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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. Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1939
    Only one bottle remaining
    The oldest calvados that we know of. It has a dried apple skin aroma and a slightly musty flavour consistent with these old calvas
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light apple aromas with a slightly musty and lingering finish indicating long ageing in oak
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A faint musty hint of dried apple provides a delicate flavour for this AOC calvados.
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    Excl. VAT: £924.79 Incl. VAT: £1,109.75

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    The oldest calvados that we know of. It has a dried apple skin aroma and a slightly musty flavour consistent with these old calvas
    Aroma:
    Aroma: Light apple aromas with a slightly musty and lingering finish indicating long ageing in oak
    Flavour:
    Flavour: A faint musty hint of dried apple provides a delicate flavour for this AOC calvados.
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  2. Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1958
    A very old producer who has made this from just apples. It has a much sharper flavour than the more traditional qualities but a fine example of this firms skills.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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    Excl. VAT: £471.04 Incl. VAT: £565.25

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    A very old producer who has made this from just apples. It has a much sharper flavour than the more traditional qualities but a fine example of this firms skills.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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  3. Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1963
    Produced in a traditional distillery by the family Drouin, the apples are pressed only once to produce cidre of the best quality before aging in oak barrels.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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    Excl. VAT: £314.77 Incl. VAT: £377.72

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    Produced in a traditional distillery by the family Drouin, the apples are pressed only once to produce cidre of the best quality before aging in oak barrels.
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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  4. Calvados Dupont Vintage 1969

    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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  5. Calvados Dupont Vintage 1975
    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: £239.95 Incl. VAT: £287.94

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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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  6. Calvados Drouin Marquis de Saint-Loup Vintage 1979
    The taste of cider apples is prominent in this calvados. It has a drier flavour than other calvados from the Pays d’Auge where pear drop aromas are not so prominent
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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    Excl. VAT: £206.42 Incl. VAT: £247.70

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    The taste of cider apples is prominent in this calvados. It has a drier flavour than other calvados from the Pays d’Auge where pear drop aromas are not so prominent
    Aroma:
    Aroma: This has a dry almost musty apple aroma with no hint of pear as is normal with many calvados.
    Flavour:
    Flavour: Dry apple with a hint of dry sherry, there are some hints of sage and thyme.
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  7. Dupont Vintage 1977 Calvados Cask Strength 42%

    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: £199.99 Incl. VAT: £239.99

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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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  8. Calvados Dupont Vintage 1980
    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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  9. Calvados Dupont Pays d'Auge - More than 30 y.o.
    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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    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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  10. Calvados Dupont Vintage 1988

    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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  11. Calvados Chateau du Breuil 20 y.o. Reserve de Signeurs
    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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  12. Calvados Dupont Vintage 1989
    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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