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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

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$35.22
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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
$28.41

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
3
$23.64
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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
$29.47
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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
$99.42

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
4
$37.62
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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
$96.05

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
$37.69
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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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$34.73
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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
$68.38

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
$63.12

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
$263.19

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
$342.16

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
$125.27

Calvados Morin 30 Year Old Age d’Or

70cl, 43%
Morin

A brilliant calvados from the wonderful Morin, this 30 year old expression was released to commemorate the three generation working together at the family-run house. The well-aged bottling saw three…  More info

Calvados Morin 30 Year Old Age d’Or
$143.12

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
$252.16

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
$70.66

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
$52.59

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
$73.64
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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
$38.47

Busnel VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Busnel

The VSOP expression from Pays d'Auge Calvados producer, Busnel. Following its double distillation, this Calvados spends at least 4 years in oak casks before being bottled, resulting in a depth of…  More info

Busnel VSOP Calvados Pays d'Auge
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$30.79

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
$63.15

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
$34.68

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
$88.98

Domfrontais 3 Star Calvados

70cl, 42%
Pacory

This is Pacory's 3 Star Calvados, which has been aged for three years before bottling. Bright and lively with fresh apple notes throughout.  More info

Domfrontais 3 Star Calvados
$34.84

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