Drouin, Calvados

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.
Christian Drouin

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.
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A blend of different distilled ciders, all at least aged for 4 years.

Christian Drouin's Réserve de Fiefs is a blended Calvados of different distilled ciders, all at least 4 years old. During this aging process a nuance of wood shows its presence, but the fruit still dominates the taste on the palate, with honey and blooming flowers ...

 $63/Liter  $44
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A blend of various cider brandies, all aged at least 6 years. Aromas of apple pi...

This V.S.O.P. (Very Special Old Pale) is a blend of different cider brandies aged at least 6 years or longer in small, old wine casks. The bouquet begins by showing hints of sweet cider, grilled apple and baked goods with ginger, vanilla and cinnamon; then emerge traces o ...

 $73.50/Liter  $51.50
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Fresh apple aromas are kept by a relatively rapid aging in large casks.

Très Pomme tastes, like the name suggests, very strongly of apples. This young Calvados Pays d'Âuge ages barely longer than 2 years in large oak casks, where the elixir has less contact to wood than in small casks. That's how the aromas of fresh apple ...

 $68.50/Liter  $48
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A barrel aged gin from Normandy, distilled from 30 different cider apple varieti...

Le Gin Calvados Cask Finish is based on the famous Le Gin from Christian Drouin that came onto the market in 2015.30 varieties of cider apples from Normandy, as well as 8 ...

 $66.50/Liter  $46.50
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A fruity Calvados, aged in Port wine casks.

Calvados Fût de Porto 5 ans is a 5 year old Calvados produced by Christian Drouin in Normandy.Each year, the Drouin family releases a series of special Calvados creations, which are called Calvados Expressions. This 5 year old Calvados is o ...

 $83.50/Liter  $58.50
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A relatively young Calvados at 3 years old. Strong apple notes.

With their 3 years of age in oak casks in the Drouin cellars, this Fine Calvados is relatively young. It is pale golden and dominates strongly of apples both in the bouquet and on the palate. The 35 cl bottle at 40% ABV will be shipped in a corresponding b ...

 $153/Liter  $53.50
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