Although France is known for its vineyards and wine, the Normandy region has a climate in which apples grow and thrive. This major apple-growing area in Normandy is situated in and around Calvados, whose beaches were the main staging area for the D-Day Landing and whose landscape was a central battle zone throughout the Invasion of Normandy.
Cidre bouche (literal translation meaning “cider under cork”) and Calvados (apple brandy) are made and served at the Lebrec family estate and orchard. We were fortunate enough to make a stop here to visit and taste.
Beyond enjoying this family’s hospitality and delicious spirits, part of the home is open to the public, and on display is an array of artifacts from the battles that took place on their property during the war. Their home was also used at one point as a headquarters for a combat battalion.
Merci to la famille Lebrec!