The three Calvados Appellations

Calvados Pays d'Auge, Calvados, Calvados Domfrontais


Three appellation areas have been drawn by the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO).

All operations involved in making the eaux-de-vie have to be carried out within each of these geographical areas: apple and pear harvest, the manufacture, the distillation of the ciders and ageing of the brandies.

In each area, the identified orchards comprise at least 70% of bitter or bitter-sweet varieties.

 A procedure of controls accompanies the various stages of the manufacturing.


Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée "Calvados Pays d'Auge"

It is produced in the geographical area of the Pays d'Auge on slopes of shallow clayey-calcareous soil (in the Calvados département but also including a few borderland communes in the Orne and Eure).

Ciders for distilling contain no more than 30 % of perry pears.
The alembic pot-still is compulsory for Calvados Pays d'Auge and involves double distillation.
It aged for at least two years in oak casks before being marketed.


Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée "Calvados"

Its area covers a large section of Lower Normandy, a smallest one in Upper Normandy and a few borderland communes in the Mayenne, Sarthe and Oise.

AOC Calvados follows no compulsory distillation method but is mostly produced with a column still (single distillation).
It aged for at least two years in oak casks before being marketed.

Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée "Calvados Domfrontais"


The apples and pears used are grown on the wetter granite soils of the Domfront area which includes communes mostly in the Orne but also a few in the Manche and Mayenne.

The identified orchards are planted with at least 25% perry trees.
At least 30% perry pears are added to the ciders for distilling
This Calvados is obtained by single distillation (column still).
It aged for at least three years in oak casks before being marketed.



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Interprofession Des Appellations Cidricoles, Producteurs de Calvados, Calvados Pays d’Auge, Calvados Domfrontais, Pommeau de Normandie, Pommeau de Bretagne, Pommeau du Maine, Cidre Pays d’Auge, Cidre Cornouaille, Poiré Domfront.