In 2015 Cidre Fournier Artisanal Brut has received a Bronze Medal from the ‘Concours général agricole’ in Paris organized by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry. Sounds promising 😀
Company: Cidres La Pommeraie – Fournier Freres Fournier
Place of Origin: Lentillere, La Lacelle, Normandy, France
Apples: a blend of Normandy-grown apples, which are slowly fermented
Sweetness as per label: Brut (hence, could be medium to dry)
Package type: 750 ml green glass bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: flute
Appearance: pours a clear, deep golden body, almost orangey body with a huge white head, which quickly dissipates leaving a nice white ring. High, fizzy carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: aroma is very pleasant and dominated by overripe and dry apples with some vanilla, woody and oaky notes. After a few further whiffs I can smell also leather, farmyard and earthy notes with some distinct beeswax notes. Very sophisticated and elegant.
Taste: as usually the first impression is moderately sweet apple palate. After only a few seconds mild acids begin to dominate with some watery taste. Subsequently, pleasant soft tannins come into play leaving a nicely astringent note. Then, quite disturbing sulphuric notes come in (which I don’t like but with the second sip they are thankfully gone), finishing with a dry and distant bitter bite.
Overall: Very well balanced cider with a beautiful and complex nose. Each sip is a kind of orchestral concert where different notes come into play when the time is right and contribute to the complexity and beauty of this cider. Could have been a bit less watery though. Very drinkable. I would definitely buy it again. 4.5/6
Price: purchased from Klemke Wein und Spirituosen Eck in Berlin for 3.50 EUR.