Roger Groult Calvados 12 Year
Roger Groult // Calvados Pays d'Auge, France
In 1860, Pierre Groult first distilled his cider and aged the eau de vie in oak barrels, starting a five generation tradition of producing in the village of Saint-Cyr du Ronceray in Normandy. Now overseen by Jean-Roger Groult, their Calvados is still double-distilled in pots over wood fires. Their cider, using 30 apple varieties, ferments and rests on the lees for a full year before the first distillation. After the final distillation, the eau de vie ages in large barrels most of which are more than 100 years old which are never fully emptied. Bottling is done on the estate without chill filtration.
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 TypeLarge, approximately 100 year old French oak barrels
"A bright copper-orange hue, this Roger Groult Calvados 12 Year combines freshness and maturity, with aromas of baked apple, of course, but also pears, white flowers and baking spices including nutmeg and allspice. There’s a brisk, spicy opening that becomes honeyed, rich and citrusy as it fills the mouth. At the finish there’s a mouth-watering tang with subtle sweetness and richness and a sophistication worthy of an older marque."