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Calvados

Apple brandy was probably used during the Napoleonic wars as both an antiseptic and anaesthetic.  It was certainly supplied to many of the French ships for their sailors when they called into the Normandy ports.  The appellation “Calvados” however, is a much more modern term officially given in 1942 (although the name was given to a Normandy department in 1790).  Driving from the Normandy ports in a southerly direction one passes the apple and pear orchards of the top cru, Pays d’Auge, a land famous for its cheese and cidre, the basis of the calvados spirit. Like cognac, calvados must be double-distilled in pot stills and aged in oak casks.  The industry is small and has not grown significantly since the war, so vintages are relatively scarce.  Anything made before 1960 is considered “old”.

A range of different apples are used initially to create the finest cidre - bitter, bitter sweet, acidic and sweet.  These apples have low levels of acidity so small, firm, Perry pears are also added.  This addition, usually 12 – 15 % of the total, is essential as it increases the acidity of the cidre to the level required for distillation.  Therefore some calvados, especially young ones, can have a pear drop taste which many people dislike.  With long barrel ageing this is significantly reduced because the calvados builds a richness which masks the pungency of the Perry pear.  Another method of masking this flavour is to harvest only naturally fallen apples which have started to go brown.  At this stage the water content of the apple has dropped and the sugar content is at its highest.  These apples produce a sweeter cider and ultimately a sweeter calvados, with baked apple aromas and flavours.

At Brandyclassics we only stock Pays d’Auge calvados which have been well-aged.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to find rare, vintage calvados.

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  1. Dupont more than 12 Year Old Pays d'Auge Calvados
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    Dupont are probably the finest traditional calvados producer in Normandy. We believe that calvados younger than about 8 years old is best used in cooking but this 12 year old blend is a fine example of their understanding of this fine spirit.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Currants and pears, vanilla and apple, some toffee but also drier walnut tones. Fresh aroma
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Slightly rounder and richer flavour to the vintages. The pear is apparent but not overbearing and does not hide a wonderful balance developed from good distilling and the natural ageing process. This calvados has a rounder balance than other similar vintages
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    Regular Price: £77.75

    Special Price Excl. VAT: £58.32 Incl. VAT: £69.98

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    Dupont are probably the finest traditional calvados producer in Normandy. We believe that calvados younger than about 8 years old is best used in cooking but this 12 year old blend is a fine example of their understanding of this fine spirit.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Currants and pears, vanilla and apple, some toffee but also drier walnut tones. Fresh aroma
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Slightly rounder and richer flavour to the vintages. The pear is apparent but not overbearing and does not hide a wonderful balance developed from good distilling and the natural ageing process. This calvados has a rounder balance than other similar vintages
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  2. Château du Breuil 15 Year Old Pays d'Auge Calvados

    International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 - Gold Medal

    You have to imagine the smell as a child, coming home from school just as granny is taking a fruit cake out of the oven, this calvados is full of sultana and baked apple aromas and a rich baked apple taste. It is made from 80% fallen apples that have a higher sugar content.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruit cake and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very rich, the fruit cake aroma is enhanced with baked toffee apple, vanilla and a hint of pear also comes through.
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    Excl. VAT: £75.34 Incl. VAT: £90.41

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    International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 - Gold Medal

    You have to imagine the smell as a child, coming home from school just as granny is taking a fruit cake out of the oven, this calvados is full of sultana and baked apple aromas and a rich baked apple taste. It is made from 80% fallen apples that have a higher sugar content.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fruit cake and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very rich, the fruit cake aroma is enhanced with baked toffee apple, vanilla and a hint of pear also comes through.
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  3. Pomme Prisonniere
    An apple in a bottle. Drouin produce some 10,000 of these every year and the orchards are rather interesting to see as they are all hung with apples growing in bottles. Only the finest are used and the calvados helps to preserve the apple.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Apples and pears
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A pear drop and apple flavour, quite dry
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    Excl. VAT: £75.85 Incl. VAT: £91.02

