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Calvados

Calvados is an apple brandy produced in Normandy, France.

Specific apple and pear varietals are naturally fermented to make a cider that then distilled into a (maximum 72% ABV) alcohol spirit which is matured in typically French oak barrels. Three distinct Calvados appellations exist

The AOC Calvados area includes all of the Calvados, Manche, and Orne départements and parts of Eure, Mayenne, Sarthe, and Eure-et-Loir. Apple orchards and pear trees can be grown in high stem (maximum density of 280 trees per hectare with a minimum distance of 5 meters between trees) or low stem (maximum density of 1000 trees per hectare). 2 years minimum aging in oak.

AOC Calvados Pays d’Auge (the controlled origin Calvados variety for the Pays d’Auge) is now unanimously the place which makes the “king” of Calvados.2 years minimum aging in oak.

AOC Calvados Domfrontais is a  special Calvados, produced in the Canton of Domfront in the Bocage Ornais . It is unique in that it comprises at least 30% pears. High stem orchards in the Domfrontais region have a maximum density of 250 trees per hectare with a minimum distance of 6 meters between trees. A three-year minimum of aging in oak barrels is required.

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