Pere Francois VS Calvados is a product of distilled cider aged in Limousin oak. Its ingredients come from the finest districts, the Pays d’Auge.This VS product shows expert distillation and blending with extra ageing.
Apple orchards and brewers are mentioned as far back as the 8th century by Charlemagne. The first known Norman distillation was carried out by ʺLordʺ de Gouberville in 1554, and the guild for cider distillation was created about 50 years later in 1606. In the 17th century the traditional ciderfarms expanded but taxation and prohibition of cider brandies were enforced elsewhere than Brittany, Maine and Normandy. The area calledʺCalvadosʺwas created after the French Revolution, but ʺeau de vie de cidreʺ was already called ʺcalvadosʺ in common usage. In the 19th century output increased with industrial distillation and the working class fashion forʺCafé-calvaʺ. When a phylloxera outbreak in the last quarter of the 19th century devastated the vineyards of France and Europe, calvados experienced a ʺgolden ageʺ. During World War 1 cider brandy was requisitioned for use in armaments due to its alcohol content. The appellation contrôlée regulations officially gave calvados a protected name in 1942. After the war many cider-houses and distilleries were reconstructed, mainly in the Pays d’Auge. Many of the traditional farmhouse structures were replaced by modern agriculture with high output. The Calvados appellation system was revised in 1984 and 1996.