Domaine de Semanville. This is a collector’s Calvados, a blend of brandies at least 70 years old, that’s noteworthy for its age as much as for drinkability. Brilliant deep bronze, but the operative word is dark: dark forest; dark, old library; dark, dried fruit. There’s plenty of rancio, and a smoky, campfire, grilled-apple element. It’s definitely a time-machine and coveted. But for sheer drinkability, look to Camut’s Privilege or Réserve d’Adrien. (AOC Pays d’Auge 40% abv.) 96 Points Jason Wilson,Vinous Media November 2018
This is a calvados made with the lot ends of the domaine's oldest spirits, some of which date back to the beginning of the 1900s. For a spirit of such an age, it still retains its fruit: deep baked apple, walnuts, smoke, full body, extraordinary length. Amazing spirit! Only six bottles imported to US per year.Charles Neal, Importer
Since the 1800s, the Camut family has grown 115 acres of apple trees in the Pays d'Auge, the finest growing region for Calvados. In Normandy, 800 types of apples are grown; the Camut family grow about 25 of these, all of which are hand-harvested at optimum maturity between October and mid-December. While pears are allowed in Calvados (actually mandatory in the Domfrontais region with a minimum of 30%), only apples grown on the Camut property are used in Camut Calvados.
Cider is made from these apples and rests in oak barrels for ten or eleven months. In September, the cider is double-distilled with two of the property's wood-fueled stills, one of which is 75 years old. It enters the barrels at 126 proof, then is reduced by about 20 proof. During the first two years, the Calvados is frequently transferred between barrels in an effort to promote oxidation. No new barrels are used; most have their origin in Limousin and average 50 years of age.
For its third birthday, the Calvados is placed in large wooden vats or foudre. These are always kept between 2/3 and 3/4 full which allows for a constant exchange of oxygen and gradual reduction and concentration of the apple brandy. The blends are as natural as possible: Time alone has mellowed these rich, lush spirits.
Adrien Camut Rarete Pays d' Auge Calvados
- Brand: Adrien Camut
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- SKU #: 160065