Calvados Review: Roger Groult 9 Years Old Calvados Pays d’Auge Jurançon Cask Finish
- Category: Calvados Pays d’Auge
- Origin: Roger Groult – Clos de la Hurvanière
- Bottling: Official
- ABV: 46%
- Cost: ~£80
What they say
This cuvee is a 9 year old Calvados Pays d’Auge, 46% vol., with more than one year of Jurançon (sweet white wine) cask finish.
AOC : Calvados Pays d’Auge
Aged : 9 years
Cider apples from Pays d’Auge area. Double distillation over wood fire. Aged and blended in old french oak casks. Finished for 1 year minimum in JURANÇON (Domaine Cauhapé) cask. Bottled at the domain. Limited release, numbered botttles
- “Blind tasting, I did not felt the acidity of Mansengs but a few notes of pineapple and green banana. The mouth is well melted, smooth, aerial and subtle at the same time.” M. Hervé Lalau (Wine & spirits journalist)
What I say
Part of a trio of cask-finished Calvados Pays d’Auge produced by Roger Groult. The first has been aged for 9 years with a traditional Calvados maturation followed by a minimum 1 year finish in ex-Jurançon wine barriques sourced from Domaine Cauhapé.
Jurançon is considered one of the oldest specified wine regions, located in the south west of France in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It produces both dry and sweet white wines using the grape varieties Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Courbu. Jurançon sweet wines are highly sought after and prized.
Thanks to Calvados Roger Groult for providing samples.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark gold, green (11/20). Numerous medium-sized droplet tears leave long legs tapering to fine.
- Nose: Fresh red apples and apple juice, very aromatic with wafts of ketones and esters, hints of peach, floral and sweet, vanilla flowers, honeysuckle and daffodil, slightly musty and cloying at the same time, pineapples in syrup and syrupy dessert wine (sweet Jurancon), pear drop sweeties.
- Taste: Fresh and sweet, red apple juice, a little ascerbic or fruity acidity, sherbet, woody tannins, quite dry, peach skin, tropical pineapple and mango fruits seasoned with a hint of spiced white pepper and dry oak wood
- Finish: Medium-long, sweet, juicy, becomes slightly drying and sour.
Full of fresh apples and tropical fruits, floral perfumes balanced against drying oak wood. The Jurançon wine cask finish has been very complimentary to this Calvados, bestowing rich tropical fruit flavours and other orchard fruits, sweet and peachy.
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