Christian Drouin 1997 Calvados, Pays d’Auge

The Data

Category   Brandy

Sub-Category   Calvados, Pays d’Auge

Origin   Normandy

Retail Price   $163.99

ABV   42%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, deep amber color.

Aromatics

The aromatics are quite fresh and youthful with ripe, whole apples in the lead supported by scents of bright citrus, spring flowers, and blanched nuts with hints of oak and allspice.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering a bright and ripe fruit-driven core with the Pommeau influence being quite evident. The flavors linger on with spice notes of allspice and cinnamon rising with a dose of rancio on the finish.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied displaying perfect balance as the rich fruit and spice are equaled by bright acidity and oak.

Cool Factor

A

It's impossible for me to give any Christian Drouin product anything less that an "A" for cool as these represent some of the finest spirits the world has to offer.

Value Grade

B

It's hard to assess value when purchasing a special wine or spirit for a special occasion. These vintage Calvados from Christian Drouin represent the top of the class so when only the best will do... All things considered this is a very approachable price.

Analysis

The Christian Drouin 1987 vintage has been double distilled and aged in mature Calvados and former Pommeau de Normandie casks. Pommeau de Normandie is made by blending a the fresh apple juice of the season, before it ferments and becomes cider, at a portion of two-thirds with a one-third portion of traditional double distilled Calvados aged 3 to 10 years. It is wonderfully fruity and its influence can be clearly found in this vintage Calvados.

How to Enjoy

Sip neat in a Brandy glass after dinner or even before dinner as an aperitif as the fresh acidity whets the appetite.

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