Les Vergers de Ducy/Domaine de la Flaguerie Cidre Brut

Domaine de la Flaguerie is a family-run business based in Ducy-Sainte-Marguerite, southeast of Bayeux in Normandy. Apart from cider they also produce Pommeau, Calvados and apple juice. Domaine de la Flaguerie is open to visitors so if you are in the area don’t forget to pay them a visit!Company: Domaine de la Flaguerie
Place of Origin: Ducy-Sainte-Marguerite, Normandy, France
Apples: cider apples
Sweetness as per label: brut
ABV: 5%
Package type: 750ml green glass champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: white wine or flute

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange with a large foam, which only slowly reduces to a ring. High carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: overripe apples, bitter-sweet apples with barnyard and vinegar on the nose. The aroma is strong and very pleasant

Taste: the first sip was moderately sweet with low acidity. Followed by a grapefruit-bitterness with notes of overripe apples, mild vinegar, medium to high astringency. It finishes with a light, lingering bitter taste and a flavour of wood.

Overall: the acetic note in a French cidre is a surprise as this note is usually a desirable flavour in Spanish sidras, not in French cidre. Hence, the cidre from Domaine de la Flaguerie is like French cidre meets Spanish sidra. Also, I think that the vinegary note adds a refreshing twist. I enjoyed having it. 4.5/6 

Availability: online from CiderLab. In Germany from Weindepot-Schenck. Online from Calyce Cider – they ship to Germany, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Italy and Portugal!

Price: purchased online from CiderLab at 6.15 EUR