The Cadillac of Calvados


The Calvados made by Camut is the Cadillac of Calvados. This might sound like a gimmick or hyperbole, but this 7th generation estate brought Calvados from the bars of Normandy to the most swank, white tablecloth restaurants in Paris. Like good wine, good Calvados starts on the farm and only great quality apples will make remarkable spirits. The orchards at Camut are planted to ancient, late-ripening apple varieties that larger producers find too fussy and difficult to work with. Although not certified, the Camut family manages the historic Domaine de Semainville organically partly aided by Limousin cows who eat diseased, early-falling apples and provide their own brand of fertilizer. During harvest season the apples are picked and cleaned, then their leisurely fermentation lasts up to seven months. In the fall this cider is distilled twice in copper pots fueled with traditional apple wood. After distillation, the resulting spirit rests in large 30-40 year old barrels. The secret to the rich, supple flavors is that these casks are never filled more than three quarters full allowing maximum oxidation and softening of the spirit. To further this goal, the barrels are often racked back and forth several times a year which also helps work out volatile elements. This results in a mind-boggling amount of lost volume, as the alcohol evaporates (as much as 50 percent over twelve years), but as Jean-Gabriel Camut recalls his pioneering grandfather: “Adrian once said you have to lose something to gain something.” And gained something they have! John Rankin

Camut NV Calvados Pays d'Auge 6 ans d'âge

We have a wonderful customer who drinks a fair share of brandy and prefers the six year expression to the more exclusive bottlings--his preference is not unfounded. Camut 6 has delicious, green apple fruit with a hint of vanilla. A touch of oak smoke is there, but fruit is really the focus of this spirit. Six years may not sound like a long time, but trust us, it’s plenty. John Rankin

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  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $83.99

Camut Calvados Pays d'Auge 'Privilège' 18 ans d'âge

This is the Calvados that made the Camut estate famous. Compared to other Calvados on the market at the time of its introduction it was round, supple and elegant. Connoisseurs sip it from a white wine glass while deriders called it Calvados des Femmes. This spirit shows incredible poise and balance -- one of France’s best spirits. John Rankin

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  • 3 in stock
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  • $179.99

Camut Calvados Pays d'Auge Réserve de Semainville 25 ans d'âge

This bottling shows warm, baked apple flavors with delicious layers of oak and honey. The finish lasts and lasts, and even at 25 years of age the apple fruit is still intact and quite succulent. There are older Calvados from the estate, but to me this is the apex of fruit and oak with neither side overwhelming the other. This is a true experience and a wonderfully rare treat. John Rankin

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  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $259.99