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Roger Groult Reserve Ancestrale 50-Year-Old

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Roger Groult Reserve Ancestrale starts with the hand-harvesting of over 50 varieties of apples

CALVADOS

The complexities of this spirit lend it to a myriad of uses. Enjoy it as a rare digestif, on the rocks, neat or in a magical cocktail. The apple-based spirit's quality is the result of equal parts tradition and attention to detail. There are no pesticides or mechanical pickers used; instead, several generations of family insight since the mid-1800s have yielded a multi-stage process that involves the hand-harvesting of more than 50 varieties of apples. These stages include: le rodage — picking up fallen apples first; then la récolte — the shaking of the trees to dislodge the fully ripe apples; and last, la troisième — searching the earth under the trees to collect the strays. It takes nearly 65 pounds of these apples to produce this 50-year-old dream Calvados. A hand-made, artisanal 140-proof treasure with intense aromatics, it offers deep rich earth and a touch of the sea, coupled with the smell of grade school books and a tender, finessed mouthfeel to be enjoyed and celebrated. It's a taste of history with a long finish — true to the land of Normandy from which it hails.

Price: $500


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