Château du Breuil
Location: Pays d'Auge, France
About Château du Breuil
Château du Breuil produces calvados from the highly regarded French 'AOC Pays d’Auge' appellation. Unlike Calvados "AOC", Calvados with the AOC "Pays d'Auge" requires cider apples produced in the Pays d'Auge area and a double distillation.
It makes a finer Calvados, due to the quality of apples produced by the local soil, and to the elimination of the roughest parts of the alcohol during the distillations. The Château du Breuil makes AOC Pays d'Auge Calvados only.
Production begins with a careful selection of 5 varieties of the finest quality apples in the Pays d’Auge region of Normandy in France. A mild climate and clay rich soils give Château Du Breuil the ideal conditions in which to grow their 22,000 apple trees. These apples are picked at their peak and then allowed to ferment due to the presence of natural yeast, with no additives to accelerate the process.
The distillation process takes place between the beginning of winter and June 30th of the following year. To make one liter of Calvados 100% pure alcohol, about 27 kg apples or 20 liters of 5% volume cider are necessary.
Double distillation in a Charentais pot still is followed by ageing in French Limousin or Troncais oak casks, first in new casks then older casks for a longer period of slow maturation. Château du Breuil’s attention to detail produces a spirit with smooth rounded flavours and an impressive bouquet.