Lauriston Pommeau de Normandie Christian Drouin 17% 700ml:
Pommeau is obtained by blending Calvados with cider-apple juice. The cider-apple juice (the must) is mixed before fermentation with Calvados in the proportion 3/4 must to 1/4 Calvados of 65°. The essential mellowness is the result of ageing in oak casks.
This aperitif full of flavor has a strength of 16° to 18°.
It should be served chilled in a tulip glass.
It is perfect in a scooped-out melon, with foie gras or with an apple dessert ; much appreciated for the confection of cocktails, it also works wonders in the kitchen as an ingredient in sauces and creams.
“The Pommeau de Normandie “Coeur de Lion” is exuberantly fruity, slips down the throat far too easily given its 17% alcohol content, and once in the mouth, its freshness as well as its aroma of baked apples and buttery brown sugar are quite fascinating”.
The Domfront region has always been the cradle of agriculture on a family scale, marked by small farms separated by sunken lanes and impenetrable hedges. With its mixed woodland and pastures on a hilly terrain, the Domfront region has always lent itself to clandestine activities; Calvados has often been hurriedly distilled here on stormy winter nights when no officials were likely to venture abroad to check on the legality of the operation - until one famous night of 1962 when a group of zealous excise-men burst in on the bootleggers and caught them red-handed.
Within an hour dozens of neighboring farmers had arrived, mysteriously alerted to the fact that one of their number was in trouble. Outnumbered, the excise officials were forced to line up against a stable wall in the glare of the headlights of tractors and cars drawn up in a semi-circle around them. Fearing that the situation might deteriorate, some of those present sent for Count Louis de LAURISTON, then Secretary General of the local farmers´ federation, to ask for his help in finding a way out of the deadlock. After endless negotiations it was agreed that the fine imposed on the distillers would be suspended, on condition that a cellar was set up to store and market Calvados produced in full accordance with the law. Count Louis de LAURISTON undertook to carry the project through. Founder and first President of the CHAIS DU VERGER NORMAND, Louis de LAURISTON very soon handed over control to his Vice-President, Maurice CHEVRET, so as to devote himself to other tasks.
Since 1962, Calvados distilled at home by farmers, using traditional local methods, has been delivered to the cellars in Domfront, the "CHAIS DU VERGER NORMAND", and marketed under the "Count Louis de LAURISTON" brand name. It adds regularly to the stock of ageing Calvados whose quality has been acknowledged by the award of 200 medals and certificates of merit.
In 1992 the Chais du Verger Normand joined forces with CHRISTIAN DROUIN S.A. for the production and sale of their Calvados, poirés, ciders and pommeau. In the framework of this agreement, Louis de Lauriston transferred the "Comte Louis de Lauriston” brand to CRISTIAN DROUIN, imposing just one condition: the quality of the Calvados should remain unimpeachable.
In 2008 Guillaume Drouin succeeded Maurice Chevret as Chairman of the cellars.
Robert M. Parker gave Pommeau de Normandie "Coeur de Lion" a 92/Very Highly
Médaille d'Argent, Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2014
Médaille d'Argent, Challenge to the Best French Wine & Spirits Competition Hong Kong 2014
Médaille d'Argent, Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2012
Médaille d'Argent, Challenge to the Best French Wine & Spirits Competition Hong Kong 2012