Manoir de Grandouet, a cidre producer from Normandy has also Poiré (French for perry) in the product range apart from Calvados and pommeau. Pears used for this Poiré grow between apple trees in their orchards near Cambremer. Their perry pears hat more acid than usual and have an astringent taste. After pressing, poiré is fermented for 3 months, subsequently bottled, where it undergoes the secondary fermentation.Company: Manoir de Grandouet
Place of Origin: Grandouet, Normandy, France
Pears: locally grown perry pears
Package type:750ml clear glass champagne corked and wired bottle
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass or flute
Appearance: pours a nearly clear yellow straw with a tiny white head that quickly dissipates. High carbonation. Body is medium.
Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong and with notes of fresh pears, green apples, sulphur – like gunpowder. Hints of polyfloral honey.
Taste: it starts moderately sweet with a low acidity of lemon. Notes of green apple, star fruit, gooseberry, a touch of bitterness – caramel and burnt caramel, very gentle, barely detectable astringency. Finishes with a note of green apple and a hint of burnt caramel.
Overall: this is a very decent Poiré. It’s light, refreshing and elegant. Very nicely balanced with a good level of sweetness and acidity. Fruity notes of star fruit, gooseberry, lychee and green apple make it a very refreshing drop, which is rounded by caramel notes far in the background. Flavours move smoothly from one note to another, which resembles a well-played symphony. Only the note of sulphur – gunpowder-like is a bit too overpowering and steals the beauty of this Poiré. A nice drop that will go well with chicken, fish and Camembert. I loved it. 5/6
Availability: directly from Manoir de Grandouet
Price: a sample of this cidre was provided by Lucile from Manoir Grandouet