Pommeau de Normandie is a produced by blending young Calvados (Apple brandy) with the must of fresh apples to a strength of 17%. This blend is then wood aged for a minimum of three years, though this Le Pere Jules bottling has seen more than five years in oak. This process is not dissimilar to that of Pineau des Charentes. Served slightly chilled as an aperitif, or with cheeses.
Producer and proprietor-harvester of apple cider, Calvados, Pommeau de Normandie and pear cider since 1919, on 45 hectares planted with about sixty varieties in a traditional orchard of standard trees, with pays d'Auge Appellation d'Origine Controlee status. AOC. The ciders are 100% pure juice like all French ciders or Perry must be by law and no addition of anything but sulphite under strict conditions is permitted. This is very important to bear in mind when in most countries of the world ciders can have up to 45 % water added , with sugar, aromatics synthetic or natural, sugar, alcohol, preservatives etc. Absolute authenticity and tradition guarantees that beside the strict French cider regulation, Le Pere Jules, do not pasteurize, nor add sulphites to their ciders , meaning their quality is unmatched, but they are unpredictable, subject sometimes to secondary explosive fermentation, making champagne to look tame in comparison.