Christian Drouin VSOP Pale & Dry Calvados Pays dÕAuge 40% 700ml$134.00
Double distilled, aged in small 225 litre former wine casks. Light amber colour. The nose offers a subtle blend of sweet cider, baked apples, gingerbread, vanilla and cinnamon hints evolving towards almond and bee wax fragrances On the palate this calvados is supple and generous with Tarte Tatin flavours and a fruity apple finish. "Amber hue with copper highlights. Focused, inviting nose suggestive of ripe apple and tarte tatin. The palate reveals a crisp, focused and fruity Calvados showing lovely balance and persistence. Ideal as an introduction to the category" Comments by Gilbert & Gaillard Awards: 2016 VSOP Awards Silver Medal, Concours Agricole de Paris, 2019 92/100 Excellent highly recommended, Ultimate spirits challenge, USA (2019) 93/100 Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 (USA) Gold Medal concours de Paris 2017(France) Gold Medal 88/100 Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2016 Silver Medal, Concours Agricole Paris 2016 (France) 4.5 stars, Bevx.com, Sean Ludford (USA), Eeb 2016 Brotherhood trophy, Saint Hilaire du Harcouet's contest 2015 (France) 91/100, « Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014 (USA) Silver Medal, I.W.S.C. London 2013 (UK) Silver Medal, San Francisco 2013 (USA) Silver Medal, IWSC London 2012 (UK) Silver Medal, San Francisco 2012 (USA)
Christian Drouin X.O Calvados Pays dÕAuge 42% 700ml$172.00
Golden colour. Double distilled, aged in small oak casks, this Calvados offers a harmonious nose mixing baked apples, almond and spice hints. The mouth is supple, soft and well developed. Fruity at first it evolves towards vanilla and woodier notes. Awards: XO Awards Score 90+, Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge, 2019 Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirit Competition (USA), 2019 Silver Medal, Concours Agricole de Paris, 2018, (France) Bronze Medal, Cambremer, 2018, (France) 5 stars, Bevx.com 2017 (USA) Silver Medal, Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 (Hong Kong) Double Gold Medal, 10th annual judging of craft spirits by the American Distilling Institute 2016 (USA) Best of Category, 10th annual judging of craft spirits by the American Distilling Institute 2016 (USA) 98/100, « Extraordinary, ultimate recommendation", Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016 (USA) Silver Medal, Vinalies Internationales 2015 Silver Gilt Medal, Vimoutiers 2015 (France) 94/100, « Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2015 (USA) Award of Excellence, Saint Hilaire du Harcouet's contest 2015 (France) Silver Medal San Fransisco World Spirits Competition 2014 (USA) 92/100 "Excellent, Highly Recommended", Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013 (USA) Gold Medal, I.W.S.C. London 2013 (UK) Silver Medal, Bruxelles 2013 (Belgium) 88/100, Guilde Gilbert & Gaillard 2014 (France) 92/100 Ultimate Spirits 2013 (USA) « Prix Vinalies » 2012 (France) Gold Medal, Vimoutiers 2012 (France)
Christian Drouin Hors D'Age Calvados Pays d'Auge 42% 700ml$206.00
This Calvados has been aged over 15 years in small oak casks and shows the complexity that makes Christian Drouin "Coeur de Lion" the star of Calvados. The colour is flamboyant amber flame like; the nose is complex and balanced. On the palate, it is smooth, dominated by wood and spices, with great length. Should be allowed to breathe in the glass before tasting. Perfect with a cigar. "Calvados Hors d'Age Christian Drouin Normandy's best-known spirit Calvados sometimes gets forgotten about in the corporate spirits world but this artisanal product deserves more attention. Having spent 15 years in small casks it has a lovely amber hue and spicy notes plus vibrant apple skin and dried fruit on both the nose and palate. Great length with a fiery 42% alcohol finale to warm your cockles" Decanter.com - Dec. 2009 - TOP 10 SPIRITS FOR CHRISTMAS "Christian Drouin Hors d'Age Calvados Pays d'Auge : hint of rancio, spirits esters and dried orange. Soft entry; serious spirit with lots of fine tannins. Nearly seamless integration of fruit and oak. Best value" Santé- October 2008 - Calvados Normandy's Noble Spirit by David Furer (USA) An exceptional spirit worth a special search ! "Brilliant clarity and sharply drawn flavours; rich, snappy and thrilling". Anthony Dias Blue (USA) The