Calvados in the barrel at 20 to 25 years old is in a tricky, middle age – often not yet having developed the elegant older notes of 30 or 40 years but having lost some of its youthful verve. So, this amber-colored 25-year-old bottling walks a fine line. The nose is shy at first, enveloped in oak, but eventually it opens up to fresh and leafy notes, followed by warm apple pie. In the mouth, it’s a bit flabby and there’s a little too much wood throughout. Pleasant, but for the price, steer toward other Camut bottlings. (AOC Pays d’Auge 41% abv.)

90 Points Jason Wilson, November 2018


 25 - 30 Year Old, Pays d'Auge, Calvados.

The Reserve de Semainville is a very special calvados whose age is between 25 and 30-years old. The color is beautiful deep amber with gold highlights. Sniffing the aroma is akin to smelling a baked apple tart that has recently come out of a wood-fired oven, where notes of buttered toffee, almonds, honey converge to the point of overloading the senses.  The palate shows plenty of complexity, with a soft, round texture that defies its age. The finish goes on and on, with waves of complex baked apple flavor caressing the palate and inviting another sip.

 25 - 30 Year Old, Pays d'Auge, Calvados.

The Reserve de Semainville is a very special calvados whose age is between 25 and 30-years old. The color is beautiful deep amber with gold highlights. Sniffing the aroma is akin to smelling a baked apple tart that has recently come out of a wood-fired oven, where notes of buttered toffee, almonds, honey converge to the point of overloading the senses. The palate shows plenty of complexity, with a soft, round texture that defies its age. The finish goes on and on, with waves of complex baked apple flavor caressing the palate and inviting another sip.

Adrien Camut is widely regarded as the top calvados producer in Normandy.  For seven generations, the Camut family has grown 25 varieties of apples at the Domaine de Semainville, located in the northeastern corner of the Pays d’Auge.  Soils in this part of the appellation are very rich silt and clay, the type of soil that permits the trees plenty of nourishment. The trees here are slightly larger than other areas of the Pays d’Auge and because much of the nutrients go into making the wood of the trees larger, the sugar that goes to the apples is slightly lower, providing a bit more acidity to the fruit.  The Camuts are firm believers that this higher acid level within their ripe apples leads to a spirit with more finesse and elegance.

               

Adrien Camut, Reserve de Semainvelle Pays d'Auge, Calvados

  • Brand: Adrien Camut
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 1
  • SKU #: 160055
  • $249.99