Cider: Sidre Tendre
Cidery: Eric Bordelet
Cidery Location: Normandy, France
How Supplied: 750ml corked & caged bottles
Style: sweet sparkling French cidre from cider apples, wild yeast fermented
Availability: Semi wide release. In adition to France and the U.S.A., the website says their ciders are available in Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brasil, and South Africa.
Cider Description: Smooth fruity citrus cider with aromas of wild apples from low alcoholic autumn – 3.5% / vol. (Accompanies perfectly on desserts and pastries).
They also make a Brut (dry) version of this cider. The only difference between the two is that this sweeter version has the fermentation stopped early, while the Brut is allowed to ferment dry.
Cidery Description: The Bordelet family’s biodynamic orchards are in southern Normandy. The orchards as well as the cider making is undertaken by former Paris sommelier Eric Bordelet. All tolled, the orchard is 37 acres, seven and a half of which bear apple and pear trees 50 years old. The estate holds 20 varieties of apples and 15 varieties of pear. This is cider you are going to want to make a special effort to seek out.
Price: 50% off $17.99
Where Bought: Downtown Spirits in Seattle WA
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing, after attending a cider tasting class taught by Rev Nat. The shop had a 50% off shelf filled with all sorts of awesome ciders!
First Impression: Light orange amber hue. Low carbonation with some foam. Smells of complex sweet apple juice.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet. Medium bodied. Low tartness. Low to moderate acidity. No bitterness, sourness, or funk. Hints of tannins. Notes of overripe bittersweet cider apple, yeast, and orange. High apple flavor and sessionability. Moderate to high flavor intensity. Low to moderate complexity.
My Opinion: Awesome! Although this lovely cider is rather juice-like and lower complexity, it is far from boring. This would make a wonderful introduction to fine cider for someone who is used to drinking sweet commercial cider. It retained the apple & yeast forward qualities of French cider, but lacks any of the more difficult to appreciate qualities often found in Normandy French cider, such as sourness & funk. It is amazing that Bordelet can create such a clean cider with wild fermentation.
This would also make a nice brunch cider, due to the lower ABV, and its complex simplicity would make it food-friendly. Also, although it is rather sweet, it drank like a drier cider (I drank the entire bottle myself and it wasn’t a sugar overload).
Most Similar to: Christian Drouin Pays d’Auge and Eric Bordelet’s Nouvelle Vague Sidre, although both of those are significantly drier. Clos des Ducs is sweeter than this, but Eric Bordelet’s ciders are far superior in flavor and complexity.
Closing Notes: I hope I can find more Eric Bordelet varieties to try!
Have you tried Eric Bordelet sidre? What did you think?