Maker: Père Magloire, Pont L’Eveque, Calvados, Normandy, France.
Region: Calvados AOC, France.
Age category: Fine/VS (at least 2 y/o)
Michigan State Minimum: $35
Appearance: Bright copper.
Nose: Varnish, apples.
Palate: Medium bodied. Celery, some dry apple flavor.
Finish: Dry and clean. A pinch of celery leaf.
Parting words: I’ve been exploring French apple brandies for a year or two and I figured it was about time I got around to trying something from Père Magloire, France’s (and the world’s?) best selling Calvados. I was not impressed.
This is an inoffensive but dull brandy. Light apple and celery (typical of young French or French-style apple brandies) are the only flavors detectable. Not a trace of wood, caramel, vanilla or anything else. It mixes well enough, but at $35 a bottle, you’re better off getting Laird’s Applejack or 7 1/2 y/o apple brandy if you’re looking for a light apple flavor for mixing. If you’re looking for a sipper, upgrade to the VSOP (if you can find it, it’s no longer on the Michigan list).
Père Magloire Fine VS is not recommended.