In the scheme of European family owned alcohol producers, 3 generations is practically a brand new business. The Drouin family has only been at it for 56 years, but have already formed a strong family dynasty with the 3rd generation already involved in the family’s orchards and distillery.
In 1960, the first Christian Drouin decided to pursue his dream of owning a farm and bought property in the Pays d’Auge region of Normandy and formed Calvados Christian Drouin. Giving up his career in business, he decided he’d take use the apples from his newly purchased orchards and make them into a fine Calvados (apple brandy).
Today, the 2nd and 3rd Generation are making world recognized and award-winning Calvados, cidres, and poires. This is their Cidre Pays d’Auge.
Appearance: Bright gold, hazier towards the bottom of the bottle as the yeast mixes in a bit.
Aroma: Earthy, musty, apple, spice, fruity, minerally
Taste: Medium tannins with mild to medium acidity.
Overall Impression: Cidre Pays d’Auge is very balanced with a nice mix of both fruity and earthy notes. The balance and nice complexity make this a very enjoyable and drinkable French Cider and certainly one worth checking out.
CO2 Levels: Medium Sparkle
Geography: Pays d’Auge, Normandy
Apples: 70% Bitter, 20% “soft” or sweeter, 10% Sharps
Availability: Nationally where ciders from B. United International are sold.