2002 Domaine De Merval 18 Year Old Single Barrel #103 Cask Strength Calvados (750ml)

SKU #1602357

With buildings dating back to the 17th century, Château de Merval is located in Brémontier-Merval in the Pays de Bray. Cider production on the farm was relaunched in 1988 on 120 hectares of organic orchards grazed by a small herd of Normandy dairy cows for the production of the farm's Neufchâtel. Château de Merval is included on the esteemed list of Cuvées Prestiges-Cidres des Pays de Haute-Normandie. Don't miss a wonderful opportunity to get a sense of this idyllic place with this 18 Year Old Single Barrel, a fine and subtle expression of artisanal Calvados. The main goal of the estate is to function as an agricultural school, with the goal of creating the finest products in every AOC available, with an unquestioned commitment to quality and tradition. This is the first product from the estate to be exported and is sold exclusively at K&L. Only a handful of retailers in France have access to this unique product, and none are selling this special cask. A truly transcendent addition to the pantheon of great brandy producers.


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By: Hope Cooc | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2023 | Send Email
The apples on this calvados are still very present and persistent for being a 2002. It has a walnut nuttiness, with spices of cloves and cinnamon, and the apples reminds me of eating a warm apple tart during the holidays. Very delicious!

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2022 | Send Email
This is a beautiful and expressive Calvados. For me, sometimes older Calvados losses a bit of the apple flavors and become more Cognac like. The 2002 Merval does not do this. The nose has wonderful seductive apple aromas . In the mouth flavors are layered and pronounced with finesse. It is a pure joy to drink.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2022 | Send Email
There are only so many occasions where you stumble upon a truly unknown entity in the booze world. I've been to Calvados many times and spent countless hours researching every producer of note, but somehow this exceptional estate had slipped through the cracks. Partially that's because they don't really have a commercial presence or even commercial goals. This estate is run as an agricultural school and while their sustainable polyculture curriculum is the focus, they've spared no expense to make the absolute highest quality brandy available anywhere in Normandy. If you ask anyone who knows Calvados who the best producer is, their response should unequivocally be Camut - the traditional producer in the center of the Pays D'Auge. But, wonderful Merval estate is well outside the region which is generally excepted as the benchmark for the category. Nonetheless this exceptional operation, which started seriously focusing on quality brandy only in the last few decades, should be considered one of the regions very best. This is the very first barrel to ever be exported, selected specifically by the master distiller to exemplify the house style, and represents a somewhat new way of thinking of Calvados. It's single barrels without blending which makes this product so unique and of course the exceptional flavors that they've managed to achieve. Here's my tasting notes. The color is deep gold. Immediately a huge punch of caramelized and spiced apple slices, Tarte Tatin, candied ginger, roasted cloves and a rich earthy underbrush character. The intense and heady aromatics offer so much aromatic complexity, it's truly unlike any other calvados I've ever tried. No doubt that comes from the commitment to static aging and the tendency to eschew some of the traditional brandy blended practices. On the palate the richness is unbelievable, offering texture that few other brandy producers can match. The wood is extremely restrained, but frames the rich fruit perfectly. Soft clove, cinnamon and sage add to the bold pome fruit character. It's definitely a malt drinkers brandy, offering a huge amount of character, power and depth that reminds me more of a great old Highland malt than the soft light stuff you might know from some of the more classical producers. This is an absolute treat and one of the most significant finds in the brandy category for many many years.

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