A stunning 20 year old Calvados from the prestigious Château du Breuil distillery.
The bottling is named ‘Réserve des Seigneurs’, which roughly translates to “the Lords’ Reserve” – possibly a reference to the Bouquetot family, who were masters of the Château after it was built in the 16th century. Since then, the castle has had many uses, including serving as a cheese and chocolate factory for a time, before Calvados distillation began in 1954.
Calvados begins with apples, and Breuil maintain 22,000 apple trees on a 42 hectare hillside estate. The distillery continues to use natural fermentation, with the apples left to ferment without additional ingredients. The resulting cider is double distilled in copper stills, with only the heart of the spirit taken as the cut.
This is one of the shining lights of the Breuil range. An XO bottling that has been aged for a minimum of 20 years in Limousin or Troncais French oak casks. The final result is a sumptuous and complex spirit, packed with notes of toasted nuts, dark chocolate, apple pie, rosy apples, boiled sweets, flowers, cinnamon, orange rind, toffee, vanilla, dark oak, cigar smoke, coffee and slight dried fruits.
Truly one of the best Calvados bottlings you are likely to encounter, and great value for money too.