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Comte Louis
de Lauriston


Comte Louis de Lauriston

Our products

Calvados, Calvados Domfrontais, Pommeau de Normandie


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


Gustin Ratron
Tél. : +33 (0)2 33 38 53 96
Fax. : +33 2 33 37 99 97

Languages spoken

French — English 


Shop sales
Groups by appointment

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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