Four high-end bottlings of Calvados
| 25 Jul 2011 |
Boulard Hors d'Age 12 y.o.:
Fresh, fruity nose with mint and vanilla, also oaky and unfortunately slightly earthy with a hint of rubber.
Fairly rich palate - sweet at first, then oaky and spicy with cinnamon and cardamom. Dry, spicy, warming finish with a nice
oakiness. All in all quite nice and entertaining yet a little unbalanced (a little too spicy and fiery).
Pâpidoux Hors d'Age 15 y.o.:
Very nice, fresh nose with notes of candied apples, oak shavings and custard. Mild, sweet, balanced palate.
Light and clean with notes of caramelized sugar, cinnamon, citrus and peppermint.
For its age, I expected more character - however, it's very good for the price!
Château du Breuil 20 y.o.:
A little quiet nose, yet nice and complex with brown sugar, oak, cinnamon, mint and a hint of wood smoke.
The palate is at first rich and sweet, then drying, develops oak and gingerbread and a note of fresh oak shavings.
Dry, oaky, spicy finish. All in all rather nice yet a little too oaky - but the prominent oak seems to be Breuil's house style.
(The '92 and '93 vintages are excellent, so I expected more from this 20 year old)
Père Magloire 20 y.o.:
Lovely, complex nose with tropical fruits, cinnamon and oak. Sweet, smooth palate with
notes of candied apple, citrus, oak and mint. Orange and dark chocolate on the finish ("romerska bågar"),
also a little oak. The oak is surprisingly restrained after 20 years in wood. Wonderfully balanced. The best Calvados I've tried so far!
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