The various apple and pear ciders now exported to the U.S. from France show a collection of producers who appear decidedly more comfortable with, and guided by, the notion of cider being far more akin to wine than to beer. These ciders tend to deliver the body of fine sparkling wine, the complexity of flavors that hint at terroir and vintage variation and the packaging in champagne-style bottles to sew up the argument.
Over the past two-plus months we have tasted a number of French (mainly Normandy) ciders. They have, together, delivered remarkable quality—stunning in some cases. Below is rundown of the French ciders tasted and reviewed at The Cider Journal. Click on the name of the cider for the full review.
2012 Eric Bordelet Poire Granit 5-STARS
Eric Bordelet Poire Autentique 4.5 STARS
The two Bordelet Poires reviewed here have shown remarkable quality including one of the finest ciders we have yet reviewed, the stunning 2012 Poire Granit. Given the quality being put in the bottle by this producer and given the prices ($17-$25) these bottlings represent some of the best values in the alcohol beverage category.
2012 Le Pere Jules Poire de Normandie 4.5 STARS
Le Pere Jules Cidre de Normandie 4.5 STARS
A relatively easy producer to find in the U.S. Le Pere Jules Poire and Cidre have wowed us with their pure, delicate and piercing flavor profiles
- Christian Drouin Pear Cider 4-STARS
- Christian Drouin Sparkling Cider 4.5 STARS
An impressive duo of ciders, with the pear in particular offering a very interesting combination of flavors and aromas that set it apart from other similar poire.
- Etienne Dupont 2012 Cidre Triple 4 STARS
- Etienne Dupont Organic Cidre Bouche Brut de Normandie 2012 4.5 STARS
- These are both remarkably good ciders, with the Cidre Triple standing out as quite unique from other Normandy ciders with its triple fermentation and delivery of a dry, tannic structure that requires food to accompany it.