Calvados Review: Calvados Marquis de la Pomme Millésime 1971

Category: Calvados

Origin: Domaine du Coquerel

ABV: 42%

Cost: €160 from Domaine du Coquerel

Calvados Coquerel Marquis de la pomme 1971

What they say:

Calvados Marquis de la Pomme Millésime 1971

Distilled in 1971 at Domaine du Coquerel, this expression has been oak aged for ~ 36 years before it was bottled on the 24th April 2007 at 42% ABV.

Tasting notes: Dried fruits, spices and apricots

What I say:

A 1971 vintage (Millésime) Calvados from Domaine du Coquerel, aged for around 36 years this barrel was hand-selected by the cellar master for being of exceptional quality for bottling in 2007.

Appearance:

Dark ruby/bronze (15/20), medium rounded droplet tears leave well-defined medium legs

Nose:

Fruity, apple, peach, apricot, blackcurrant, golden raisins, rich caramel, toffee apples, sweet ripe banana’s smothered in golden syrup, banana split dessert including a hint of vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, estery with hints of solvent/marker pen

Taste:

Medium-full bodied, fruit and tannic spice present on the palate, apple, blackcurrant, golden raisins, plum, some finely milled spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, ground ginger and a touch of black pepper, caramel – werthers original sweeties, toffee apples and caramel apple granny dessert, softens to reveal peach, apricot and ripe banana some fresher oak wood like pencil shavings too.

Finish:

Long, treacle toffee, ripe banana, caramel, drying and tannic oak with a touch of ginger spice

Overall:

A delicious expression that ranges from the cloying sweetness of mashed ripe banana in golden syrup to powdered woody spices and tannins, with the balance perhaps just on the darker woody side compared to the brighter fruits.

Score: 92/100

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