Lemorton Selection Calvados Domfrontais
This new expression from beloved producer Didier Lemorton is a slightly younger blend than the rich and excellent Reserve. Based in the tiny appellation of Domfrontais, the Calvados there consists of a much higher percentage of pear, making up more than the majority for Lemorton Calvados. The aromatics on the selection explodes with wave after wave of fresh orchard fruit, still hanging on the branch, along with a beautiful balance of vanilla, cherry blossoms, and lanolin.
While many people refer to it as an apple brandy, pears are also allowed in Calvados. In the Domfrontais region the clay and limestone soils are much more suited to the strong, deep roots of pear trees. Appellation law insists that at least 30% of the cider to be distilled in the Domfrontais is made from pears. This pear influence makes not only for a lighter-colored spirit, but also one which emits a more elegant bouquet. The Lemorton family has a long history in the Domfrontais. Roger is the fifth generation and his son, Didier, now runs the domaine. Their 9-acre property is planted with both apple and pear trees; the latter’s influence is dominant; for every three apples in their Calvados, there are approximately seven pears.