Review of Domaine du Verger’s Rosé Cidre Bouche, a French cider made with some red-fleshed apples to give it a rosé hue. It is my first time trying this cider and anything from this cidery.
Cider: Rosé Cidre Bouche
Cidery: Domaine du Verger
Cidery Location: Brittany France
How Supplied: 750ml corked & caged champagne bottles
Style: French rosé doux/sweet cidre from French cider apples, including red-fleshed varieties
Availability: semi wide release
Cider Description: 100% apple juice from 90% bittersweet apples and 10% bitter apples. The pink coloration is natural from the adjunction of a specific variety of apple with red flesh named : Baya Marisa. To make a cider “doux /sweet” the alcoholic fermentation is shorten to about 5 weeks leaving higher natural residual sugar and resulting of a lower alcohol content. It is then followed by a filtration and an adjunction of Co2 for carbonation.
The bittersweet apple varieties are from Brittany France and the bitter apple varieties are from Normandy France.
Cidery Description: Since 1983 the Val de Rance cooperative has brought together the cider-making experience of 300 passionate local growers from Brittany. After recent investments, the cooperative has expanded and modernised its equipment. Today, Val de Rance represents over a 1,000 acres of orchards, producing ten to fifteen thousand tons of apples each year.
The cider from Domaine du Verger is produced from 100% apple juice. All the apples are harvested 90% from Brittany (bitter-sweet) region and 10% from Normandy (bitter). After being cleaned, the apples are gently crushed; they are then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and carefully filtered with the addition of Co2 for the carbonation.
Where Bought: Schilling Cider House
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. It was the first time I had seen the brand, and the first time I had seen a rosé French cidre.
First Impression: Light rosé hue. Moderate carbonation. Smells mildly fruity.
Tasting Notes: Sweet. Medium bodied, with a fluffy frothy texture. Moderate tartness. Moderate acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. Notes of strawberry, white grape, and pomegranate. Low apple flavor. Low complexity. High sessionability. Moderate flavor intensity.
My Opinion: I liked the flavor, and loved the higher carbonation and texture. However, it was sweeter, lower ABV, and more juice-like than I prefer.
Most Similar to: I’ve had several ciders from red-fleshed apples, including Alpenfire Glow, Alpenfire Cinders, and Snowdrift Red. This was quite different than any of those ciders, and quite different than any of the French ciders I’ve had. It tasted more like a cider from American dessert apples which was back sweetened with a lot of fruit juice, then highly carbonated.
Closing Notes: Rosé (grape) wine is from blush grapes. For cider, it typically refers to red-fleshed apples. Here is a nice article on rosé cider. Cidre Bouche literally means “cider with a cork”; many French ciders are named as such.
Have you tried Domaine du Verger Rosé Cidre Bouche? What did you think?