ROGER GROULT, CALVADOS PAYS D'AUGE SINGLE CASK NO. 397 KRIEK CASK FINISH

 

NORMANDY, FRANCE

 

 

The Groult family has been turning heads for many years, and one of our former offers, the Roger Groult Calvados Pays d’Auge 18 Years, was named ‘2019 World’s Best Calvados’ by World Drink Awards. Given the high demand for this incredible producer, we were thrilled to hand-select a single cask selection for our offer today. If ever there were an under-appreciated, under-the-radar, and generally misunderstood spirit, it would be Calvados. Too often lost in a country full of wine appellations or confused with Cognac or Armagnac, the apple-based brandy from Normandy has struggled with establishing a distinctive reputation. Thanks to producers like Roger Groult, however, times are changing and Calvados quality is better than ever—easily standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the world’s best brandies.

 

Jean-Roger Groult, fifth-generation distiller at Roger Groult, has never been one to rest on his laurels and has been experimenting with cask finishes for some years. Today’s offer, the single cask, cask strength 7-Year Roger Groult Calvados Pays d’Auge Kriek Cask Finish combines classic Pays d’Auge Calvados with a two-year finish in Cantillon casks—sourced directly from the famous brewery in Brussels known for their Kriek label, a lambic made with sour Morello cherries. Cask No. 397 was bottled only last month and produced a mere 320 bottles. The spirit is incredibly elegant with a complex, almost Cognac-like nose. The fruit character shines through, with soft leathery notes on the long finish.

 

The Groult family owns more than 6,000 apple trees and presses around 600 tons of apples each harvest. After the cider ferments slowly on its lees slowly over one year (ending up around 5-7% ABV), it is distilled twice in alembic pot stills; for both distillations, only the heart of distillate is used to ultimately be aged and bottled as Groult Calvados. With a goal of preserving the fruit integrity of the distillate, Groult ages all its Calvados in very old oak barrels in a Solera-type system. Whether you are a Cantillon or Calvados fan, or if you’re simply a fan of extraordinary spirits, this offer is for you. Special Concierge pricing will be available for one week only, so act quickly to secure your bottles before the deal is up!

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with items estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CA, CO, CT, IN, MA, NC, NM, NY, TN, VA, WA, WI, and limited stores in GA. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.