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Domaine du Manoir de Montreuil 20 Year Old "Whiskey Barrel Finish" Calvados Pays d'Auge (750ml)

SKU #1501926

Giard is one of Pays D'auge's very best producers and traces its roots in the area back to the 1700s. Patrice Giard is the man in charge, taking over from his father Roger. The family's 30 hectares of orchards is one of the region's most picturesque, but this remains artisanal production at its core. Apples are collected only after they've fallen naturally to the ground. No dwarf root stock here. Patrice prefers traditional varietals for their high phenol levels and has over 200 head of cattle who graze the 3000 tree orchards, providing fertilizer and foliage removal. When the apples start to fall, Patrice herds the cattle into open pasture. The apples are pressed traditionally before being left to ferment naturally and age on their lees in traditional tonneau for over one year. Double distillation on very old copper pots fired over wood is slow and time consuming, but makes for an extremely fine spirit. Patrice uses well-seasoned casks to age his calvados, but this little experiment couldn't be ignored. This 200-liter barrel of whisky head Jack Daniels in it many decades ago before being sent to Scotland for maturating single malt. We don't know how Patrice got a hold of it, but we're sure glad he put some nicely aged calva to see what would happen. A decade later this calvados has become completely unique. Aged in a lofted nook of his old warehouse, the concentrated vanilla and supple spice add wonderful nuance to the dense apple flavors. It's the best of fall in a glass!

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