Complete book of Spirits - 2007 - Harpers Collins Publisher "Light amber colour. Cooked apples, hints of vanilla, caramel and citrus. A stunning and complex example of small production calvados" - Beverage Media - January 2004- Calvados Selections (USA) Awards: Horsd'Age Awards Gold Medal, Concours Agricole de Paris, 2019 Gold Medal, Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge, 2019 Silver Medal, ADI's Judging of Craft Spirits (USA), 2019 Silver Medal "remarkable", IWSC, 2018 (UK) Gold Medal, Gilbert & Gaillard 2017 (France) Silver Medal, Concours de Lyon 2017 (France) Bronze Medal, All Wines Asia 2017 ( Hong Kong) Silver Medal "outstanding"l, IWSC London 2016 (UK) 1st prize, Saint Hilaire du Harcouet 2016 (France) Gold Medal, Vinalies Internationales 2016 (France) Silver Medal, Hong Kong 2015 Silver Outstanding Medal, I.W.S.C. London 2014 (UK) "Prix d'Excellence", Vinalies Nationales 2013 (France) 95/100, "Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation", Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013 (USA) Silver Medal, I.W.S.C. London 2010 (UK) 88/100 Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard 2010 (France) ***** Highest Recommendation - Spirit Journal Dec. 2009 (USA) « Prix d'Excellence », Vinalies 2009 (France) 95/100 Dina Viner Dec. 2008 - Mikael Christiansson (Sweden) Silver Medal, Brussels World Contest 2007(Belgium) Silver Medal, Vimoutiers 2007(France) Silver Medal, I.S.C. London 2006 (UK) Silver Medal, Metz 2006(France) Gold Medal, Paris 2005(France) Gold Medal, Lisieux 2005, 2004, 1996, 1993(France) Gold Medal, Best Calvados , San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2003(USA) Gold Medal, Vinalies Internationales 2003 Silver Medal, Caen 2003(France) "Classic (96-100) Highest Recommendation"in The WINE ENTHUSIAST- Dec. 2002 (USA) Gold Medal, Brussels World Contest 2002 (Belgium) Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2000 (USA) **** Vin & Mat n° 1, 2000 (Sweden)
Christian Drouin Gin 'Le Gin Blanc' 42% 700ml$106.00
Guillaume Drouin has created this hand-crafted Gin using the art of blending developed for classic spirits. It is produced by distillation of ciders in three small Normandy copper pot stills, and by the distillation of Juniper and seven other aromatic plants typical of the world of Calvados. Each one is distilled separately before being blended in unique proportions for a batch of 2,850 bottles. This gin is in fact a cider apple eau-de-vie from Normandy in which juniper berries, ginger, vanilla, lemon, cardamom, cinnamon, rose petals and almonds have been macerated. Remarkably well-balanced, it simultaneously reveals finesse and incredible aromatic precision. Proud of its Normandy roots, the nose opens with wafts of apple. Little by little, it becomes liquorice-inspired, herbaceous (juniper) and peppery. Full of energy, the opening on the palate is floral (apple blossom) and fruity (raspberry, blackcurrants). The back of the palate offers freshly cut quarters of apple and a voluptuous nose (apple tart, quince jelly). For more Christian Drouin, CLICK HERE
Christian Drouin Tres Pomme Calvados 53% 700ml$138.00
Same recipe, same philosophy: Très Pomme is a limited edition bottled at a balanced degree of 53%.vol. A young calvados, high-grade wine with explosive aromas of raw apples. Aged in old casks, very expressive on the apple: young, powerful, full. The addition of a few drops of water releases the fruit aromas. Gold Medal (87/100) Gilbert & Gaillard Competition 2022
Christian Drouin Sélection Calvados 40% 700ml$94.00
While the Pays d’Auge Calvados requires prolonged aging in oak barrels to flourish, a Calvados produced from apples and pears, and distilled in a column still, offers an aromatic universe dominated by fruit, palatable. from an early age. For this reason, CHRISTIAN DROUIN preferred to offer for “entry-level” a Calvados partly produced in the establishment he operates in Domfront. This calvados derives its originality from the high percentage of perry pears used in conjunction with cider apples. The soil (schist and granite) and the distillation process (a single distillation) also contribute to its typicality. It is ideal for the preparation of cooking recipes, apple granita and cocktails requiring a fruity base alcohol. La Sélection is an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée calvados.
