Basque is a language isolate, meaning that it not similar to any other language spoken today in Europe. For instance, Kupela, the name of the cider maker from the French Basque Country means ‘barrel’ in Basque. ‘Barrel’ doesn’t sound similar to ‘kupela’, does it?
Kupela’s Pétillant Semi-Dry is the third cider after the Sagardoa and the Pétillant Dry from this French cider maker that I’ve sampled. Company: Kupela
Place of Origin: Anglet, French Basque Country, France
Apples: traditional Basque apples such as Manttoni, Patzuola, Urtebi Ttiki and Urtebi Handi
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type:330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass, snifter or chalice glass
Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a large white foam that quickly dissipates. High carbonation. Likely artificial carbonation. Body is low.
Aroma/Nose: the nose sweetish with notes of yellow, dessert apples and some fruitiness to it. The aroma is rather weak.
Taste: my first sip is moderately sweet with a touch of acidity. On the mid-palate notes of yellow dessert apples, lemon, hard candy with a touch of astringency.
a hint of orange, a bit watery taste with yellow apples, some fruitiness and smokiness. In the aftertaste light astringency with a touch of lemon candy. Finishes quick leaving a touch of astringent taste and an apple note to it.
Overall: Kupela’s Semi-Dry is a cider that will not disappoint anyone, but also will not stun anyone. It’s light, drinkable and refreshing. However, the nose is very weak and the taste finishes very quickly. It simply has no depth. Also, I would say it tastes more like a French than Basque cider in terms of flavours. Personally, I wouldn’t buy it again as I thought it was too sweet, but I’m sure many will enjoy its refreshing flavours and apple character. 3/6
Availability: online in France from their online shop.
Price: Kupela’s Pétillant was a sample provided by Estitxu from Kupela.