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Lecompte, Calvados, Pays d'Auge, 12-year-old (42%)

Lecompte, Calvados, Pays d'Auge, 12-year-old (42%)

Lecompte | Code: 5668 | 42.0 % alcohol

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OTHER - Lecompte  Calvados 12 years old shows deep dark amber color. Bold aromas of roasted nuts, crushed apples, cocoa, and clay. A rich, round entry leads to a dryish medium-full body of butter praline, baked apple tart, buckwheat honey, cigar box, peppery spice, and minerals. Finishes with a long dried apple skin, anise, tobacco and olive fade. A spectacularly complex and balanced Calvados to contemplate and savour.
96/100 points - Superlative ranking - Winner of the International Review of Spirits Award: Platinum Medal
(Beverage Testing Institute - tastings.com - 26 Mar 08)

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The history of Maison Lecompte begins in 1923, when a local wine and spirit merchant decided to sell the rest of his company but hold onto his collection of vintage Calvados. He then devoted himself entirely to the aging, blending and promotion of Calvados. Maison Lecompte was born.

There, in the peaceful cellars of his farm at Notre Dame de Courson, he laid down these casks of precious Calvados to continue their slow alchemical evolution in peace. And there they stayed for decades, entirely forgotten. Eighty-five years later the owners of Maison Lecompte asked Richard Prével, a third-generation Cellar Master, to create the most extraordinary, the most perfect and the most complete Calvados ever made. The Cellar Master spent five years blending, researching, composing countless combinations of Lecompte’s precious eaux-de-vie in a tireless quest for perfection. As he searched the cellars for the rarest vintages to be used in this special blend, he came across several barrels which had been forgotten since 1923 – the barrels with which Maison Lecompte was founded.

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