Famille Dupont Calvados Original (700ml)
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The Famille Dupont Family estate consists of 30 hectares (74 acres) of orchards in Normandy, in the heart of the Pays d’Auge region. The estate produces ciders, pommeau and calvados. For more than 25 years now, the Estate has resolutely followed a path towards high quality. By drawing on the best techniques used to make cognac and its great blends, Etienne Dupont has studied, tried out and refined his cellar work to reach the same levels of elegance and expressiveness as found in the best wines. Some of these techniques, such as manual sorting of the apples, and even working with an oenologist are found only very rarely in the making of cider and calvados. But just as for wine, the quality of the apples is still the first essential step.
The apples are crushed and pressed, the juice is fermented then double distilled over six months before ageing for two years in old neutral oak casks to maintain the fruit aromas rather than to gain oak character. The result is a 40% ABV eau-de-vie; clear and brilliant in the glass with a powerful, fresh, fruity and slightly floral nose. The palate is supple and round with a persistent finish. Enjoy this as an aperitif, on its own, over ice or with a drop of water. Makes and excellent eau-de-vie base for cocktails. Serve cold with marinated or smoked fish.