The Camut family has been producing calvados on their Pays d’Auge estate for almost 200 years. They were at the
forefront of the development of this fine aged spirit suitable for the resurgent restaurant scene that followed the end of World War II in France. The estate is planted with about 4,000 traditional hi-stemmed apple tree varieties - approximately 25 different types -which give balance to the cider and subsequent distilled spirit. No pesticides are ever used and the cider is aged in oak barrels until the
following September when distillation commences. It was Adrien Camut who perfected the family’s distillation methods using the
domaines’ different pot stills—the eldest from the 1920’s and the most recent from 1975—to produce calvados with both the power and finesse to withstand long ageing in oak. The spirit is casked in used barrels at roughly 62 % alcohol and is reduced to about 50 % during the first two years of ageing. The spirit is moved constantly during its youth with the barrels kept no more than 75 % full; this increases the oxidation, the natural reduction in strength and the development of the flavours. After this initial ageing the brandy is moved to larger casks where it slumbers for many years before bottling without filtration. Réserve de Semainville, in honour of the estate’s original name—Domaine de Semainville, this blend represents the finest characteristics of the very best calvados. Old enough hat the initial high-ester nose and rough spirit has matured into a fine, well-balanced brandy, but not so old that it has picked up too much oak or dries out at the finish. On the nose there is an edge of light spice before everything else comes through - rich, butterscotch, toffee apple notes. The palate has big, full flavours of spiced apple. A great finish showing a touch of liquid tarte tatin
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