Reading a label
Also called Trois étoiles, Trois Pommes or VS (Very Special), this apple brandy is aged for a minimum of two years in oak barrels.
Aged at least three years in oak barrels, you will also find it labelled Calvados Réserve.
Notes od Cider
VVSOP means Very Special Old Pale, otherwise known as Vieille réserve or VO (Very Old), this Calvados is aged for at least four years in oak barrels, which is why its colour evolves towards more sustained tones.
Calvados Hors d'Age
This Calvados, also called XO (Extra Old), is aged for a minimum of six years in oak barrels.
Dried fruit : prunes, raisins, nuts
Apple pie, Caramel, Liquorice, Chocolat
The Vintage is a reference year (example: 1988) indicating that the brandies used in the Calvados come from a single harvest year and a single distillation, the year of which is specified on the label. Usually, you will find the year of bottling on the label because a bottled Calvados no longer ages, unlike wine.
The world of calvados thus offers a wide range of age categories. Depending on the maturation of your apple brandy, you can enjoy it in many ways. Let us guide you.