Christian Drouin Selection Calvados 40% 350ml$57.00
While the Pays d'Auge Calvados requires prolonged aging in oak barrels to flourish, a Calvados produced from apples and pears, and distilled in a column still, offers an aromatic universe dominated by fruit, palatable. from an early age. For this reason, CHRISTIAN DROUIN preferred to offer for "entry-level" a Calvados partly produced in the establishment he operates in Domfront. This calvados derives its originality from the high percentage of perry pears used in conjunction with cider apples. The soil (schist and granite) and the distillation process (a single distillation) also contribute to its typicality. It is ideal for the preparation of cooking recipes, apple granita and cocktails requiring a fruity base alcohol. La Sélection is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée calvados.
Christian Drouin Le Gin Carmina 42% 700ml$106.00
Calvados Christian Drouin keeps exploring new flavour associations. After launching Le Gin de Christian Drouin in 2015, the only Gin elaborated using over 30 varieties of cider apples and 7 aromatic spices, carefully selected for their perfect match with apple and juniper aromas, Guillaume Drouin signs a new blend devoted to red berries. The same principles have presided the making of Carmina as they did for the original version of Le Gin: each aromatic ingredient is macerated and then separately distilled to optimize the extraction of aromas. The distillates are then assembled before bottling. Carmina has a summer-like bouquet. It mixes fruit and flowers, using not only juniper and Normandy cider apple varieties but also raspberries, blackcurrants, elder flowers, vanilla, lemon and orange. The packaging of Carmina respects the identity of Le Gin de Christian Drouin; however, the colour code is carmine as a reminder of the domineering aromas of this new gourmet gin with its hints of raspberries and blackcurrants. Limited edition: only 8550 bottles will be marketed. Tasting advice: to be sipped neat or as a Gin Tonic, with a slice of lemon and a raspberry to decorate. For more from Christian Drouin, CLICK HERE
Christian Drouin Calvados Vintage 2000 42% 700ml$289.00
Double distillation in a copper pot still. Double distillation in a copper pot still. Aged in used calvados barrels, plus 3 years in used Tokaj barrels. Dark amber colour. A complex and lively bouquet with hints of currant, dried apricot, honey and cooked apple. Fresh and expressive in the mouth with a long finish. Endnotes of walnut and hazelnut. Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 95/100 Extraordinary, Ultimate recommendation New York (USA) Gilbert & Gaillard, Gold Medal, 2020, (France)
Christian Drouin Gin 'Le Gin' Calvados cask finish 42% 700ml$123.00
Based on its experience for aging Eau de Vie, the Drouin family has decided to age a limited volume of its Gin. A few former calvados casks of 225 liters have been selected to age a base of Le Gin de Christian Drouin. After 6 months in the casks, "Le Gin de Christian Drouin calvados cask finish" is rounder, more complex, with even more obvious apple flavors. Christian Drouin Gin is prepared as superb blended spirit. The perfect proportions of each ingredient, its balance, its elegance and its complexity allow it to be drunk straight or with ice. This is without doubt the best way to appreciate the subtlety and delicacy of its flavors. Serving suggestion: straight or with ice. For more Christian Drouin, CLICK HERE
Christain Drouin Calvados 2002 Pays d'Auge Vintage 42% 700ml$264.00
Double distillation in a copper pot still. Aged in old barrels of calvados and old barrels of Rivesaltes. The nose is frank, marked by apples and candied fruits with notes of light tobacco at the end of the glass. The palate is straightforward with apple skin flavours on the finish.
Christian Drouin Pira Gin 42% 700ml$109.00
This new gin has a new star ingredient: pear. We have blended a variety of pear traditionally used to make pear cider in Normandy, known as Domfront, with juniper, vanilla, lemon, black pepper and iris root. A typical Norman cottage will have irises growing along the ridge of the thatched roof. Pira is crafted according to our original gin recipe, in which each ingredient is macerated and distilled separately in order to extract the full aroma. The distillates are then assembled just before bottling. Pira packaging replicates the visual identity of Christian Drouin Gin, but in a luscious raw green hue that brings pears to mind. It tastes of mouth-watering white fruit, black pepper and iris, as ever with the full-bodied flavour that has forged the reputation of gins by Drouin. Serving suggestion: Serve neat or with tonic water, with a sliver of pear or an elderflower to garnish.
