Monday, February 13, 2017

Dom. Montreuil 15 yr. Calvados, 42%, Selected by Astor Wines

It's all fresh apples on the nose, with plenty of earthy funk but none of the "sour milk" found in Camut. Do you ever make mulled cider in the winter? That's the vibe here.

And this bottle has it all: vibrant fruit, clove spice, and a nice kiss of oak. It's not particularly sweet, tasting more like a earthy heirloom apple (think Lady Alice). The spice hits hard mid-palate, with cloves and nutmeg. And the oak is perfectly balanced, never detracting for the spirit.

This is the perfect introduction to Calvados for the uninitiated: approachable yet complex. I could drink it by the case. 

Eventually, I need to start reviewing crappier bottles. With all of these B+ and A- scores, I'm starting to look like Drinkhacker.

B+/88 points. Another dynamic winner from Astor Wines. At cask strength, this would be a world-beater. Available for purchase here.

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