Calvados is distilled with cider and perry, it is produced only in Normandy. The AOC Calvados was born in 1942 and guardian of a unique and qualitative character. Moreover this AOC derives three appellations according to the soils and method of manufacture of Calvados. "Pays d'Auge" for eaux-de-vie distilled in stills made from cider only; "Domfrontais" for those distilled in stills with a minimum of 30% perry; and "Blanche de Normandie" for non-aged eaux-de-vie. For each, apple orchards consist of at least 20% local varieties, about 70% bitter or sweet bitter varieties, and up to 15% acid varieties.

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