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    An apple in a bottle. Drouin produce some 10,000 of these every year and the orchards are rather interesting to see as they are all hung with apples growing in bottles. Only the finest are used and the calvados helps to preserve the apple.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Apples and pears
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A pear drop and apple flavour, quite dry
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  4. Dupont Pomme Captive Pays d'Auge Calvados

    This highly specialised product contains an attractive apple macerating in calvados. It is created in the spring when a carafe is suspended from the branch of the apple tree as soon as the first little apple appears; it then continues to grow inside. When the fruit has ripened the carafe is removed from the tree with its apple held captive inside.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Gentle attack, great aromatic intensity. Green Apple, geranium, minty.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The first taste is all green apples, there is also some pear and the finish has a lot of breadth.
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    Excl. VAT: £83.45 Incl. VAT: £100.14

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    This highly specialised product contains an attractive apple macerating in calvados. It is created in the spring when a carafe is suspended from the branch of the apple tree as soon as the first little apple appears; it then continues to grow inside. When the fruit has ripened the carafe is removed from the tree with its apple held captive inside.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Gentle attack, great aromatic intensity. Green Apple, geranium, minty.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The first taste is all green apples, there is also some pear and the finish has a lot of breadth.
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  5. Dupont 1989 Pays d'Auge Calvados
    A clean fresh tasting calvados with distinctive pear tones. Pears are used in distillation to improve acidity. Apples alone do not provide sufficient acid levels , essential for distillation.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh aroma. Currants and pears with drier walnut tones, with a sweet apple background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Apples and pears with a hint of citrus, a dry finish lingers in the mouth for some time. This balance is developed from good distilling and the natural ageing process
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    Excl. VAT: £87.42 Incl. VAT: £104.90

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    A clean fresh tasting calvados with distinctive pear tones. Pears are used in distillation to improve acidity. Apples alone do not provide sufficient acid levels , essential for distillation.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Fresh aroma. Currants and pears with drier walnut tones, with a sweet apple background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Apples and pears with a hint of citrus, a dry finish lingers in the mouth for some time. This balance is developed from good distilling and the natural ageing process
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  6. Château du Breuil 20 Year Old Pays d'Auge Calvados
    A taste of sweet baked apples with an over indulgent richness. There are 5 apple varieties with only 20% being picked from the tree the remainder are fallen apples with higher sugar content.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Wonderful aroma of Granny’s Fruit cake and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The flavour is of richly baked apples and sultanas
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    Excl. VAT: £90.56 Incl. VAT: £108.67

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    A taste of sweet baked apples with an over indulgent richness. There are 5 apple varieties with only 20% being picked from the tree the remainder are fallen apples with higher sugar content.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Wonderful aroma of Granny’s Fruit cake and sultanas.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: The flavour is of richly baked apples and sultanas
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  7. Dupont 1988 Pays d'Auge Calvados

    A silky smooth eau-de-vie made from 80% bittersweet apples and 20% acidic ones producing well integrated flavours of apple, vanilla and orange.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense and well balanced; the aromas of the calvados left on the sides of the emptied glass reveal a great deal .
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A silky smooth eau-de-vie with well integrated flavours of apple, vanilla and orange.
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    Excl. VAT: £126.00 Incl. VAT: £151.20

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    A silky smooth eau-de-vie made from 80% bittersweet apples and 20% acidic ones producing well integrated flavours of apple, vanilla and orange.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Intense and well balanced; the aromas of the calvados left on the sides of the emptied glass reveal a great deal .
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A silky smooth eau-de-vie with well integrated flavours of apple, vanilla and orange.
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  8. Dupont more than 30 Year Old Pays d'Auge Calvados
    The 30 year old Dupont calvados is quite special as it has many fine qualities only associated with much older calvados. Dupont hs always made superb calvados and this is no exception. A very large difficulty with making calvados is the need to use pears for acidity which leave a pear drop flavour. In the 30 y.o. the pear drop aroma and flavour is not very noticeable and it is well balanced and smooth.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is quite rich and fruity but not losing the apple aroma, combined with rose hip jelly and burnt raw tobacco
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a smooth taste but there is a richness and style that is far superior to many other calvados products. Starts with a yeast dough flavour and develops into dried apple, finishing with mace. Good balance
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    Excl. VAT: £145.07 Incl. VAT: £174.08

