An exceptional Calvados bottling from the prestigious, historic Château du Breuil distillery.
The château was built in the early 16th century by the Bouquetot family, who were lords of Breuil, Normandy. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the site was used for a linen mill, later followed by a cheese factory and then a chocolate factory was established 1946. A little later, a cider house was founded on the grounds. Finally, in 1954, Calvados production began. The distillery is one of few truly global Calvados-makers, with 55% of their sales occurring outside of France, in 52 different countries.
This bottling is one of the finest they have ever produced. Produced from Pays d’Auge apples grown at the distillery’s 42 hectare orchard, the Calvados is made in the traditional way, with a long, natural fermentation creating a flavourful cider, which is then double-distilled in copper stills.
The bottling has been aged for 30 years in French oak cask, developing a nearly unparalleled complexity for a Calvados.
Drinkers should expect flavours of soft, baked apples with sultanas, brown sugar and cinnamon, accompanied by a powerful dark oak note, and touches of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, almond, toffee, beeswax, cigar box, orange, caramelized fruits, some green apple and tobacco smoke.
A true delight, and great value for money for a spirit of this age. The Calvados comes with a wooden presentation box, and is bottled in the traditional style with wax, cork and string closure.