Calvados du Pays d'Auge
Domaine Familial L. Dupont
Cuvée: Fine Réserve
Producer: Etienne and Jérôme Dupont http://www.calvados-dupont.com/
Variety: 30% Sweet apples, 30% Bitter apples, 40% Acid apples
Located in the very heart of the Pays d’Auge in Normandy, the domaine is run by third generation Etienne Dupont since 1980, when he took over from his father Louis and his grand-father Jules. His son Jérôme joined the domaine in 2002. Over the years, Etienne improved the old orchards and planted a further ten hectares of small standard apple trees. Together there are 27 hectares of typical varieties, that is to say 9000 apple trees.
Following the traditional methods of producing Calvados, the apples are hand-picked and rest in open wooden boxes called pallox to reach their highest aromatic peak. The juice is slowly extracted under low pressure and kept on its lees for 2 months to prevent any alteration of the cider’s flavor. The apple cider then undergoes a double distillation through a sophisticated Chalvignac copper still. The spirit is aged in 400 liter casks, made from Loire Valley oak, slightly toasted to provide vanilla aromas to the finished product.
The apples are mixed, crushed and pressed. The apple juice is fermented right out to give cider to be distilled. Double distillation is carried out 6 months after the fermentation has taken place. The first distillation gives the "petite eau" at 30% by volume and it is the second distillation, that of the "petite eau" which gives the Calvados.
Aging: Three years minimum. In toasted 400 l (88 imperial gallon) oak barrels, 50% of which are new. Bottled when ordered.
Eyes: Golden yellow. Clear and brilliant .
Nose: fine, complex, very intense. Aromas of apple, pear, vanilla and citrus with earthy hints .
Mouth: Round and fresh. Shows fruity aromas, of vanilla and dried fruits. A well integrated whole with good intensity.
Our Fine Reserve is a blend of 30% sweet apples (Rouge Duret), 30% bitter apples (Mettais, Saint Martin, Frequin and Binet Rouge) and 40% acid apples (Rambault and PetitJaune). Limpid, bright and golden in color, our Calvados is fine and complex with great intensity. It exudes apples, pears, vanilla and citrus aromas. Round and fresh in the mouth, it is best served plain or on ice, and Etienne suggests a drop of water to enhance aromas, which continue even after the glass is empty. This will be greatly appreciated by dark chocolate amateurs and cigar smokers. Enjoy!