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    The 30 year old Dupont calvados is quite special as it has many fine qualities only associated with much older calvados. Dupont hs always made superb calvados and this is no exception. A very large difficulty with making calvados is the need to use pears for acidity which leave a pear drop flavour. In the 30 y.o. the pear drop aroma and flavour is not very noticeable and it is well balanced and smooth.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This is quite rich and fruity but not losing the apple aroma, combined with rose hip jelly and burnt raw tobacco
    Flavour:
    Flavour: There is a smooth taste but there is a richness and style that is far superior to many other calvados products. Starts with a yeast dough flavour and develops into dried apple, finishing with mace. Good balance
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  9. Dupont 1980 Pays d'Auge Calvados
    Starting to develop a rancio richness, this is a drier calvados but full of apple flavours. It still has a cleanness but has lost some of the pear drop qualities that most calvados has in their first years.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Slightly musty apple with pear drop in the background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Starts with flavours of mature pear, young apple and ugli fruit and ends with burnt sugar and mace
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    Excl. VAT: £177.90 Incl. VAT: £213.48

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    Starting to develop a rancio richness, this is a drier calvados but full of apple flavours. It still has a cleanness but has lost some of the pear drop qualities that most calvados has in their first years.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Slightly musty apple with pear drop in the background
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Starts with flavours of mature pear, young apple and ugli fruit and ends with burnt sugar and mace
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  10. Dupont 1977 Pays d'Auge Calvados

    Bottled at cask strength to maximise its complexity and flavour, this calvados is distilled from bittersweet and tart apples before being aged in oak barrels. The result is a spicy, citrus flavoured calvados with nutmeg and vanilla tones.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Spicy and citrus flavours with nutmeg and vanilla tones.
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    Excl. VAT: £201.99 Incl. VAT: £242.39

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    Bottled at cask strength to maximise its complexity and flavour, this calvados is distilled from bittersweet and tart apples before being aged in oak barrels. The result is a spicy, citrus flavoured calvados with nutmeg and vanilla tones.

    Flavour:
    Flavour: Spicy and citrus flavours with nutmeg and vanilla tones.
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  11. Dupont 1975 Pays d'Auge Calvados
    One of Dupont's very finest, this wonderful calva has deep richness and cooked apple flavours. Aged for almost 40 years, this carafe is one of a run of 290 bottled in 2016.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sultanas and pears, vanilla and ripe apple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very rich with some fruit cake and sweet apple flavours. The pear is apparent but not overbearing and does not hide a wonderful rancio developed from the natural ageing
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    Excl. VAT: £239.96 Incl. VAT: £287.95

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    One of Dupont's very finest, this wonderful calva has deep richness and cooked apple flavours. Aged for almost 40 years, this carafe is one of a run of 290 bottled in 2016.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Sultanas and pears, vanilla and ripe apple
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Very rich with some fruit cake and sweet apple flavours. The pear is apparent but not overbearing and does not hide a wonderful rancio developed from the natural ageing
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  12. Dupont 1969 Pays d'Auge Calvados

    Intense and rich baked apple flavours that hide much of the pear tastes found in younger calvas. This is due mainly to the development of the congenors from the tannins which create greater richness.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Currants and pears, vanilla and apple, sweet toffee but also drier walnut tones
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some fruit cake and sweet apple flavours. The pear is apparent but not overbearing and does not hide a wonderful balance developed from good distilling and the natural ageing process. This is intensely rich, a treasure!
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    Excl. VAT: £266.00 Incl. VAT: £319.20

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    Intense and rich baked apple flavours that hide much of the pear tastes found in younger calvas. This is due mainly to the development of the congenors from the tannins which create greater richness.

    Aroma:
    Aroma: Currants and pears, vanilla and apple, sweet toffee but also drier walnut tones
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Some fruit cake and sweet apple flavours. The pear is apparent but not overbearing and does not hide a wonderful balance developed from good distilling and the natural ageing process. This is intensely rich, a treasure!
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