Cidrerie du Vulcain Transparente

Review of Cidrerie du Vulcain’s Transparente, from Switzerland.  Its my first time trying their cider.


Cider:  Transparente (2014)
Cidery:  Cidrerie du Vulcain
Cidery Location:  Le Mouret, Switzerland
ABV:  7.1%
How Supplied:  750ml corked & caged bottles
Style:  Swiss semi-dry sparkling cider from native heirloom apples, wild yeast fermented, made using traditional methods

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Availability:  unknown

Cider Description:  Tart apples, peeled and sliced, just starting to brown, waiting to be arranged in a pie crust. With air: cinnamon —the pie is baking. The iron that you’d expect on Cidre de Fer. Floral. Slight animal. Near dry rather than off-dry. Heirloom fruit flavors. The acidity is savory like that of a bright rosé. Salt. A perfectly balanced trinity of salt, acidity, and delicate fruit, delivered with such lightness of texture —that Alpine feeling: not diluted but elusive and aerial, and incredibly refreshing.

Apple Varieties:  Transparente de Croncels, Reinette de Champagne, Pomme Raisin, and Rose de Berne

Cidery Description:  The cidery was started in 2006 by Jacques Perritaz; here is a great writeup.

Price:  $19
Where Bought:  Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing.  Its the first time I’ve seen cider from this cidery or Switzerland.

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First Impression:  Dark straw yellow hue.  Smells funky, yeast-forward and apple-forward.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-sweet to semi-dry.  Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, with a smooth frothy texture.  Mild tartness.  Moderate acidity.  Mild funk.  Hints of sourness, bitterness, and tannins.  Notes of apple pomace, yeast, honey, green apple, and grapefruit.  Moderate length finish.  High apple flavor.  Moderate sessionability.  Moderate flavor intensity.  Moderate complexity.

My Opinion:  Awesome!  I was a bit put off by the funky scent, but it wasn’t as apparent in the flavor as it was in the scent.  Great apple-forward flavor without tasting like alcoholic apple juice.

Most Similar to:  A combination of typical ciders from Normandy and Brittany France.

Closing Notes:   Fun fact – the cidery’s name is from the local Vulcan butterfly that feeds on the juice of fallen apples.  Too bad I haven’t seen any of their other ciders locally.  This was the first time I saw this one, so hopefully more will make it here soon.

Have you tried any ciders from Cidrerie du Vulcain?  What did you think?