Domaine Pacory 15 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" Domfrontais Calvados (750ml) SKU #1280117

$79.99

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Tasting Notes

This will be one of the most crowd pleasing spirits we've ever brought in from France: a fifteen-year-old single barrel exclusive of 100% pear-distilled Calvados from our newest small producer Domaine Pacory. In the Domfrontais region of Normandy, the brandies are generally at least 60% pear. We figured there must be a few people distilling from nothing but pears, so we asked Frédéric if that was the case. He said somewhere in his small shed of casks were indeed a few pear-only distillates. Located on the ferme des Grimaux, the Pacory property has been in the family since 1939, but it wasn't until 1959 that Frédéric's father Claude decided to try and perfect the art of Calvados distillation. The torch was passed to Frédéric in 1986 and he's been carrying the tradition forward ever since. Pacory's orchards are 100% hautes tiges, meaning the trees are higher and older in age (as opposed to bas-tiges orchards that look more like grape vineyards with their tiny trees in vertical rows). The result is a more concentrated fruit that takes longer to grow, but it's worth it. This 15-year-old is a sure-fire winner for any lover of fruit spirits. It's equal parts fruit and oak, neither outshining the efforts of the other. The pear flavor also comes to the forefront right off the bat; ripe juicy pears that meld seamlessly with the richness of the wood. You shouldn't be asking us whether you should buy one at this point; you'll be asking us if we can get more once you taste it.

Staff Reviews

  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    7/23/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Oh yes, big time! One HUNDRED percent pear Calvados, single cask, from the best region there is. Versatility is the word here, use it as any brandy base in cocktails or pour yourself a glass after a big meal.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    6/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    An incredible fruit brandy from 100% pears and aged 15 years in oak. It's amazing to think that after that much time the oak doesn't overpower the pears, but indeed rings in as the perfect complement. Everything here is in balance and the combination of preserved and fresh ripe pear is something special. Fruit brandy lovers rejoice!
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    6/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a super fresh, clean Calvados with a LONG finish. This is pure, unadulterated fruit, made the right way, not necessarily the most profitable way. What a great intro to this producer and I look forward to having more from them.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    6/12/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Seriously delicious Calvados, the Pacory combines intense butterscotch on the nose with wonderful fruit and some captivating, pungent, long barrel aged volatile notes as well. The flavors are so powerful, and my notes - likely for lack of the appropriate descriptors - simply read, "long, long, long!" Great stuff.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    11/4/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow! A 100% pear Calvados that offers fruit brandy lovers a real treat. In the nose that are nice seductive pear aromas. In the mouth it is expressive and delicious with dry fresh pear and baked pear flavors that add layered complexity to this exceptional Calvados . It is unusual, very good and fantastic.

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