Apple growers and producers of vintage Calvados for seven generations in the Orne Bocagev countryside.
The Huard family has been living in the villages of Caligny and Montilly sur Noireau, on the edge of the Suisse Normande (in the southwest of the Calvados department) for 7 generations. The setting is typical of the Orne Bocage, with its hedgerows, meadows, orchards, streams and striking schist and sandstone houses.
The Huard farm originally practised traditional mixed agriculture with livestock and plant crops.
Nowadays, even though the cider-based production, including the AOC Calvados, is the main activity, the estate has preserved a herd of free-roaming dairy cows to maintain the 18 hectares of south-facing high stem orchards and meadows.
Proud of his Calvados and convinced that it deserved a place alongside the most prestigious “digestifs”, Michel Huard, the grandfather of Jean-François Guillouet-Huard, the estate’s current owner, started selling his Calvados in Paris in the 1950s. The years have been and gone, but the philosophy of Maison Michel Huard has remained the same : to produce the highest quality eau-de-vies, allowing time to do its work and intervening as little as possible in the production process to enable the terroir to express itself to the full.
Following in his grandfather Michel Huard’s footsteps from a very young age, Jean-François Guillouet-Huard took over the family estate in 2004. Passionate about his craft and proud to have inherited his grandfather’s knowledge, he is determined to honour the work of his predecessors. Quality is still, and always will be, the cornerstone of Maison Michel Huard’s philosophy. Jean-François has recently installed a new 300 m² cellar where he will age his Calvados for many years to continue to produce the highest quality vintage Calvados for our drinking enjoyment.
Today, through hard work and a love of the craft, Michel Huard Calvados are very highly regarded and the famous Vintage Calvados are served in the most prestigious establishments in Paris and around the world.