Review of Ferme de Beau Soleil’s Cidre Fermier Bio Brut, a French “Farmer’s Cider”. It is my first time trying anything from this cidery, although I am a fan of French cidre (see some of my reviews here).
Cider: Cidre Fermier Bio Brut
Cidery: Ferme de Beau Soleil
Cidery Location: Matignon, Brittany, France
How Supplied: 750ml champagne corked & caged bottles
Style: Breton French cidre
Availability: likely limited, imported by “Wines of France”
Cider Description: Google translated as To offer you this raw cider, I have selected and assembled the best varieties of apples live from my orchards. Since a slow fermentation and craftsmanship, its characteristic fruity taste will seduce you with an aperitif, until dessert.
Cidery Description: The Renouard family has been making cider since 1975, and were certified organic in 2008. The current cidermaker is Thomas Renouard (one source said its a one-man operation-wow).
Where Bought: Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: browsing, the first time I had been in since their long closure for remodel
First Impression: Light orange amber hue. Low carbonation. Smells of bittersweet cider apples and yeast.
Tasting Notes: On the drier side of semi-sweet. Light to medium bodied. Moderate tartness. Low acidity, tannins, and funk. Hints of bitterness. No sourness. Notes of bittersweet cider apples & pomace, caramel, yeast, earth, leather, and orange. Moderate length finish. Moderate apple flavor and flavor intensity. Moderate to high complexity and sessionability.
My Opinion: Excellent! This cider had some nice stages, from tart to flavorful & funky to tannic. I really liked everything about it – flavor profile, complexity, tannins, funk, etc. It was edging towards rustic, yet without any sourness (which is my least liked quality). However, it didn’t quite have as much of that fluffy texture (body) I love with French cidres (which I assume is from the keeving process), I’m guessing as it wasn’t as carbonated as many selections.
Most Similar to: Pierre Huet AOC Pays D’Auge Cidre, Manoir de Grandouet AOP Pays d’Auge Cidre, Manoir de Grandouet Cidre Fermier Brut, L’Hermitiére Cidre Brut, and Christian Drouin Pays d’Auge
Closing Notes: I liked how this combined my favorite elements of both Brittany and Normandy ciders – sweeter, apple-forward, funky, but not sour. It also hits a nice price point, about average of what I’ve seen.
Have you tried French cidre? What did you think?