Monday, 2 July 2012

Boulard Cidre De Normandie Brut

Boulard Cidre De Normandie Brut
Right oh, let’s start delving into a little French action shall we? This number hails from the famous cider producing region Normandy, which is in the North West of France. Some of my favourite ciders (cidre’s in French) come from here, with their beautiful apple freshness and focused tannin profiles. A fair whack of ciders that are created in Normandy often come from calvados producing companies – calvados being an apple spirit quite popular in France. This cider is no exception with the company, Calvados Boulard producing this cider out of Coquainvilliers.

If you are lucky enough to grab a bottle of this or any Normandy cider, you’ll notice 'Cidre Bouche' splashed on the label (pronounced Booshay). This basically means the cider is bottled under cork in champagne style bottles, usually with smaller corks at 25 x 38mm to release any unwanted carbonation pressures.

It’s really cool when you open up a bottle of sparkles or champagne and here that magic “POP!!” sound. That’s exactly what you are greeted with when you twist the cork off this cider. Pouring into the glass it throws off a nice foamy head, and constant bubble almost like a beer. It is filtered brilliant with a golden orange appearance – typical colour of French cidre’s.

The nose offers old dusty oak, with orange blossom's and green apples. It really is a rustic, farmhouse nose, which sort of resembles a blue mould character. You get an impression from the nose that it’s going to be a sweet cider on the palate but being a brut, it finishes quite dry. What you see on the palate is bitterness which is balanced with a good tannin structure. Indicating that bittersweet and bittersharp apples were most likely used. The carbonation foams up quite a bit in the mouth which helps add texture and mouth feel. The cider does finish quite short in apple flavour, leaving you again with the bitterness and tannins on the back palate, but overall it's a pretty solid cider.

This cider is dry, clean and uber fresh, like the apples were picked just yesterday. If you have never experienced a cider from Normandy then this would be a good place to start. It’s not ostentatious, it’s almost a little shy, but it keeps you interested. It’s a perfect example to help an inexperienced cider drinker to understand the difference between dessert/cooking apple ciders, and real cider apple ciders. Get out there and give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!!

Producer: Calvados Boulard
Country: France (Normandy)
Alcohol: 4.5%

Rating: 7 out of 10


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