The Cidre Fermier Brut from Manoir de Grandouet in Normandy’s Paye d’Auge region pours with a rich and tall foam, giving way to a light, cognac-colored liquid. Very beautiful in the glass. Aromatically, this Norman cider is very expressive and throws true, funky, farmyard notes out of the glass. Overripe, nearly rotten apple notes are strong here too, but not off-putting—at least to this reviewer. Structurally, the somewhat limited acid and tannin profile of this cider require one to drink it fairly cold. Once warm, the residual sugar takes over its build and delivers a cloying character. The flavors here absolutely mimic the nose. A farmyard funk and bitterness all wrapped around sweet, over-aged apple and all in a very expressive way give us this cider’s profile. This is an interesting and very expressive cider that leans heavily on the yeasty, farmyard character that often characterizes Norman farmyard ciders fermented with their own years.
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