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"If it's not good enough to drink slowly, then it's not worth drinking"

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). (87 p)

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! (87 p)

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) (87 p)

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! (91 p)

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