marquesDistillerie La Monnerie
Calvados, Cider, Pommeau de Normandie
09:00 to 19:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
French - English
The moment you enter our cellars, the odour interrogates you: should you stay quiet and just taste, or speak up and share? Come and partake in an authentic experience in which you will learn all about the production of AOC Calvados in our cellars that are home to 100-year-old casks.
The history of Maison Legay, that sits tucked away in the heart of the Orne Bocage in Normandy, is the story of a family who has been distilling since 1920. Distillerie La Monnerie is specialised in the production of old Calvados, cider and Pommeau. The distillery welcomes visitors to its cellars in Cerisy-Belle-Etoile, at the foot of the Mont de Cerisy, in the Suisse Normand area of Normandy where it has been located for three generations. We very much value our environment and our terroir of hedgerows, meadows and orchards.
Our grandfather, Constant, was the person who started it all. Born in 1891, Constant had a strong personality and a great appetite for life. A man with an inquiring mind and very much ahead of his time, he decided to acquire some land on which to plant an orchard of apple trees and to start dairy farming. Our father, Rémy, took over from him in 1960, along with his wife Suzanne, who would ensure a smooth handover to their son.
Didier Legay, Constant’s grandson, helped by his wife Isabelle, farms the land in Cerisy-Belle-Etoile and continues the tradition of Calvados production using the same still, which is over 100 years old and a witness to the lives of our forefathers.
Today, our orchards extend over 13 hectares, on acidic silty soil, and we have two types: traditional high stem trees (under which the cows graze peacefully) and low stem trees where the grass is regularly mown.
We still practice mixed agriculture with dairy production. As our two sons are now working with us on the farm, the fourth generation is already lined up to take over.
How lucky we are to be working as a family and to hand down this shared love of the land, from father to son. Each generation has been able to transmit this family passion and heritage which is reflected in the style and taste of our Calvados. Each has its own personality, complexity and temperament.
Our Calvados is aged in French oak barrels, creating a constant exchange between the eau-de-vie, the wood and the air, and thus developing wonderfully delicate and rich woody aromas in the Calvados.
We have a large selection of Calvados in our cellar, from the fruitiest to the oakiest.
Come along and explore our world, where our family has been developing its savoir-faire and ensuring the quality of its products since 1920.
The tour is always conducted by one of the estate's managers to ensure you hear from someone with real knowledge about our production processes.