Lelouvier’s Vintage Calvados From 1964, 1980 and 1990. The Ultimate Digestif. Gold Medals All The Way Around.

There is no better way to end a nice dinner than with a glass of aged Calvados.


Gold Medal / Best in Class – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010
Prix d’Excellence – Vinalies 2010

Bottle Price : $249.00

Case Price : $249.00

Winery : Lelouvier

Wine Region : France (France), Normandy (France)

Bottle Per Case : 1 x 700 ml

Aged in old calvados and cognac casks. Dark amber colour. Round nose with orange, ripe peach and quince hints and grilled aromas in the background. Full, rich long-tasting mouth.

Calvados, pictured above, is a quaint little town in Normandy. This town is best known for its production of Apple Brandy, named after the town.

Often, in Ontario, if you have a hankering for a specialty liquor, you might have a harder time finding it than most of us would think is ideal. For me, there is no better way to end a grandiose meal than with a glass of really nice Calvados. One of the many nice things about Calvados, is that it never seems to get past its prime. The longer it ages, the better it tastes. We have bottles going back to 1964, which i have to say, is absolutely splendid, but it will only get better with more age.


Apple orchards and brewers are mentioned as far back as the 8th century by Charlemagne. The first known Norman distillation was carried out by Gilles Picot, Lord de Gouberville, in 1553, and the guild for cider distillation was created about 50 years later in 1606. In the 17th century, the traditional cider farms expanded, but taxation and prohibition of cider brandies were enforced elsewhere than Brittany, Maine, and Normandy. The area called “Calvados” was created after the French Revolution, but eau de vie de cidre was already called calvados in common usage. In the 19th century, output increased with industrial distillation and the working class fashion for café-calva. When a phylloxera outbreak in the last quarter of the 19th century devastated the vineyards of France and Europe, calvados experienced a “golden age”. During World War I, cider brandy was requisitioned for use in armaments due to its alcohol content.[1] The appellation contrôlée regulations officially gave calvados a protected name in 1942.

If you have not discovered how great Calvados can be, this is your chance. I have never seen Calvados with any age on it here in Ontario. If you are looking for the ultimate digestif to enjoy and share with your friends and family, look no further……

Ok, we know that there are some of you that just want to drink Cognac. We recently got access to a few bottles of Tesseron’s LOT 29. This is largely considered to be one of the best bottles of Cognac ever produced. 100 points from Parker helps to prove up this point. It’s not cheap, but it sure is good. Click here to view the LOT 29, and click here to view all available Cognac.

Both the Calvados and Cognac are pre arrival, but believe me, there is no rush to drink these other than the fact that they taste sooooo good. Why not be the guy or gal with the best stocked liquor cabinet in the city?

One last note here. If you are one of the ones that has trouble receiving your deliveries, we hope to have solved this with the integration of Penguin Pick Up. This service allows you to order, and have your purchase delivered to any of the 100’s Penguin Pick Up location in Ontario. This option is now available at check out.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Gold Medal – Concours Agricole de Paris 2015

Bottle Price : $349.00

Case Price : $349.00

Winery : Lelouvier

Wine Region : France (France), Normandy (France)

Bottle Per Case : 1 x 700 ml


Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014
Gold Medal – Gilbert & Gaillard 2015

Bottle Price : $499.00

Case Price : $499.00

Winery : Lelouvier

Wine Region : France (France), Normandy (France)

Bottle Per Case : 1 x 700 ml

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