About Manoir d'Apreval Calvados XO
Since the reign of Charlemagne in the 8th century, distilleries in the Lower Normandy region of France have been distilling calvados — a type of apple brandy. Calvados is made by harvesting and pressing fresh apples into a pulpy juice. The juice is then fermented into a dry cider, which is distilled before being matured in oak casks for a minimum of two years.
Calvados has a long and rich history in France. When an outbreak of phylloxera devastated the vineyards of France, calvados experienced a golden age. In addition, during World War I, calvados was requisitioned by the French Army both as a drink for French soldiers to enjoy and, because of its alcohol content, for use in armaments.
Manoir d'Apreval is a family-owned cider making domaine located in the French commune of Honfleur, which sits in Normandy's "Pays d'Auge" region, made famous for its production of apples and Camembert cheese. Established at the beginning of the 20th century by Victor Revillon, Manoir d'Apreval has since been stewarded for three generations by the women in his family — his wife, his granddaughter, and now his great granddaughter, Agathe Lettelier.
Manoir d'Apreval Calvados is crafted from a unique blend of organically grown apples. Lettelier chooses a selection of bitter and bitter-sweet apple varietals, which are rich in tannins and acidity and ultimately provide the calvados with its smooth flavor and full body. Once the apples are harvested and pressed into a tart juice, the fresh cider rests in vats for six to nine months as it completes natural fermentation. Next, the cider is twice distilled through a pot still in the traditional Pays d'Auge method and then immediately transferred into oak barrels for maturation. The tannins from the oak gives the calvados its warm color — first golden, then amber as the calvados ages even longer — and aromatic bouquet.
Manoir d'Apreval Calvados XO is aged for a minimum of 15 years, resulting in a deep copper color. Sweet aromas of baked apples, brown sugar, vanilla, pie crust and warm spices give way to notes of honey, caramel, vanilla, nougat and citrus on the palate, and lead to a finish accented by touches of woody spices and candied nuts.
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Brandy is typically produced from distilled wine and other fermented fruit juices like apples, pears, and other sweet fruits.
It is a perfect after-dinner digestif served neat or slightly warmed by holding the glass with your hands.
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