Calvados is divided in 3 areas of production, among which the “calvados Pays d’Auge” which is not only the oldest, but also the most qualitative. Made from a double distillation, calvados Pays d’Auge are mellow and full bodies. The story of Drouin calvados began around 1960 when he bought a farm in Gonneville and he decided to use the cider-apple orchards to produce calvados. His aim was simple: produce a top-quality premium spirit. The third generation is now hard at work. It maintains the traditions that have enabled the estate to become one of the 100 “sites of excellence in taste” selected by the ministry for culture. In 1995 the European foundation awarded the estate its European Prestige Grand Prix for the whole of its production, which represents the quintessence of calvados.
Coeur de Lion Selection
Vintages available : from 1961 to 1993
Vintage Calvados comes from family stocks and from a collection of very old Calvados acquired when the estates of well-known producers were dispersed. Many of them have obtained the highest awards. the vintage years correspond to the year of distillation and not the apple harvest. Vintage Calvados is stored in casks, and the year of bottling appears on the label.
The first “Pomme Prisonnière” was marketed by Christian Drouin in 1981. By chance, just a few miles from the distillery, he had came across a fruit grower, Didier Alleaume, whose family had kept alive through four generations the tradition of imprisoning pears in carafes for the pleasure of a few privileged people. At once, Christian Drouin was attracted by the idea of associating apples with Calvados. Together they took up the adventure of “Pomme Prisonnière” which has been so successful that the trade mark “Pomme Prisonnière” is now often mistaken for a generic name.