Calvados

Christian Drouin VSOP Calvados Pays d’Auge (40%, OB, 2019)

Christian Drouin VSOP Calvados Pays d’Auge

Calvados Review

  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: 4 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Calvados Pays d’Auge
  • Cost: £50.95 available from The Whisky Exchange
  • Origin: Calvados Christian Drouin
  • Vintage: Undeclared

Calvados-Drouin-VSOP

What they say

Double distilled, aged in small 225 litre former wine casks.

Official tasting notes:

  • Colour: Light Amber
  • Nose: The nose offers a subtle blend of sweet cider, baked apples, gingerbread, vanilla and cinnamon hints evolving towards almond and bee wax fragrances
  • Palate: On the palate this calvados is supple and generous with Tarte Tatin flavours and a fruity apple finish.

What I say

From Christian Drouin’s Les Assemblages (Blends) range, this VSOP has been matured for a minimum of 4 years in ex-wine barriques.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: dark gold (9/20), medium-large tears and long, medium legs.
  • Nose: Dark and oaky, fruity apple, white grape, plenty of toffee, floral, balanced between fruit and spice, quite muted.
  • Taste: Fruity apple, marzipan, gingerbread biscuits, plenty of oak wood and tannins, resinous and sappy, even pine-like moving towards herbality
  • Finish: Medium-long, spiced gingerbread, drying, leathery and gentle honeyed fruit persist.

Overall

A much more classical introductory Calvados here with a fine balance between fruity apple spirit and tannic oak cask influences, grows on the palate.

Score 83/100

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