From the website: “The apples and the techniques used to make the cider are in conformity with American standards relating to organic agriculture, “N.O.P. Organic”. The apples are entirely untreated. In addition, the Organic Cider has no sulfites added and is unpasteurised – as other Domaine Dupont ciders.”
- Appearance: Dark Blonde, Hazy
- Aroma: Leather, Farmhouse Funk, Earthy
- 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: Bubbly! After it passes your lips there is no warning to the crazy bubble explosion to follow. After a second or two the effervescence subsides and the true flavours come out. It starts with a pleasant taste of leather, and earth and moves to a playful citrus middle with a nicely rich finish. It’s complex, sweet and a little explosive much like your first high school relationship. Unlike my high school relationships, this one is enjoyable and tasty all the way till the end.
What’s in it? Organic Apples….no sulphites. Hang on…What does that say on the bottle? ‘contains sulfites’. I’m confused…
Overall: Another example of a good Pays d’Auge Cider. I’m not sure I taste the ‘organic apples’. It’s similar to the other Etienne Dupont Cider I tasted, but the difference is this one has a little less alcohol which leaves more of the original French cider apple taste. The keeving process combined by not pasteurizing or filtering really does the trick to pass on as much flavour as possible. The Dupont Estate employs the Traditional Method of Cider making which also helps with residual apple flavour. It’s a nice cider overall.
Would I buy it again? Yes, I’m a sucker for French ciders.
Where to get it? This was found at Kitsilano Wine Cellar.
Rating: 8 out of 10
X-factor: Really there isn’t enough variety of ciders in Vancouver. This is a good one, but I want MORE like this.
Full Disclosure: Their website is in English. This is very conspicuous and in total contrast to the uncompromising French I know. There must be French-Canadian people running this company somewhere in the background…