Le Pere Jules is primarily a producer of Calvados. However, its orchards, located in the heart of the Paye d’Auge in Normandie, also produce the apples for this beautifully rendered cider. This is the second cider product from Le Pere Jules reviewed by The Cider Journal and we find that we are equally transfixed with this one as we were with the Poire de Normandie that we earlier reviewed. This is, happily, among the easier to find French ciders in the U.S. If you can’t find it at one of your better local bottle shops, seek it out on the Internet. It is well worth the price.
This cidre from one of France best known cider producers opens with a modest head that moves aside to reveal a beautiful, rich golden color with the most lovely hint of orange. The nose possesses driving ripe apple aroma, notes of lemony goodness, and an intoxicating hint of roasted nuts. But it’s the palate that really sings. This cider delivers a medium body and a near perfect balanced of acid, sugar and tannin. The tannins are memorable a good minute after the first sip, but produce salivating, not puckering. I love the ripe, slightly sweet apple flavors in this cider. They are pure and piercing and delicate. Secondarily the citrus flavors support and lift up the ripe apple flavors. Finally, the finish is long and lasting. Use this cider at dinner, as a substitute for fine champagne or sparkling wine, or instead of water. Beautiful cider.