Updated: Jan 21
Château du Breuil Calvados 13 yr. - 52.2%
Context: Chateau du Breuil carries the AOC, Pays d'Auge, requiring a more narrow geographical region (east end) and more strict production standards:
Aging for a minimum of two years in oak barrels is required.
Double distillation in an alembic pot-still is used.
It must be produced within the designated area in Pays d'Auge
A minimum of six weeks of fermentation of the cider is required
This one has been aged 13 years and comes from a single cask (n. 97) left it at a higher proof. That's tough to come by with stateside where Calvados usually sits between 40-42 proof. All my experiences with well-aged, high proof Calvados have been real treats (thank you Eric Bordelet). Most of this bottle ended up being sampled among friends, because it kept getting such positive feedback.
Nose: Funky pears and apples. Some barnyard and sugar glaze. Light touch with the oak. Good depth. Vanilla. Apple. Bitter pear skins. Caramel. Oak and baking spice in the finish.
Flavors: Vanilla. Apple. Bitter pear skins. Caramel. Oak and baking spice in the finish.
Palate Structure: Palate is thick and fantastic. Great pace as it unspools. Lots of rich, deep pockets.
Alcohol Integration: On point. Right in my sweet spot. It's got weight and attitude, but checks the proof.
You’d Dig This If You Like:
MGP Rye: high proof, 8+ years
Jamaican Rum: tropics aged, high proof, high ester
Score: 8 (Stash One) This stuff is spot on. Funky-farmhouse-fermented apples need to be your thing cuz they are front and center, top to bottom. Fortunately, they are my thing. High proof calvados are a great spirit for MGP and Alberta rye drinkers - plenty of fruit and spice and where the ryes can lean more herbal, here you get the farmhouse funk. Best Calvados I’ve had since the last couple Bordelets.
10- Reevaluate My Budget
9 - Stash Two (If Able)
8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)
7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers
6 - Solid - Above Average
5 - Acceptable For The Situation
4 - Not Vocally Complaining
3 - Wish I Was Drinking Something Else
2 - Nothing Nice To Say
1 - Drain Pour