Calvados Chauffe Coeur

The making of Calvados Chauffe Coeur:

Origin: According to the original and ancient recipe, the Calvados Chauffe Coeur are a blend of Calvados Appellation (single distillation) and Calvados Pays d’Auge (double distillation).  

 

Apples: a wide variety of acid, bittersweet cider apples are used; they are pressed by varieties and each juice is stored individually in stainless steel vats until the first fermentation ; then the juices are blended for the specific purpose of making Chauffe Coeur, the blend undergoes a second fermentation and is left to age for a minimum of one year.

 

Distillation: Single and double distillation; for the double distillation, the heads and tails are discarded; only the heart of the distillation, where all the aromas and fruit are nestled, are used for making the Chauffe Coeur quality.

 

Ageing: in old 12hl oak barrels from the Limousin. Old oak is used in order to preserve the fresh taste of the apples.

 

Blending: Usually, the blending takes place about a year before the final product is meant to be bottled, when the various eaux de vie have aged well and for a long time. At that time also, if some strength reduction is needed, it will be done, slowly and little at a time over a few months. Chauffe Coeur Calvados are sold at 43% vol., the best volume according to the cellar master. There is no sugar, caramel or color added.

 

Calvados VSOP

The VSOP Chauffe Coeur Calvados is  aged a minimum of 6 years in oak.

 

95 points. Gold medal "Exceptional."

Beverage Tasting Institute, 2012

 

"Highly Recommended / 90-95 / Best Buy"

Wine Enthusiast, 2008

 

"Highly Recommended / 4 stars" 

Spirit Journal, Sept. 2007  

Calvados Hors d'Age

The Hors d’Age Chauffe Coeur Calvados is aged a minimum of 15 years in oak.

  

"Top 50 Best Spirits 2008"

Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2008

 

"Highest Recommendation / 96-100 / Best Buy"

Wine Enthusiast, 2008

 

"Highest Recommendation / 5 stars"  

Spirit Journal, Sept. 2007

Recipes

French Onion Soup with Calvados from Christine

Christine's French Onion Soup with Calvados

Zed Cocktail from the Savoy Stomp

Zed Cocktail with Calvados Chauffe Coeur