Marks & Spencer offers also French cidre from Brittany, which is produced by Guillet Frères, a company known for widely available Kerisac cidre. I have reviewed one of Kerisac cidres here. As per Marks & Spencer’s website, this cidre has won Bronze from the International Cider Challenge 2013 and a trophy and gold medal for sweet cider at the International Cider Challenge 2016.
Company: Guillet Freres
Place of Origin: Guenrouët, Brittany, France
Apples: five different apple varieties Local Brittany apples are harvested between mid-September and early December, it’s then blended and fermented using traditional techniques.
Ingredients: Concentrated apple juice, water, yeast, carbon dioxide, sulphites.
Sweetness as per label: sweet
Package type: 750ml green glass champagne corked
Recommended type of glass: flute
Appearance: pours a clear pale orange with a white short-lived head. Champagne type of carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is sweet and has notes of dried apricot and fermented apples, with caramel.
Taste: the first sip is very sweet and has low to medium acidity. The mid-palate is syrupy and has notes of wood, dried apricot and overripe apples.
Overall: Despite the fact that this cidre is made from apple juice concentrate it doesn’t taste like one. The taste is quite complex with delicious notes of dried apricots both on the nose and the palate. It’s way too sweet for my liking and I don’t think I would buy it again, but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. I think it could be a good alternative if you don’t have a better cider on hand. 3.5/6
Availability: online and locally from Marks & Spencer
Price: purchased it from Marks & Spencer in Wroclaw at 15.79 PLN (3.80 EUR)