Another terrific single vintage Calvados from the Domfrontais appellation based Lemorton distillery.
Lemorton are a family run company, now in their sixth and seventh generation, with Didier Lemorton and his son overseeing distillation.
Most Calvados on the market is produced in the Pays D’Auge region, and contains 100% apples. The Domfrontais appellation is different – its soil, richer in clay and limestone, is perfect for the cultivation of pear trees, which have stronger roots. As such, regulations insist that any cider or Calvados made in this area contains a minimum of 30% pears. Lemorton go further, including roughly 70% pears to just 30% apples. This gives a very different flavour profile to the majority of Calvados bottlings.
The fruits used for this Calvados have been grown on Lemorton’s miniscule 9 acre orchard, fermented for eleven months in oak casks and distilled in their single alembic.
This single vintage Calvados is the product of one distilling season and harvest. Having been distilled in 1972, it has been aged for an incredibly long time in French oak casks.
The final result is a dense and luxurious spirit, with flavours of stewed apples and pears, dark fudge, oak, bittersweet chocolate and coffee, leather, liqourice, slight herb, tropical fruit, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and dried fruit with a touch of sweet wine.
Presented with a charming traditional scene on the label, this is a high quality, old-fashioned Calvados.