Cidre Le Kerné

Cidrerie Kerné is a successful family business founded by Pierre Bosser in Pouldreuzic, Brittany in 1947. Since Pierre Bosser in his previous job as a wine distributor has developed a good distribution network, it allowed him to grow the cider company in no time. In 1977 his son Yves and daughter Michèle took over, and today Pierre’s grandchildrenGérard, Anne and Claude run the ciderieCurrently they produce 15.000hl / year of cider and apple juice, which makes around 1 million bottles per year.

Today I’m reviewing their Le Kerné, which has received a gold medal (Medaille d’or) from the French ‘Concours Général Agricole’ in 2014.Company: Cidrerie Kerné
Place of Origin: Pouldreuzic, Brittany, France
Apples: a blend of apples coming from Brittany
Sweetness as per label: brut
ABV: 4.5%
Package type: 750ml amber glass champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: white wine, flute or boleé

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale amber with orange hues and white frothy head, which quickly dissipates. Carbonation is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma simply explodes from the bottle once you pop the cork. The nose is rich and has notes of leather, barnyard, fermented and overripe red apples, fresh apple juice, dried apricots with a hint of wood and vanilla.

Taste: it starts moderately sweet with high astringency and low acidity. Smoked cheese, fresh red apple, some funk, a hint of bitterness on the mid-palate. The aftertaste is dry and tastes of fresh, pressed apple juice with vanilla, but also has lingering notes of barnyard, beeswax and leather. When you think it’s over, a delicate astringency occurs.

Overall: taking a sip of cidre Kerné is like listening to a well-conducted symphony orchestra. It’s well balanced, with a good set of flavours that linger on and on. Cidre Kerné tastes delicious and has a good level of sweetness. It’s a cidre to appreciate, to celebrate with, or just an evening companion. I would buy more. 5/6 

Availability: from their online shop. In Berlin from Monsieur Collard located in the Markthalle Neun or from Maitre Phillipe et Filles. Through Roi de Bretagne in France or Wittich in Switzerland.

Price: Maitre Phillipe et Filles in Berlin at 4.95 EUR.