Some cidre apple and perry pear trees growing in the orchard belonging to Eric Bordelet, based in Normandy, France, are over 300 years old. But his creation, Nouvelle Vague was made using fruit obtained from much younger cidre trees. I’ve noticed that the Muted Horn in Berlin has it on offer on tap, so decided to take the chance to sample it.Company: Eric Bordelet
Place of Origin: Charchigné, Normandy, France
Apples: organic cidre apples (20 apple varieties are grown on the farm)
Package type: draught
Recommended type of glass: wine glass
Appearance: pours a clear pale amber and a white head that reduces to a ring. Low carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is fruity with notes of sulphur, funk and red and rose fresh apples.
Taste: it starts slightly sweet with low lemon-like acidity. On the mid-palate, medium to high astringency, tiny bit watery, fresh red and pink apples, apple seed bitterness. After a few sips, a note of lingering burnt caramel bitterness appears in the finish.
Overall: Actually, I’ve expected a typical cidre from Normandy. But, Eric Bordelet likes to make surprises. His Nouvelle Vague is a surprisingly light offering. If not the quite high astringency, I might have thought this cidre was made with eaters, it is that light. The scent is not that powerful and has a sulphur note that I wasn’t a big fan of. Also, I didn’t get that many notes as I thought I would. Personally, I prefer more powerful offerings so I’m not sure if I would buy it again. But nevertheless, in my opinion, it is a pleasant quality cidre. A no brainer. In contrast to Cider Says, who recently reviewed Nouvelle Vague, I did get some hints of funk only on the nose but not on the palate. Apparently, there must be indeed some variations from batch to batch. Summarizing, I thought it was quite ok but wasn’t overwhelmed with it. 3.5/6
Availability: quite widely available across Europe. Online in Germany from Weinhandlung Kreis or locally in Stuttgart. In Austria from Kate & Kon. Bottled online from Grands Bourgognes in France and from Bieres Gourmet in Belgium.
Price: 0.3L purchased from the Muted Horn at 4.80 EUR.