How do Calvados in France

• How do Calvados

in France

In France, there are several traditional regional products - a cognac, cheese and apple brandy called "Calvados" (calvados). The title is, as they say, came from the Latin expression "calva dorsa" - "bald beach". On charts of the XVII century so designated two cliff with devoid of vegetation slopes located from each other at a distance of 10 nautical miles between Arromanches and Asnelem. These two slope served as landmarks for sailors returning to port after another going out to sea.

Through the merger of these two terms, and came into the world the name of Calvados, which in 1790 was named one of the departments of Lower Normandy in the center of Caen. I, as a lover of good brandy, it was interesting to see how to make it a competitor in the market of strong alcohol. And in Normandy, I was never - it's such a very different France, unusual.

How do Calvados in France

Basse-Normandie - is a flat beach, endless sandy beaches and endless apple orchards:

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If only one type of grape (e.g., all known Ugni Blanc) can be used to produce brandy, then 20-30 calvados manufacturers use different varieties of apple flavor, mixing them in the production of cider - basis for distillation alcohol.

How do Calvados in France

The first mention of the fact that in Normandy cider is distilled into alcohol and insist in a barrel refers to the middle of the XVI century. Then the process of making cider looked like this: first crushed apples in these wooden troughs ...

How do Calvados in France

... then packaged crushed apples in burlap, and squeezed the juice from them, that after six months of fermentation turned into cider.

How do Calvados in France

have someone from the manufacturers had their apple brandy stills (alambiki), but often used the services of mobile moonshine, which came at a time, distilled cider made in alcohol and went to another place.

How do Calvados in France

So, if for the production of cognac alcohol use young grape wine, the alcohol is to be obtained from cider Calvados. distillation process is completely identical, alambiki the same, except that the smell in the halls of distillation other, fresher or something, with apple flavor. Here is the distillation plant one of the main producers of calvados in France - Père Magloire (Pere Magloire) in Pont L'Eveque.

How do Calvados in France

Home Père Magloire was founded in 1821 and is considered the oldest and most famous of all manufacturing houses Calvados. In 1925, Père Magloire became one of the first French brands are registered in the National Institute of Industrial Property. Père Magloire belongs to the best appellation (geographic area) for the production of Calvados - Calvados Pays d'Auge (Calvados Pei d'Auge). Now 70% of the produced beverage is exported.

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The distillation yield shop to try starting material (cider) and its derivatives - alcohols first, second, distillation, and the final result - three kal'vados. It should be noted that the Calvados region Pei d'Auge only double distillation, t. E. The highest quality.

How do Calvados in France

In the past alambiki stoked with coal or wood, now they are all, of course, gas, electric, with a single control center. The coil in such distillation apparatus has a length of about 70 meters.

How do Calvados in France

One of the varieties of apples, which are used in the manufacture of Calvados.

How do Calvados in France

As in the history of brandy, after the apple alcohol is prepared, it takes a basic tool for making Calvados - oak barrels. Make them still manually from different species of oak (including "brandy" Limousin).

How do Calvados in France

The manufacturing process of casks are very laborious, long - from the start of drying blanks to firing inner surface may extend to two or three years, depending on the factory.

How do Calvados in France How do Calvados in France

Most, of course, a pleasant part of the examination of production - product tasting, when half an hour, you can try all kinds that produces the company - from the 3-year-old VSOP to the XO, which alcohols 30-40 years of aging.

How do Calvados in France

together with the tasting interesting to listen and explain the present cellar master (cellar saver main winemaker). At Père Magloire - it's Jean-Luke Fossey. In his hand was a standard tasting glass of such drinks.

How do Calvados in France

Particularly charming part of this tour - Product tasting straight from the barrels.

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Some well-known artists after tasting were ready to stay here forever.

How do Calvados in France

Former Cabinet cellar keeper of his desk. In cabinets alcohols samples, various preform.

How do Calvados in France

Guardian Cellars other known producing company Calvados Boulard Richard Preveli first showed its own production right at home, in a small estate.

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Here Richard Preveli making Calvados Lecompte brand. By the way, excellent.

How do Calvados in France

Richard Preveli shows shop Boulard finished products brand.

How do Calvados in France

The workers beckon a cubbyhole some antiquity.

How do Calvados in France

And this is a shop for visitors Boulard production. Mannitol is less.

How do Calvados in France

The production process at the Père Magloire ends here. Incidentally, the cognac houses are reluctant to show their products bottling line, and the "big" brands did not show. With Calvados, you can see, everything is much more democratic.

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