From the website: ”Notre Cidre AOC Pays d’Auge, plusieurs fois médaillé d’or à Paris, en 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1999, argent en 2004, est riche en couleur et en nuance.Il associe la rondeur fruitée des Cidres de Cambremer à une pointe d’amertume.” Translates to something like; Our AOC Pays d’Auge cider, several times gold medalist in Paris, in 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1999, silver in 2004, is rich in color and shade. It combines the fruity roundness of Cambremer Ciders and a hint of bitterness.
- Appearance: Light Copper Cloudiness, white diminishing head
- Aroma: Dank Cellar, Farmhouse Funk
- Taste: Oxidized Apples, Cellar, Gentle Sweetness
- Mouthfeel: Micro bubbly effervessence
Background: Manoir de Grandouet is a cidery in Pays d’Auge in Normandy, France. This Traditional Cider of Cambremer is AOC (appellation d’origine control) designated.
First Taste is: Pleasant and subtle. This low alcohol cider has a complex flavour, there is a sweet honey start, taste of farmhouse funk, and a finish that is musty and slightly tannic. It’s not off-putting but the farmhouse funk really comes through. The other flavours; Honey, Musk, Citrus, and Oxidized Apples are so subtle you really have to slow down and soak it in. Much like the French; it’s all about stopping to smell the roses. This cider is a total contrast to the hustle and bustle of life in North America. It’s made with care, slowly, and with tradition.
What’s in it? No Ingredients other than sulphites.
Overall: It’s a really nice cider. I didn’t like this as much as their Farmhouse Cider, but it definitely stands out on its own. Compared to the Farmhouse Cider this is more complex. I am really starting to like French ciders and their subtle flavours.
Would I buy it again? Perhaps. It’s really good, but I want a little more tart and tannin our of my cider.
Where to get it? This one was picked up at O’Hares Liquor Store in Richmond. I believe the cost was about $14.00 for 750ml.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
X-Factor – This is the second of two Manoir de Grandouet Cider’s I reviewed.
Full Disclosure – The first few sips really through me for a loop. After the cider had a chance to warm up the flavours started to come out a little more.