Calvados, ‘Selection’, Manoir de Montreuil
This project is a collaborative effort between Charles Neal and Patrice Giard that began in 2006 at the Giard family’s Calvados estate. While the two were working on that year’s distillation, they began to taste through different barrels together, gradually hatching a plan to create the best possible combination of the younger spirits. The result is a blend with an average age of 7 years: 20% from barrel distilled in 1998, 40% from barrel distilled in 2000 and 30% from barrel distilled in 2003. The family has 30 hectares of orchards, planted entirely in the tradition, free-standing haute-tige method. The cider ferments sur lie in well-seasoned tonneau and stays in the large barrel for one year prior to distillation. After being double-distilled, the new spirits goes into a variety of well-seasoned oak casks.