|Origin||France, Pays D'Auge|
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Calvados Adrien Camut 6 Ans is a 6 year old Calvados from the Pays d’Auge, the eastermost region of the Calvados region, which is regarded by many as the finest region for apples in France.
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 just at the right time for the resurgent restaurant scene that followed the end of World War II in France. The 46.5 hectare 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, which must be fermented for a minimum of 6 weeks in the Pays d’Auge, is aged in oak barrels until the following September when distillation commences.
It was Adrien Camut who perfected the family’s double 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 for the Calvados Adrien Camut 6 Ans 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 period the brandy is moved to larger casks where it slumbers for many years before bottling without filtration.