Le Brun Cidre Artisanal Doux

Le Brun is a French cidre with probably the widest availability in Europe. Interestingly, Le Brun in contrast to other big French cidre brands such as Loic Raison, Kerisac or Eccusson is still in private hands. Their cidre has been produced by the Le Brun family in Plovan, Brittany since 1955 when Jean Le Brun set up the company. In 1991 the youngest son of the founder, Dominique took over and the cidery expanded while keeping the quality of their product at the same time. I’m sampling their Doux today, which won a silver medal at the International Cider Challange 2016.Company: Cidre Le Brun
Place of Origin: Plovan, Brittany, France
Apples: Kermerrien, Marie Ménard, Douce Moên, Peau de Chien, Douce Coëtligné are grown on the farm
Sweetness as per label: doux
ABV: 3.0%
Package type: 750ml green glass champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a lightly cloudy orange with a short-lived white foam, which quickly reduces to a ring. High carbonation. Body is medium. Some sediment settled on the bottom.

Aroma/Nose: the scent is relatively strong with notes of apricots, raisins, baked apples, fermented apples and a hint of vinegar.

Taste: the first taste is sweet with a moderate lemon-like acidity and a hint of vinegar, which beautifully cuts the sweetness. Apricot, herbal notes with a light astringency in the mid-palate. The finish is dry and has a touch of bitterness and a hint of wood in the aftertaste.

Overall: I’m not a fan of sweet ciders so before trying this cidre I assumed I will not like it (I know, I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover). But when I took the first sip I was really amazed by the taste. Le Brun’s Doux tastes delicious! A touch of vinegar breaks the sweetness making the Doux a nice, drinkable and refreshing cidre. Cidre Le Brun might be very common and easily available in your area but it’s absolutely worth a purchase. So if you stumble upon it at you local store just give it a try. Not only for those having a sweet tooth! 4.5/6

Availability: should be in your Carrefour. In Warsaw from Salon Win i Alkoholi Warsaw. In Berlin from Galeria Kaufhof. In Prague from Dobry Cider or Incider Bar. In the UK  from Roving Sommelier. 

Price: It was a gift from my parents. Thank you! 🙂

One thought on “Le Brun Cidre Artisanal Doux

  1. I’ve liked the two Le Brun varieties that I’ve tried in the U.S., Organic and Brut. Very approachable, in contrast to some of the Norman cidres, which can be sour & funky. I think we only get for export only varieties from them, as the names and label styles are completely different, and were slightly higher in ABV (4-5%).

    The French cidre I’ve been drinking the most of recently however is called Dan Armor, and is only $5 US / 750ml bottle (exclusively at a grocery store called Trader Joe’s), which is 1/2 to 1/4 the price of others around here. It appears to be made by Cidrerie Dujardin Condé-sur-Vire (Agrial).

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