Christian Drouin Calvados 1989 Pays D'Auge Sherry cask 42% 700ml$473.00
1989 Christian Drouin Calvados Pays D'Auge Sherry cask 42% 700ml: Double distillation. Ageing finished in sherry casks. Bright and attractive colour with light tawny hints and topaze yellow highlights. Pleasant grilled, smoked and fruity nose with almonds and baked apples. Full mouth with powerful tannins, lingering taste. Perfect with a Tarte Tatin, a Prince Hoyo cigar. Silver Medal,Best in class, I.W.S.C. London 2008 (UK) For more Christian Drouin, CLICK HERE
Christian Drouin 17 years Caroni Finish Calvados 48.8% 700ml$242.00
For 30 years now, Christian Drouin Calvados has been distributed in Italy by Velier, the largest Italian spirits specialist. From these years of collaboration was born a sincere friendship between Luca Gargano, Christian and Guillaume Drouin.In 2004, Luca discovered Caroni in Trinidad and Tobago, during one of his travels in the Caribbean, the forgotten stocks of a large state distillery founded in 1918 and closed in 2003. Caroni rums are among the most original heavy rums in the world, marked by notes of tapenade, pencil lead, petrol or even leather.In 2020, Guillaume Drouin imagined a new challenge as exciting as it is demanding for Christian Drouin's Experimental range and asked Luca if he could find him some empty barrels of these rums. Six barrels of Caroni 1996 were soon housed in the Daniel Flambard cellar in Pont l'Evêque and filled with a 17-year-old Calvados Pays d'Auge.«We had to find a Calvados that was powerful and structured enough to support the aromatics of these old Caroni casks. I usually push the reductions of our Calvados quite far to find the best degrees of balance, but for this Caroni Angels it seemed clear that the chosen Calvados needed to be maintained at a higher degree. After maturing for 8 months in these casks, the balance seemed to me to have been reached and Caroni Angels was bottled at 48.8%.vol.» Tasting Notes:On the nose, the aromas of roasted apple and dried apricot blend into expressions of leather, petroleum and brown sugar. The mouth retains the liveliness and freshness of Calvados on the attack before revealing all its amplitude, richness and length. Toasted, smoky and baked apple notes intertwine on the finish.
Christian Drouin Calvados Longpond Finish 45% 700ml$216.00
Long Pond Angels is a 14-year-old calvados Pays d'Auge which we have finished aging for 7 months in old French oak casks that previously contained the 1995 Jamaica Long Pond ITP Très Grand Rum. Bottled at 45%. vol, particularly rich, the nose is suave and blends notes of brown sugar, melon, papaya and apple. The palate has good acidity, with vanilla and pepper notes and a long finish of banana and apple. "After Hampden Angels, we wanted to work with the other great distillery in Jamaica in this collaboration with Plantation Long Pond. We wanted to explore once again the surprising and magical combination of exotic rum flavours with those of our calvados.
Christian Drouin 1992 Calvados Pays d'Auge 42% 700ml$360.00
Christian Drouin 1992 Calvados Pays d'Auge is a luxurious and complex spirit that is the result of decades of expertise and artistry. This 700ml bottle contains a premium blend of apples that have been carefully handpicked from the Pays d'Auge region of Normandy, France. This vintage Calvados has been aged for almost 30 years in oak barrels, giving it a deep, amber color and a rich, layered flavor profile. On the nose, it is intensely aromatic, with notes of ripe apples, vanilla, and caramel. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with flavors of baked apple, cinnamon, and nutmeg, followed by a long, smooth finish with hints of oak and spice. At 42% ABV, Christian Drouin 1992 Calvados Pays d'Auge is a bold and flavorful spirit that can be enjoyed on its own as a sipping drink or paired with a variety of desserts, cheese, or fruit. This vintage Calvados is a true reflection of the art and expertise of Christian Drouin, one of the most renowned Calvados distillers in the world. Whether you are a connoisseur of fine spirits or simply looking for a special gift for a loved one, Christian Drouin 1992 Calvados Pays d'Auge is sure to impress. Indulge in a glass of this exceptional vintage Calvados and experience the essence of Normandy in every sip.