Roger Groult 25 Years Old Pays D’Auge Calvados
The Roger Groult 25 Years old is an expression of elegance. Subtle, complex, fine, this Calvados is the result of extensive know-how. A blend of very old Calvados, which is a minimum of 25 years old, distilled by the family Groult during the twentieth century.
Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal, Dec. 2018 A family estate spanning five generations, the “Clos de la Hurvaniere” lies in the heart of the Pays d’Auge. Planted on flint clay covered with fine, silty soil, the Groult’s 65 acres of orchards are a mix of traditional “high-stem” apple trees and “half-stem” apple trees, which yield 30 varieties of apples, which are either sweet, bitter-sweet or acidic.
Apple ciders (6-7%vol.) are distilled after one year of slow and natural fermentation on fine lees. The first heating of cider in our alembic pot-stills produces the intermediary alcohol named “petite eau” at 30% vol. The second distillation is the “proper heating” (“la bonne chauffe”) and produces Calvados at 70% vol. on average. In both of distillations they separate heads and the tails to keep only the best part of the distillation, “le coeur de chauffe”.
Pioneers in long-aging their Roger Groult 25 Years Calvados, a separate cellar has been built and dedicated to each generation of the family, giving a feeling of continuity, consistency, and quality when touring the estate. Groult ages their Calvados only in very old oak barrels (most of them are more than 100 year old) to focus on the fruit taste. Groult has more than 350 barrels in their cellars. Barrels are never totally empty to keep roots of very old Calvados for each blend. The age mentioned on the label corresponds to the youngest vintage that was used for the blend.