From the website: “Created using the traditional method of the Pays d’Auge. Cidre Bouché is full of fruit and freshness, the taste reveals the aromas of apples and citrus with finesse.”
- Appearance: Rich Golden Colour, Almost Clear
- Aroma: Leather, Farmhouse Funk
- Taste: Wood, Smoke, Leather
Background: Probably the most widely available French Cider company in North America. Etienne Dupont is located in Pays d’Auge, a part of Normandy well known for the quality of its ciders. The Dupont Estate consists of 74 Acres in Normandy, in the heart of the Pays d’Auge region. They produce ciders, pommeau and calvados.
First Taste is: It starts slightly dry and moves to subdued sour middle with a nice slightly yeasty finish. It has a really nice balance of sweet and tart here. Flavours of wood, smoke and leather are not overpowering, but are a nice complement to the gentle apple flavour. The French are the masters of subtle ciders. Although I tend to like more English styled ciders there is something to be said about the Keeving process which tends to produce a cider with more naturally subtle sweetness and residual flavour. This cider is a perfect example of such subtly.
What’s in it? Sulphites and Apples.
Overall: This unpasteurized and unfiltered, Cidre Bouché is complex, subtle and rich in flavour. It’s a little less sweet and is a little less rustic than the French Farmhouse I had previously, but it more than makes up for it with its delicious well-balanced flavour profile…
Would I buy it again? Yes! I don’t know if I’ll run out and buy a couple of bottles tomorrow like I did with Summerland Heritage Cider, but this is still a very good cider.
Where to get it? This was found at Kitsilano Wine Cellar.
Rating: 8 out of 10
X-factor: This is the first of a few Etienne Dupont’s that I plan to review.
Full Disclosure: Trying this cider really makes me want to search out some Pommeau or Calvados which Etienne Dupont are known for as well.