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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.

Norois Calvados Trois Pommes - 1980s

70cl, 42%
Norois

A 1980s bottling of Calvados from Norois, dubbed 'Trois Pommes'. Thus, we assume it was made with three different kinds of apples. This brown ceramic bottle also comes with its original wooden…  More info

Norois Calvados Trois Pommes - 1980s
$149.81

Roy d'Yvetot Calvados - 1970s

Roy d'Yvetot

This is a bottle of Calvados du bon Roy d'Yvetot produced by Cusenier during the 1970s, which makes it a real treat for collectors. The logo is a fella enjoying himself with a flagon of what I…  More info

Roy d'Yvetot Calvados - 1970s
$99.87

Lemorton Rareté Vieux Calvados

70cl, 40%
Lemorton

Domfront, at the south of Calvados, is home to the Lemorton family. They create their elegant, fruity Calvados with a blend of 70% pears and 30% apples. They age the cider in oak for almost a year…  More info

Lemorton Rareté Vieux Calvados
$508.74

Boulard XO Auguste Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Boulard

This XO Calvados from Normandy distillery Boulard is named in homage to their founder, Pierre Auguste. All the way back in 1825, he opened the house, and since then, the great Calvados has been…  More info

Boulard XO Auguste Calvados Pays d'Auge
$161.97
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Adrien Camut Reserve de Semainville 41%

70cl, 41%
Adrien Camut

An absolutely gorgeous Calvados from Adrien Camut, made using spirits which have been aged between 20 and 25 years. This'll make for an astonishing aperitif.  More info

Adrien Camut Reserve de Semainville 41%
$176.81

Calvados Morin 35 Year Old - Henri IV

70cl, 45%
Morin

Old Calvados is a glorious thing that we don't see nearly enough of these days - which is why we're more than happy to show off this 35 year old Calvados from the long-running producer, Morin (who…  More info

Calvados Morin 35 Year Old - Henri IV
$189.74

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
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$86.95

Christian Drouin 1990 Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 42%
Christian Drouin

From the ever-wonderful Christian Drouin comes this 1990 vintage Calvados. The apple brandy was aged in old Calvados and Cognac casks until 2019 when it was bottled. A suitably oaky, fruity and…  More info

Christian Drouin 1990 Calvados Pays d'Auge
$172.64

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
$249.18
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Christian Drouin Hors d’Age Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 42%
Christian Drouin

The Hors d'Age Calvados Pays d'Auge from little-known producer Christian Drouin, spends 15 years matured in oak casks before it's ready to be enjoyed. Following its long maturation, this intense…  More info

Christian Drouin Hors d’Age Calvados Pays d'Auge
$88.37
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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
$73.82

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
$69.82
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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
$291.29

Calvados Domfrontais Hors D'age Domaine Pacory

70cl, 42%
Pacory

A Hors d'Auge Calvados Domfrontais from Domaine Pacory, made with a high percentage of pears as well as apples.  More info

Calvados Domfrontais Hors D'age  Domaine Pacory
$39.59

Pere Magloire Calvados XO (50cl)

50cl, 40%
Pere Magloire

XO Calvados here from the famous Pere Magloire range - just the ticket if you're looking for an alternative to whisky for you after-dinner drinks. The XO spends at least 9 years ageing in oak casks…  More info

Pere Magloire Calvados XO (50cl)
$57.06

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
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Château du Breuil VSOP Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Château du Breuil

Château du Breuil VSOP is distilled from fruit from the 42 hectares of hillside orchards before maturation in Troncais or Limousin oak. Soft and rounded.  More info

Château du Breuil VSOP Pays d'Auge
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$35.72

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
$260.08

Adrien Camut 6 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 41%
Adrien Camut

When your family has been in the Calvados business for almost two centuries, you've probably picked up a few tricks of the trade to make some spectacular spirits. Adrien Camut's family has indeed…  More info

Adrien Camut 6 Year Old Calvados
$66.53

Boulard Extra Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Boulard

After seven years of crafting, Boulard finally settled on the recipe for their Boulard Extra, made with a selection of very old and elegant Calvados. It was certainly worth the time, as this…  More info

Boulard Extra Calvados Pays d'Auge
$373.56
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Christian Drouin 1970 Calvados Pays D'Auge

70cl, 42%
Christian Drouin

A supremely well-aged Calvados from Christian Drouin, this one was distilled back in 1970, when the king of Rock & Roll Elvis Presley ruled the music charts! It was aged in oak for most of its days,…  More info

Christian Drouin 1970 Calvados Pays D'Auge
$374.52

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
$36.24

Adrien Camut 12 Year Old Calvados 41%

70cl, 41%
Adrien Camut

12 year old Calvados from Adrien Camut. When maturing their Calvados, they don't fill the barrels right to the top - they fill them to 75% full, as this increases the rate of oxidation, naturally…  More info

Adrien Camut 12 Year Old Calvados 41%
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$98.79

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
$62.37

Christian Drouin VSOP Calvados

70cl, 40%
Christian Drouin

VSOP Calvados from the incredible Christian Drouin range, which enjoys a double distillation before being set aside for a slumber in 225-litre ex-wine casks. Calvados makes for a marvellous…  More info

Christian Drouin VSOP Calvados
$54.04

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