Review of Clos des Ducs, a French cider. It is my first time trying this one, although I’m a fan of French cider.
Cider: Premium Hard Cider
Cidery: Clos des Ducs
Cidery Location: Brittany, France
How Supplied: 750ml corked & caged bottles (and 330ml bottles)
Style: commercial French cidre
Availability: wide release
Description: A traditional farmstead product, made with a blend of sweet, tart, dry, and bitter apples.
Where Bought: The Cave in Kirkland WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. I’ve seen it before but never tried it for whatever reason.
First Impression: Medium orange amber. Low carbonation and foam. Smells of sweet concentrated apple juice.
Tasting Notes: Sweet. Medium to full bodied. Low tartness. Low acidity. No bitterness, funk, or sourness. Hints of tannins. Notes of primarily apple juice concentrate (concentrated overly “appley” flavor), with hints of orange & honey. Quick finish length. Very high apple flavor. High sessionability. Moderate flavor intensity. Very low complexity.
My Opinion: I wasn’t too impressed with this one. However, if you like a very sweet, apple juice forward, and easy to drink cider, you may enjoy it. They also offer a pear variety.
Most Similar to: Other French ciders, although this is sweeter than any other one I’ve had, less carbonated, less yeast-forward, and more commercial tasting (less complex). This one doesn’t have as many of the characteristics I’ve come to associate with French cidre. For an easy drinking French cidre, I think I’ll stick with Celt and Dan Armor.
Closing Notes: I should have read the Nutrition Facts on this one before purchase, as 16g of sugar per 8oz is well over what I prefer.
Have you tried Clos des Ducs? What did you think?