A rather extraordinary Calvados from family owned Lemorton distillery. Lemorton is now in its 6th generation of family ownership, with Didier Lemorton and his son running the business.
Most Calvados you encounter will be made with a mixture of apples, the majority grown in Normandy, France.
At Lemorton, though, they do things a little differently. Pears make up the majority of the spirit’s base, providing 70%, whilst apples give just 30%. The Domfrontais appellation, where Lemorton is based, has a soil rich in clay and limestone, well suited to the deep roots of pear trees. Indeed, the Domfrontais appellation rules insist that all Calvados and cider made here contains at least 30% pears.
The fruit for this Calvados is grown in Lemorton’s tiny, 9-acre orchard. It is fermented in oak barrels for eleven months, before distillation occurs in a single alembic still.
10 years of maturation in French oak casks have produced a complex and deep Calvados, rounding off the acidic character of the orchard fruits nicely.
This bottling offers flavours of pear jam with cloves and cinnamon, thick vanilla, subtle spice, oak, acidic green apples, caramelized apple and raisins, and a touch of floral honey.
An elegant Calvados with a delicate profile.