spirit was also treated to a Sauternes cask finish before bottling, so it's packed full of orchard fruit…  More info

Calvados Morin 2003 Triple Cask
$103.87

Boulard Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados 70cl

70cl, 40%
Boulard

Boulard Grand Solage is a sweet, rich Calvados made with cider that has been double-distilled. The eaux-de-vie used in the Grand Solage ranges between 2 to 5 year old. The Boulard Calvados company…  More info

Boulard Grand Solage Pays d'Auge Calvados 70cl
$38.72

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
$105.33

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
$285.51

Domaine Dupont 1975 Pays D'Auge Calvados

70cl, 41%
Domaine Dupont

Dupont is a third generation producer situated in the top Calvados-producing region known as Pays d’Auge. Family-owned, the estate is currently run by Etienne Dupont who took over from his father…  More info

Domaine Dupont 1975 Pays D'Auge Calvados
$336.84

Calvados Morin 20 Year Old XO Pays d'Auge

70cl, 42%
Morin

A Pays d'auge Calvados from Morin, aged for at least 20 years before bottling. A rich, flavoursome expression which should make for an excellent aperitif.  More info

Calvados Morin 20 Year Old XO Pays d'Auge
$106.28

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