Calvados Berneroy XO is a rich and full-flavoured Calvados blend aged for around 10 years years in fine French oak barrels
Calvados Berneroy is situated in the heart of the Pays d’Auge region in Northern France. The origins of the company date back to September 1944 when Michel Camus (owner of Calvados Camus) began working with a company called Blanchard & Cie. Together they created Calavados Berneroy as part of a range of spirits to be sold by Camus. Eventually the company was renamed Berneroy & CIE and was finally purchased by Camus outright in the 1970s. Berneroy Calvados has gained recognition as a high quality Calvados and as one of the leading brands in this category. Camus has revamped the entire range, to include a Fine, VSOP, XO and Extra, and have quite recently modernised the presentation.
Berneroy uses only top-quality cider apples from the finest independent orchards in Normandy. After apple harvest, the first step of the Calvados production process is to produce cider. This freshly made, highly aromatic dry cider is distilled using a continuous column still to concentrate and enhance its lively apple character. The resulting crystal-clear spirit is then patiently aged under the Master Blender’s watchful eye in French oak barrels for several years.
Calvados Berneroy is aged exclusively in old wood to preserve its genuine aromatic intensity and to avoid an over-oaked taste. Over time, its distinctive aroma of fresh apples evolves to develop more complex aromas of butter, vanilla, baked apple and liquorice. Through the subtle art of blending, the Master Blender then combines eaux-de-vie of various ages and characteristics to ensure a consistent House style and to create the superb Berneroy Calvados range.
Calvados Berneroy XO, like all the Berneroy range, is a blend of several Calvados chosen by the Cellar Master. The VSOP is aged for a minimum of 6 years in fine french oak barrels in order to offer a fruity and floral eau-de-vie with ripe apple flavours and elegant notes of vanilla.
Calvados Berneroy XO has aromas redolent with baked apples, spicy notes, butterscotch and nutty characteristics. The palate is rich, full, expansive, soft and very smooth. Notes of vanilla, butter, apple, spice and orange /citrus. The finish has a touch of sweetness and good length.
Try with a cheeseboard, chocolate or as an accompaniment to a good cigar.