About Calvados

About Calvados
Calvados, the Apple Brandy from the Normandy region of Northwestern France, is probably the best known type of Fruit Brandy. Produced for centuries, Calvados can only be produced from specific local apple varieties; some are quite bitter, while others are more sweet and sour.

There are age designations, as in Cognac (V.S.O.P., X.O, Napoleon, etc.) as well as vintage Calvados, which must be produced entirely from the fruit of one specific year. Every Calvados much be aged in oak barrels for a minimum of two to three years; the finest are aged for as long as twenty years. These luxury offerings have excellent texture, sweet spice and intense apple aromas - they are one of a kind!

Top Picks for Calvados

Pere Magloire VSOP Calvados
91 points
$39.99
Golden amber color. Yeasty aromas of heirloom apples, sultana studded yeasty brioche, dandelion blossom, forelle pear, plum vinegar, and honey on french toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long bananas in custard, smoked Manchego, butterscotch pudding, flaky lemon curd Danish, mango rind, and walnut finish. A rustic, charming Calvados with a huge spectrum of flavors.
91 points $39.99
Boulard Calvados VSOP
91 points
$49.99
Brilliant copper color. Fruity, pure aromas of juicy red apples, fine tea, roasted walnuts, cinnamon-butterscotch, and leather with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length creme anglaise atop warm apple compote, mixed peppercorns, pepperoncini, and tobacco ash finish. A fresh, dry Calvados for after-dinner sipping.
91 points $49.99
Domaine Dupont Fine Reserve Calvados
88 points
$44
Golden straw color. Aromas of nougat, dried golden apple, chardonnay, fig newton, and braised turnip with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, medium-length cinnamon and clove pastry and fennel seed finish. A youthful Calvados for cocktail play.
Boulard Calvados Pays dAuge XO
88 points
$89.99
Bronze color. Earthy aromas of bee pollen, alpine herbs, damp trees, and apple handpie with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length apple quickbread, gingerbread, and hazelnut creamer finish. A light and mysterious Calvados that might be a nice departure for single malt fans.
88 points $89.99