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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.

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
$360.81

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
$35.26

Le Clos d'Orval Calvados 12 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Le Clos d'Orval

12 year old Calvados from Le Clos d'Orval - rich and complex with fragrant, vibrant apple freshness combined with classic oak-y spices. An excellent aperitif, and could also make for an interesting…  More info

Le Clos d'Orval Calvados 12 Year Old
$54.98

Le Clos d'Orval 25 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 40%
Le Clos d'Orval

This Le Clos d'Orval Calvados spends a quarter of a century resting in oak casks before being bottled! 25 years is a long time, but the cider-based spirit from Le Clos d'Orval stands up to it very…  More info

Le Clos d'Orval 25 Year Old Calvados
$96.62

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
$61.55

Roger Groult 8 Year Old

70cl, 41%
Roger Groult

Roger Groult produces Calvados in Pays d'Auge, France, using over 30 varieties of apple for a complex, intriguing flavour profile. Although the laws in Pays d'Auge say you are allowed to use pears in…  More info

Roger Groult 8 Year Old
$61.69

Christian Drouin Réserve des Fiefs Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 40%
Christian Drouin

This is Christian Drouin's Réserve des Fiefs Calvados, crafted with spirits which have been matured for at least three years. Refreshing and vibrant, with hints of spicy oak peeking through on the…  More info

Christian Drouin Réserve des Fiefs Calvados Pays d'Auge
$50.50

Le Lieu Chéri 10 Year Old Calvados Pays d'Auge

70cl, 42%
Le Lieu Chéri

A 10 year old Pays d'Auge Calvados from apple aficionados, Lieu Cheri. A delicious postprandial drink.  More info

Le Lieu Chéri 10 Year Old Calvados Pays d'Auge
$49.22

Boulard Hors d'Age Pays d'Auge Calvados

70cl, 43%
Boulard

Hors d'Age Calvados from renowned producer, Boulard. Made with a selection of Pays d'Auge Calvados, which have been matured between 10 and 20 years, this expression strikes a great balance between…  More info

Boulard Hors d'Age Pays d'Auge Calvados
$69.19

Domfrontais VSOP Calvados

70cl, 42%
Pacory

VSOP Calvados from little-known producer, Pacory. Very light and easy-going with plenty of fruit up-front.  More info

Domfrontais VSOP Calvados
$39.24

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
$63.04

Château du Breuil Réserve du Château

70cl, 40%
Château du Breuil

Réserve du Château is an 8 year old Calvados from Château du Breuil, carefully matured for a wonderful aroma of walnut, almond and vanilla. Awarded a silver and a "best in class" at the International…  More info

Château du Breuil Réserve du Château
$48.98

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
$81.57

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
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$26.23

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
$38.90

Le Lieu Chéri 5 Year Old

70cl, 42%
Le Lieu Chéri

Five year old Calvados Pays d'Auge from Lieu Cheri, who have 4 generations of experience of general apple deliciousness behind them. Great as an aperitif, or as an alternative to an after-dinner…  More info

Le Lieu Chéri 5 Year Old
$40.54

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
$168.86

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
$41.94

Boulard La Cuvée Vincent

70cl, 40%
Boulard

The La Cuvée Vincent expression from Boulard's Calvados range is made with a blend of spirits that have been aged between three to six years in oak casks before being bottled. With a vibrant,…  More info

Boulard La Cuvée Vincent
$33.01

Château du Breuil Réserve des Seigneurs XO (2L)

200cl, 41%
Château du Breuil

A 20 year old Calvados from the excellent Château du Breuil. Full bodied with oak tannins, this premium Calvados from Normandy is best served at room temperature. This is a splendidly sizeable 2…  More info

Château du Breuil Réserve des Seigneurs XO (2L)
$176.30

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
$85.13

Roger Groult Réserve Calvados

70cl, 40%
Roger Groult

The Roger Groult family distillery can be found in the hills of the Pays d'Auge, where they've been making their Calvados for 5 generations! Distilled twice in traditional direct-fired stills, this…  More info

Roger Groult Réserve Calvados
$37.05

Adrien Camut Prestige Calvados

70cl, 40%
Adrien Camut

Aged for between 40 and 50 years, Adrien Camut distil this the family's stills, one of which was made in the 1920s! The spirit enters the barrels at 62%abv, and after maturation this offers up notes…  More info

Adrien Camut Prestige Calvados
$328.92

Adrien Camut 6 Year Old Calvados

70cl, 40%
Adrien Camut

The Camut family has been making calvados for nearly two centuries. This is a delicious spirit created in pot stills, the oldest of which dates back to the 1920s. The result is a big, spiced apple…  More info

Adrien Camut 6 Year Old Calvados
$58.78

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
$29.01

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