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Interview of Mr.Jérome DUPONT – Director – Domaine Familial Louis Dupont for AsiaImportNews – Exclusive
Could you please tell us the story of your winery, when it was created and how it developed decades after decades ?
The history of the Dupont Family in the Pays d’Auge region in Normandy goes back for more than 3 centuries. The oldest known archives testify to the birth of Pierre Dupont in 1703.
In 1887, Jules Dupont arrived as tenant farmer at La Vigannerie, the old name of the present estate. In parallel with his cattle raising activity, he produced cider and calvados. Thanks to his sales of these, he was able to buy La Vigannerie in 1916.
His son, Louis Dupont, succeeded him in 1934. He continued his father’s business of cattle raising. He also produced calvados which he sold in bulk to local merchants. When he died in 1974, his wife Colette, with the support of the family courageously assumed control.
It was in 1980 that Etienne Dupont took up the reins of the family estate, thus succeeding his father, Louis. He extended the estate, concentrating its activities around cider and calvados production. The old orchards were redeveloped and ten further hectares (24 acres) of low growing apple trees were planted. He went to Cognac to immerse himself in the best techniques of double distillation. Etienne Dupont is behind the creation of the appellation contrôlée A.O.C. Pays d’Auge.
In 2002, his son Jérôme Dupont joined the family estate of which he became the director, in partnership with his sister Anne-Pamy Dupont. The modernisation of the state continues always driven by this insistence on quality and this inventiveness, which characterises the Domaine Dupont.
What sort of wines are you producing ?
THE CIDERS: All the Domaine Dupont ciders carry a vintage date.
This choice of dating the ciders allows the difference between the years to be highlighted and for their evolution over time to be followed better. Cider can be tasted just like wine and deserves the same respect and attention as wine.
Made using the traditional methods of the Pays d’Auge. The fruit forward and fresh mouth shows the flavours of apples and citrus fruits with finesse.
Made following the standards “Bio UE” with untreated apples. No sulfites added. Fresh, with hints of bitterness and honey on the mouth.
Aged six months in casks which had formerly contained calvados. This aging gives it breadth, finesse and complexity.
An unusual craftsman style cider made from a selection of bitter apples .
Made using the “traditional method” of sparkling wines. Attractively aromatic, moderately fresh, showing elegance and finesse on the mouth.
THE CALVADOS: The Domaine Dupont Calvados all have the “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée Pays d’Auge”. Made using double distillation in a Charente style alembic, they all receive aging in oak barrels, for periods varying between 2 to 40 years. They are only bottled when about to be sold.
Calvados du Pays d’Auge – The Classics:
The younger ones are lively and full of fruit. The older ones are softened by long aging in oak casks, which give them complex woody hints of vanilla. Each of them has its own personality.
Fine Reserve · Reserve · Vieille Reserve · VSOP · Hors d’Age · +12yrs · +15yrs · +20yrs · +30yrs
+45yrs · · · Vintage 1989 · 1980 · 1977 · 1969
Pomme Captive (=Captive apple):
Captive in the bottle, an attractive apple bathes sweetly in a young calvados. As attractive as it is tasty.
APPLE DELIGHTS: The gentleness of Calvados Cream, the sweetness of Givre, the power of Pommeau, delicacy of Pétillant… one thing doesn’t change: the fruit and the expression of the apple.THE CALVADOS: The Domaine Dupont Calvados all have the “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée Pays d’Auge”. Made using double distillation in a Charente style alembic, they all receive aging in oak barrels, for periods varying between 2 to 40 years. They are only bottled when about to be sold.
Domaine Dupont exclusive. This non sparkling “sweet wine” from apples, low in alcohol has unique aromatic richness and sweetness. Givre won a prize at the Innovative Food competition from Normandy.
A felicitous marriage between Calvados and freshly pressed apple juice, rich in tannins. Pommeau combines power, sweetness and gentleness.
How important are your export distribution compared to national distribution ?
Our national distribution is 40% and our export is 60%.
What sort of distributors are your customers ?
We work with craft wine, spirit and beer producers importers.
Why your wines are different from other wineries in your area ?
We consider apples just as grapes. We have more than 15 different apple varieties. Each ciders have different assemblage to offer different flavor profile. From our classic cider to our triple, you will taste ciders that have unique balance and flavor profiles.
Our calvados range is aged in 400l oak barrels and each calvados has it’s own character.
Finally we are the only Cider and Calvados Estate with a sommelier in it’s team and a master cellar with 25 year of wine production experience in the Bordeaux and Loire Valley area.
Do you produce grapes in a organic or environmental friendly method, or with general methods ?
We are in the process of turning our palle production to Organic.
Are your wines already distributed in Asia, and if not what are the countries you are looking for new distributors ?
Our cidre and calvados are available in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand. We are looking for importers in Singapore and South Korea.
Thank you Mr.Jérome DUPONT – Director – Domaine Familial Louis Dupont for your time and answers!
Domaine Familial Louis Dupont: www.calvados-dupont.com
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