The word "Calvados"
“calva”, latin from “calvaria”: bald
“dorsa”, latin from “dorsum: crest or summit
On the sea charts of the Norman coast from the 17th century, the Latin expression "Calva-Dorsa" indicated two cliff zones with peeled crests, distant from ten nautical miles between Arromanches and Anneles.
The "Calva-Dorsa" constituted the first visible spot from open sea when the sailors were returning towards their home harbours.
This Latin idiom became through the sailors language contraction: "Calvados".
In 1790, when France began to be organised into departments, the members of the Constituting Parliament hesitated on naming that of Caen.
Since all the possible names closely resembled those of the Old Regime, the name Calvados was created from the chart indication“calva dorsa”.
The birth of calvados as an alcool
The first official reference regarding the cider distillation in Normandy was described by Sir Gilles de Gouberville in his diaries on the 28th of March 1553.
Sir Alexis de Gouberville described the first official reference to cider distillation in his diary on March 28th 1553.
V.S.O.P. is notable because it is made only from cider from apples harvested in the Pays d’Auge, an area covering barely 6% of Normandy. The character this soil gives the apples, combined with double distillation* in copper stills, offers the V.S.O.P. richness and length.
V.S.O.P. is blended from Calvados Pays d'Auge which has been aged in oak barrels for at least four years.
Appellation Calvados Pays d'Auge Contrôlée Double Distillation
| Brand||PERE MAGLOIRE VSOP|
| Size||70 CL|
| Cask||French Oak|
| Made with||Normandy apples|
| Alcohol Content||40%|
| Reserve||4 years|
| Tasting Notes||Colour: Superb dark golden colour.|
Nose: Heavily scented apple blossom aroma.
Palate: Delicious crisp flavour, harmoniously blending with the freshness of the fruit.
| Awards||Medaille D'Or Paris 2017|
SFWSC 2015 - DOUBLE GOLD
Spirit Selection Bruxelles 2015 - Silver
SFWSC 2014 - SILVER
| Product Dimensions||30.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm|
| Storage Instructions||Cool and dry conditions|
| Manufacturer/Producer||Père Magloire|
| Country Produced in||France|
| 1 Liter Proportion EUR||30.85|