Eric Bordelet Sidre Nouvelle Vague (draught)

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
organic cidre apples (20 apple varieties are grown on the farm)
ABV: 6%
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.

8 Sparkling Ciders for New Year‘s Eve

Last year I chose to celebrate New Year’s Eve with cider instead of champagne or sparkling white wine. It turned out to be a splendid idea as I didn’t have to force myself to drink a super dry champagne though I still had the pop. If champagne is not your drink of choice, as it is in my case, I am encouraging you to raise a glass of cider instead on New Year’s Eve. To help you with it I have selected the most amazing and delicious sparkling ciders out of those reviewed over the entire 2017.

I have tried many ciders suitable for this occasion, but I have compiled only 8 of picks that you pop open a bottle. It’s New Year’s Eve after all. You’d be surprised that not all of them are French.

Each cider is listed first by cidermaker, then by label name & year if applicable, region & country, and apple variety if known. 

Joachim Döhne, Apfelschaumwein Brut 2013 – Hesse, Germany – a cuvée of Boskoop, Jakob img_6525-1Lebel, Schöner von Herrenhut and Kaiser Wilhelm

Both the palate and the nose of this Apfelschaumwein are intensely rich, with good structure and depth. Taste wise somewhere between French cidre, German Apfelwein and dry Champagne with a strong but balanced acidity. One of my favourites. For the full review click here.



Dupont, Organic Cidre Bouche Brut de Normandie 2011 – Normandy, ‘France – a cuvée of 13 varietiesCidre Bouche Organic Dupont

Out of the better-known French cidre names, Dupont will provide complex richness with beautiful appley taste accompanied by citrus and funky notes. The most complex and extraordinary French cidre I have ever tried. Bouche is an elegant, light and smooth cidre for those having a sweet tooth.  For the full review click here.



West Milton, Lancombe Rising – Dorset, UK – a cuvée of Dabinett, Yarlington Mill and Chisel Jerseyimg_7574-2

One of the few UK’s producers of keeved cider, West Milton created Lancombe Rising, a cider with an extraordinary and extremely rich palate of dried fruits, red apple and light citrus flavours with the right level of sweetness. Suitable for all palates. For the full review click here.



Guzman Riestra, Sidra Brut Nature – Asturias, Spain


Made using the Champagne Method, Sidra Brut Nature from Guzman Riestra has an exceptionally sophisticated and balanced palate full of refreshing citrus fruits and ripe apples. Every sip reveals a new taste and is like an in-depth exploration of many layers of flavours. Dry with some residual sweetness will appeal to larger audiences. For the full review click here.



Eric Bordelet, Sidre Brut Tendre 2014 – Normandy, France

img_8429Eric Bordelet’s Brut is a classic among cider lovers. Wonderfully expressing cidre with an exceptional and extremely long finish full of baking spices that linger on and on. This cidre is not too sweet but still, it tastes almost like an ice cider or dessert wine. It has a nice level of acidity to it balancing the sweetness. One of a kind. For the full review click here.




Mayador, Produccion Limitada Cosecha 2014 – Asturias, Spain

img_6670This bright and apple-forward sidra is a delicious example of a sidra that can be enjoyed not only by local Asturians but also by cider lovers from other regions of the world. You’ll find aromas of citruses and herbal notes, crisp acetic-acidity, and tannins on the palate. Every bottle has its own number so you know that you are drinking something special. For the full review click here.



Kliment, Demi Sec 2014 – Central Bohemia, Czech Republic


A remarkable sparkling cider from the Czech Republic. Rich, mouth-filling and relatively high in residual sugar, with notes of baked apples, this cider is perfect for those who prefer their ciders on the sweet side. For the full review click here.




Kerné, Cidre Le Kerné – Brittany, France


I like this cidre for its elegance and rustic character without intense funk, in contrast to many French ciders that are quite sweet, and because it has complex notes of dried fruits, baked apples with nice appley flavour. For the full review click here.





Eric Bordelet Sidre Brut Tendre 2014

When you look up the term ‘sydre’ or ‘sidre’, which is an old French name for cidre, you will get many hits, but all associated with one name, Eric Bordelet. Eric Bordelet turned to cider in 1992 when he decided to quit his job as a sommelier at Paris’s three Michelin star Arpège to take over an apple orchard in the south of Normandy that belonged for generations to his family. His goal was to produce a sydre/sidre in exactly the same manner as wine is produced.

In the manufacturing process of Sydre Brut Tendre apples are pressed right after milling and subsequently fermented. Bordelet’s Sydre is racked off many times to slow down the fermentation process and to clear-up. Then Sydre is bottled without the addition of sugar and matured. Let’s try this beauty!
Company: Eric Bordelet
Place of Origin: 
Charchigné, Normandy, France
organic cidre apples (20 apple varieties are grown on the farm)
Sweetness as per label: 
ABV: 4%
Package type: 750ml amber glass champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: flute or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear deep golden with light amber hues and a small frothy head. High carbonation. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is sweetish and rich with notes of red apples, baked apples, fermented apples, dried fruits, raisins, oak, apricot and cinnamon.

Taste: it starts moderately sweet with low lemon-like acidity. The mid-palate has notes of red apples, oak, smoked cheese, cinnamon with a hint of lightly burnt caramel-like bitterness with baked apples and apple seeds. In the aftertaste lightly burnt plum jam, powidl, gentle tannins with a bit of cinnamon and slightly acidic touch. All of a sudden, a note of freshly pressed apple juice appears. 

Overall: Eric Bordelet’s Sidre Tendre Brut tastes simply amazing and can be a crowd pleaser. It’s not too sweet but still, it tastes almost like ice cider or dessert wine. It has a nice level of acidity to it balancing out the sweetness.  Also, the aftertaste is amazing and extremely long. When you think it is gone, it strikes again and goes on and on. It is really different to French cidres I have tried so far but still goes down easily. Would I have it again? Perhaps not every day, but I can see myself celebrating my birthday or New Year’s Eve with this one. Remarkable! Would pair excellently with goat cheese. 5/6

Availability: very broad. In Berlin through Lager Lager or at Nobelhart & Schmutzig. Online in Germany from Weinzeche, Vino CentralABC-Wines or Weinhandlung Kreis. In Belgium from Bieres Gourmet. In Switzerland from Globus or Galaxus. In Norway through Vinmonopolet. In the UK from Uvinum. In Spain from Vinos Cutanda. In France from La Grande Epicerie. And many more.

Price: purchased from Weinzeche at 9.90 EUR.