Calvados Michel Huard-Guillouet

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The Huard family has lived on the Le Pertyer property in the “Suisee-Normand” (AOC Calvados) for five generations. Nearly 1,800 trees on standard rootstock grace the 15-hectare property. The soil is loamy, composed of an ideal combination of silt and clay and about 30 varieties of apples are grown on the property, predominantly from the sweet and bittersweet categories. Jean-Francois Guillouet, who took over for his retired grandfather, Michel, ferments and ages his cider for about eight months before it is single-distilled in a traveling column still. The spirits then go into large, elongated barrels stained black by time, or well-seasoned, 400-liter barrels ideal for developing complex flavor.