Calvados Review: Calvados Marquis de la Pomme Millésime 1972

Category: Calvados

Origin: Domaine du Coquerel

ABV: 42%

Cost: €150 from Domaine du Coquerel

Calvados Coquerel Marquis de la pomme 1972

What they say:

Calvados Marquis de la Pomme Millésime 1972

Distilled in 1972 at Domaine du Coquerel, this expression has been oak aged for ~ 39 years before it was bottled on the 14th March 2011 at 42% ABV.

Tasting notes: Honey, fruits, wooded

What I say:

A 1972 vintage (Millésime) Calvados from Domaine du Coquerel, aged for around 39 years this barrel was hand-selected by the cellar master for being of exceptional quality for bottling in 2011.

Appearance:

Dark ruby/bronze (15/20), medium tears leave tapered finer legs

Nose:

Spiced and sweet, cinnamon donuts or cinnamon & apple donuts perhaps, pure runny honey, apple and pears, estery/ketones, spun sugar, candyfloss, some solventy/spirit aromas like marker pen or paint-thinner.

Taste:

Full bodied, fruity with ripe apple, blackcurrant, golden raisin, strong spun sugar and clear honey sweetness, a little hint of tannic leather, dried tobacco leaf & cigar boxes, woody sugars, caramel, toffee, toffee apple, maple syrup, candied chestnuts and sugared almonds.

Finish:

Long, sweet fruits like apples and pears poached in Sauternes wine and honey, apple donuts or pastries with a liberal sprinkling of cinnamon dust and icing sugar, eventually dries with woody tannins.

Overall:

Compared to the 1971 vintage, the extra few years of maturation and wood maturation differences have produced a much sweeter vintage, a little more estery and ripe fruit and a little less wood elements produce for me a Calvados that had beautiful balance

Score: 94/100

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