Drouin Calvados Coeur de Lion Hors d'Age 40% - 1.5L
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After about 15 years of aging in small, old wine casks made of oak, the Calvados Pays d'Âuge develops its unique potency and takes on its glistening amber color. After you serve it in a snifter glass, it's worthwhile to let it breathe for a while and enjoy the shift and development in its bouquet - light with aromas of butter, Cognac and raspberry juice.
In the mouth it develops slowly into an enormous mass of flavor, where notes of herbs and wood dominate. We find hints of apple flesh in the impressively lingering aftertaste, with berry and rosewater overtones following suit. The Coeur de Lion Hors d'Age is bottled at 42% ABV. You can buy 70 cl bottles of this Calvados, packed in their own stylish boxes, or alternatively a Magnum bottle of 1 ½ liters.
Did you know?
Exclusively produced on the Camut estate are high-stemmed trees as well as 25 purely organic and mainly bittersweet types of apples, and without insecticide or pesticide. The yearly harvest on the Camut estate includes 100 and 300 tons of fruit, all picked and mashed by hand. The mash is juiced in a pneumatic press to about 65% concentration and the juice is then left to ferment into cider. This is aged for 10 to 11 months, before mash of the September harvest of the following year are distilled in two alembics to 63% concentration. One of these two alembic mils was built by Adrien Camut himself. Adrien Camut's Calvados is consistently considered as the best of the best.
This Calvados is best enjoyed at room temperature from a snifter glass.
- Product Type:WM: Calvados
- Description:WM: Calvados
- Net Quantity:WM: 1.5l
- Alcohol Content:WM: 40% vol
- Distillery or Brand : Christian Drouin
- Product Type: Calvados
- Description: Calvados
- Country of Origin: France
- Responsible Food Company: Christian Drouin,1895 route de Trouville, 14130 Coudray-Rabut, FR
- Net Quantity: 1.5l
- Alcohol Content: 40% vol
Weight: 3.10 kg
Dimensional Weight: 3.87 kg
Calvados Christien Drouin
The history of Christian Drouin's Calvados
The history of Christian Drouin's Calvados began in 1960, when Christian Drouin Senior from Rouen bought the farm of Sainte-Anne in the Pays d'Âuge, in order to produce Calvados of the highest quality. This ambitious enterprise worked well, partly because he employed Pierre Pivet, at that time probably the most famous distiller of eau-de-vie de cidre, cider brandy. Since 1969, Christian Drouin Junior also works in the family business - and although part of the company was auctioned off to shareholders in 1989, it remains a family company since the majority is still owned by family members.
Since 2004, the agrarian engineer and enologist Guillaume Drouin leads the company in its third generation as a family business.
Inspired by his success, Christian Junior bought an old horse stable in 1990, a cute hand-crafted structure from the 17th century, in order to establish a distillery there. The location now carries the prestige-inducing name "Coeur de Lion", the lion's heart. Otherwise, he's planted a fruit plantation, in order to eventually become independent of other fruit farmers. Notwithstanding these developments within his own company, the family is actively engaged with the cellar-collective Le Verger Normand (see the history of Calvados). Under Guillaum's direction, products with the label Comte Louis de Lauriston are produced, to which CHRISTIAN DROUIN S.A. holds the rights.
The Drouin Distillery today
The Drouins are interested in quality, not quantity: for this reason, the new plantation has been organized in the traditional manner, with only traditional plant sorts planted, which develop high-stemmed trees. They produce relatively little crop, but of a very special quality. The fruit mash is only pressed once, in order to only extract the best. After distillation, the distillate is aged in different sized casks of various ages, even including a few sherry and port wine casks - the distillate is filled on average once per year. That means, the casks are chosen with the goal of letting the Calvados develop under optimal conditions. That's how the Haus Drouin managed to receive countless medals and honorable prizes, including amongst them the award of best Calvados cellarer.
In Christian Drouin's wide assortment of Calvados you'll find a whole palate of unparalleled Millésimes, or pure-vintage Calvados, that maintain their own individual characters. But don't ignore the Assemblages of the house, which have been mixed from up to 20 different years of distilled cider, which also belong to the best of what Calvados has to offer.