Christian Drouin Sélection Calvados
Christian Drouin // Calvados Domfrontais, France
For his entry-level calvados, Drouin chooses apples and pears from the Domfront region, and single-column distillation (as opposed to the double-distillation in a pot still used for his other spirits) to create a lighter, earlier-maturing spirit. This young calvados is intended as an aperitif or to be used in cocktails.
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
"Crisp, fruity, and dangerously easy to drink, this obviously youthful calvados deviating a little from the classic flavor profile, towards something resembling a German-style Obstler, with fresh, vibrant, almost gossamer apple and pear flavors, a little iris, white pepper, and cider vinegar on the nose. It has the barest hint of movie-theater "popcorn butter" on the mid-palate, and some aloe and demerara sugar on the back end. Straightforward but satisfying. "