Calvados Lemorton Reserve
Lemorton // Calvados Domfrontais, France
The Lemorton estate is located in Calvados' Domfrontais in the southern part of the region. As opposed to the neighboring orchards to the north, the pear tree plays a significant role here in the brandies and ciders. In particular, the Lemortons tend trees that are 70-80% pear creating a spirit with a distinctive white flower character and tons of juicy orchard fruit. Like most farmer estates in Normandy, the focus is actually cattle and providing milk for the area's legendary cheeses. This is their "entry-level" bottling, but don't let that fool you -- Lemorton's Reserve is a great representation of the Domfrontais and a fascinating contrast to Calvados made only of apples.
CalvadosBrandy distilled from apples (pear is allowed and in some sub-regions, required) from a delimited region in northwest France. Must be aged a minimum of 2 years in oak. Minimum aging if labeled: Fine-2 years, Réserve-3 years, VSOP-4 years, Hors d’Age-6 years
Cask TypeFrench oak
"At first whiff, this Calvados resonates deeply of pear and less-so of apple. Just because it's reminiscent of fruit doesn't mean that that's all that is there -- the orchard flavors are joined by a delicious medley of caramel and white pepper spice. This is not a young spirit, and some of its charm comes from the spicy alcohol kick that lingers with grip-y, dry tannin. The perfect digestif after a meal -- don't forget the Camembert!"