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The official recognition of Normandy cider appellations took place from 1942 onwards :
1942 : A decree brought in following liberation, introduced
|The Calvados d'appellation contrôlée (controlled origin Calvados varieties), which had to be derived from the distillation of a cider produced from apples from the orchards of the Pays d'Auge using an still. |
The Calvados d'appellation d'origine réglementée (regulated controlled origin Calvados varieties), for the orchards of other regions of Normandy, including Domfront and its area, the Orne valley and the Risle and Bray areas, etc.
The Eaux de vie de cidre réglementée (regulated controlled origin cider brandies).
1997 : An appellation for the Domfront Calvados
This special Calvados, produced in the Canton of Domfront in the Bocage Ornais is unique in that it comprises at least 30% perry pears.
Unlike certain spirits for which the origin of the raw material is determined by its price, brandy bearing the Appellation Calvados Pays d'Auge Contrôlée label is produced only from apples grown in the Pays d'Auge and nowhere else. This is one of the conditions for its authorisation. This also contributes significantly to its excellence, since the reputation for quality enjoyed by Auge apples is second to none and the small size of the coverage area is constantly checked, enhancing the rarity factor.
In addition to this, the production of cider and the double distillation must be carried out within the geographical boundaries of the Auge region in order to be covered by the appellation d'origine contrôlée or "AOC".
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