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Marquis de Saint Loup 1997 Pays d'Auge Calvados

  • Marquis de Saint Loup 1997 Pays d'Auge Calvados

Marquis de Saint Loup 1997 Pays d'Auge Calvados

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 5
  • SKU #: 11000
  • $209.99


Marquis de Saint Loup 1997 Pays d'Auge Calvados

  • Availability: In Stock
  • Quantity Available: 5
  • SKU #: 11000
  • $209.99


Marquis de Saint Loup 1997 Pays d'Auge Calvados

 The nose is rich and redolent with aromas of warm apples, baking spices, oak, and caramel. This is both bright yet has a lovely Pommeau like personality as well. The palate is very well balanced for a spirit just shy of twenty five years in barrel with the elements of the nose and distinct notes of caramel, spice and vanilla on the finish. D&M Tasting Notes

The German press and retailers specifically called the Marquis bottling ‘by Christan Drouhin.’ Why this playing coy in the US we cannot say, but are happy to have a wonderful bottle for you from Christian Drouin. The origin of the Drouin house began in 1960 with the eponymous industrialist looking for a respite deeper into the Normandy countryside. This purchase of the Fiefs Sainte Anne property and its orchards was mostly for peace and relaxation, but he also wanted a degree of return on his investment. Soon after the first harvest he ran the numbers and saw that the price of apples was so low that he paid more to harvest the fruit than he got back from the open market. Christian turned to his local friend Pierre Pivet, who happened to be a well known distiller in the Northern Pays d’Auge region. What started as a business move became a bit of a collector’s obsession. As Jason Wilson wrote in the New York Times, at the time of Christian Drouin’s start, there were about 15,000 producers in Calvados, most of them very small scale farmers. In addition to making his own Calvados, Drouin the elder bought up the remaining stocks of his neighbors, some stretching back to before World War II.

What the first generation began as an obsession the second generation turned into a business. Christian Drouin Jr. joined his father in the Calvados business and in 1979 decided to aim the direction of their house and business to the export market. In France in the 1970s Calvados was still considered distinctly low-brow, something that old men drank with their coffee in the morning (coffee and calva). With the stocks that his father had built over decades bolstered by the purchased liquids of long gone estates, this represented the coming out of Calvados as something more than a regional drink, and one fit for the finest restaurants and bars worldwide. Success came to the house of Drouhin and in 1991 the ‘house’ was transferred to another 17th century estate in Coudray Rabut. In 2013 the then 25 year old Guillaume Drouhin took over the management of the estate and production. With degrees in agriculture and winemaking, the future looks bright for the next generation to come.

Across the orchards that the Drouin family works with there are a total of thirty different varieties of apple trees. Different varieties ripen at different times between late summer and early winter, so the apples are stored until the proper mix of sweet, bittersweet, bitter and acidic has been achieved. The various varieties from each of the categories are blended together and pressed into cider simultaneously. All the cider is pressed at the original farm, with wild yeast fermentation taking place at both properties in a combination of 100+ year-old wooden vats, stainless steel tanks and concrete tanks. All distillation takes place at the new estate using a total of three stills. Pierre Pivet’s original mobile pot still from 1946 is still in use today. There are two stills on the mobile platform, heated by direct fire, and a third, charentes-style still has also been added to expand production. As stated at the outset, specific details on your bottle were a bit scant. It was distilled twice in 1997 under Christian II’s supervision and aged in oak barrels until 2022. As it would have been approved and bottled by Christian’s son Guillaume this is a wonderful handshake between father and son. Michael Kennel, D&M 

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