Over 800 varieties of apple are grown in Normandy. The choice of apple variety, the production method and finally the ageing process will determine the quality of a Calvados apple brandy.
Our AOC Calvados VS from the "Pays d'Auge" is the result of a shrewd blend of bitter apple varieties such as the "Frequin Rouge", of sweet ones such as the "Douce Coëtligné", of acidulous ones such as "La Petite Jaune", of sharp-tasting ones like "La Pigeonnet", and of bittersweet ones such as the "Kermerrien".
The specificity of our "Pays d'Auge" AOC -- apart from the specific geographical area in terms of the provenance of the apples -- is that the cider is distilled twice in stills called à repasse stills in French (repasser means to go through again).
Our Calvados VS (for "Very Special") will spend two years in oak barrels made from oak from forests in the Limousin department.
Our Calvados VS can be drunk as an after-dinner drink, straight, or as part of a trou normand (which is apple sorbet with Calvados poured over it, used to refresh the appetite during the course of a long meal featuring many courses). It would also be perfect for use in the kitchen, to make chicken flambé, for example.