Review of Lefevre Winter Cidre. It is my first time trying this cider, but I have had Lefevre’s Cidre Brut, and many other French cidres.
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Cider: Winter Cidre
Cidery Location: Berville, France
How Supplied: 330ml bottles
Style: French cidre, from cider apples, demi-sec, with cinnamon, orange, & raspberries
Availability: In Washington, through Beauchamp Imports, plus online at their French Cider Inc. website. In addition to Winter Cidre, they also offer Lefevre’s Demi-Sec and Brut.
Cider Description: This delectable cidre is perfect for long winter evenings. Appreciate the apple flavor, subtly infused with cinnamon, orange, and raspberries, and enjoy the light effervescence. This original recipe is created by taking the pure apple juice of Lefevre Demi-Sec cidre and icing it at minus-18 degrees Celsius for five days in stainless steel tanks. The resulting rich apple flavor provides a structure for the infusion of cinnamon, orange, and raspberries, resulting in this very flavorful beverage.
See here for more information on the cider.
Cidery Description: The family-owned Lefevre cidery has crafted cidre for over 200 years on their farm in Berville, on the border of the Val d’Oise and Picardy regions in Northwest France, where the countryside is covered with apple trees instead of apple vines.
See here for more information on the cidery.
Price: n/a (retails for $6.49)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: the importer Joan Harkins contacted me (we met at Cider Summit Seattle 2017)
First Impression: Medium orange amber hue. Moderate carbonation with foam. Smells of apple and raspberry syrup.
Tasting Notes: Semi-sweet. Medium bodied. Low tartness. Low to moderate acidity. Low bitterness. Low tannins. No sourness or funk. Notes of rich apple pomace, yeast, raspberry syrup, orange, wood, and a hint of spice. Moderate length finish. Moderate apple flavor, flavor intensity, and complexity. High sessionability.
My Opinion: I enjoyed it. It was definitely my first time trying a flavored French cider. In fact, I know of very few ciders in Europe which are flavored (the only other one I could remember trying was Ramborn’s Hopped Cider, from Luxembourg). In the U.S. we get so many flavored ciders as often dessert apples are used, which lack the flavor of the cider apples which are used in Europe.
Most Similar to: Nothing I’ve had! It had the distinctive French cidre flavor, except with added flavor.
Closing Notes: I see this as a likely widely-appealing cidre. I bet its an easier sell than many other French cidres as it is fairly sweet, sold in individual small bottles (lower cost), and is flavored (which is something us Americans are used to).
Have you tried Lefevre cidre? What did you think?