Michel Huard Hors D'Age AOC Calvados
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From the largest Calvados appellation, simply called AOC Calvados, with crus spread all over Normandy, and spirits column-distilled a single time and generally made with only apples. The Huard property contains nearly 1,800 trees on 37 acres. The soil is loamy, composed of an ideal combination of silt and clay. About 30 varieties of apples are grown on the property, predominantly from the sweet and bittersweet categories.
The Hors d'Age release comes from a careful blend of barrels from 1990, 1992 and 1999. It shows deep green apple, vanilla and honey notes, a touch of almond, a soft mouthfeel, and a pleasingly long finish. A step up in development from the entry-level releases and a wonderful representation of the third Calvados appellation!