Comte Louis
de Lauriston

marques

Comte Louis de Lauriston

Our products

Calvados, Calvados Domfrontais, Pommeau de Normandie

adress

Rue du Mont Saint Michel
61700 Domfront

Opening hours

All year round from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00.
Satur­day from 9:30 to 12:00

Contact

Gustin Ratron
Tél. : +33 (0)2 33 38 53 96
Fax. : +33 2 33 37 99 97
g.ratron@calvados-lauriston.com
www.calvados-lauriston.com


Languages spoken

French – English 

Created to put a stop to illegal Calvados production in the Domfrontais region, the Calvados Comte Louis de Lauriston cellars now house the forgotten treasures from the time of illicit distilling, along with a unique range of vintages from several decades which are exported to over 20 countries.

The Dom­fron­tais region has always been the home of family far­ming with nume­rous small farms sepa­ra­ted by rutted tracks and bor­de­red by impe­ne­trable hedges. The Normandy Bocage with its rugged ter­rain proved to be the ideal ter­rain for boot­leg­gers. Here, Calvados was has­ti­ly pro­du­ced on windy winter nights, when no-one would be out to check the lega­li­ty of the dis­til­la­tion. And then one night, in 1962, govern­ment offi­cials burst in on the boot­leg­gers hard at work. Within an hour, the neigh­bou­ring far­mers, who had some­how got wind that one of their own was in danger, star­ted sho­wing up. Overw­hel­med by the crowd, the offi­cials were forced to line up against the walls of a stable in the glare of the head­lights of the trac­tors and cars arran­ged in a semi-circle around them. Seeing that things were taking a turn for the worse, Count Louis de Lau­ris­ton, the then Secre­ta­ry Gene­ral of the Far­mers’ Fede­ra­tion, was aler­ted and he arri­ved on the scene to find a way out of the situa­tion. After long nego­tia­tions, it was agreed that the fine impo­sed on the boot­leg­gers would be can­cel­led on the condi­tion that a cellar was crea­ted and sup­plied with Calvados that com­plied with all the cus­to­ma­ry obli­ga­tions. Count Louis de Lau­ris­ton agreed to be res­pon­sible for this project.

In 1962, Count Louis de Lau­ris­ton crea­ted the Chais du Verger Nor­mand in Dom­front to handle the dis­tri­bu­tion of the Calvados pro­du­ced by the Dom­fron­tais farmers.

In 1992, the Chais du Verger Nor­mand joined forces with Chris­tian Drouin S.A. for the pro­duc­tion and mar­ke­ting of their Calvados, per­ries, ciders and pom­meau. As part of this agree­ment, Louis de Lau­ris­ton gran­ted Chris­tian Drouin rights to the “Comte Louis de Lau­ris­ton” brand on the condi­tion that the qua­li­ty of the Calvados remain abso­lu­te­ly flawless !

In 2008, Guillaume Drouin took over from Mau­rice Che­vret as Pre­sident of the cellars.

Loca­ted in Dom­front in the Orne, the cel­lars offer 25-minute tours that are free for indi­vi­dual visi­tors but with a charge for groups of over 20 visi­tors. During the tour, visi­tors learn all about Calvados pro­duc­tion and blen­ding, the vin­tages (a house spe­cia­li­ty), as well as Pom­meau, per­ries and apple ciders.

At the end of the tour, which includes a tas­ting of many of the Louis de Lau­ris­ton pro­ducts, visi­tors can pur­chase and take home a selec­tion of the cellar’s finely-craf­ted pro­ducts avai­lable in its shop.

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