Écusson Cidre Rosé

Would you believe it? Écusson, a cidre brand from France is turning 100 this year. The company was established in 1919 by Georges Leroy in a village of Livarot, Normandy and later acquired by the Eclor Group, transforming Écusson into one of their commercial cidre brands available in supermarkets. Approximately 20 cider apple varieties are grown in Écusson’s orchards.

Cidre Rosé, launched in 2007 is a single varietal cidre from Rouge Délice.Company: Cidreries du Calvados La Fermière (CCLF)/ Eccuson
Place of Origin: Livarot, Normandy, France
Apples: Rouge Délice
ABV: 3%
Package type: 750ml champagne corked bottle
Recommended type of glass: flute, chalice glass or bolée 

Appearance: pours a clear, pale orange with reddish hues and a huge white head, which dissipates within seconds. Nevertheless, carbonation is surprisingly low. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong with notes of red berries, strawberries, fresh apple flesh, crisp red apple, oak in the background.I can get also a light earthy note with dried fruits and raisins.

Taste: it starts very sweet with low-berry acidity. Fruity on the mid-palate with notes of strawberry, red berries, red apple, dried fruits, raisins and light oak. The finish is dry with a delicate astringent note and lingering red berries-acidity, a hint of bitterness and a note of blueberry.

Overall: Écusson’s Cidre Rosé is a fruity and refreshing cidre ideal for a lazy afternoon. Although the initial high sweetness strikes you in the first sip, the Rosé gets more fruity accompanied by lovely notes of strawberry, red berries and light oak. But still, it will be rather appreciated by those who like sweet cider. I have shared a bottle of the Rosé with a friend, who loved it and would buy it again. As for me, I would rather go for something less sweet. On another note, Écusson Cidre Rosé would pair well with sweet pancakes and goat cheese. Doesn’t taste too bad for a commercial cidre. 4/6

Availability: Broad in supermarkets in France such as Carrefour or Auchan. Otherwise, check out grocery stores selling French products. In Germany from Gourmemaison, Lieferello, Gourmetage. Through France Export in France. In Estonia from Tallink.

Price: purchased locally from Galeries Lafayette Berlin at 3 EUR.

Cidrerie du Château de Lézergué Rosé

Some of you may think that rosé cider is synonymous with summer. I prefer to think that every season is good for cider. The only difference is that in winter you have to learn to appreciate it indoors. Today’s Rosé cidre was crafted by Cidrerie du Château de Lézergué from Brittany.Company: Cidrerie du Chateau de Lezergue
Place of Origin: Ergué-Gabéric, Cornouaille, Brittany, France
locally grown cidre apples
Package type: 
750ml clear glass champagne corked and wired bottle
Recommended type of glass: white wine glass, chalice glass, flute or bollée

Appearance: pours a clear orange with reddish hues and a white head that very quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is strong and very sweet with notes pink apples, strawberries and wild strawberries.

Taste: my first taste is very sweet of strawberry with low to medium acidity of strawberry. Red apples and strawberries on the mid-palate. Finishes with a flavour of strawberry.

Overall: in a way, the Cidrerie du Château de Lézergué Rosé is very one-dimensional. All I could get, both on the nose and on the palate was a fantastic and hypnotizing flavour of strawberry. Actually, I don’t recall having such a fruity and powerful Rosé dominated by strawberry before. What I also enjoyed was the fruitiness, which rounded up this cidre and created balance and harmony in this cidre. But to me, this Rosé was still too sweet and as the temperature started to rise, I could barely finish it due to high sweetness. So you can’t drink much of it. Probably a smaller bottle would be a better idea for such a sweet offering. I shared this bottle with a friend and it took us a while to finish it. Taken together, it’s a good cider with a mindblowing strawberry note so if you are looking for a tasty and sweet strawberry in a bottle, this should be your pick. 4.5/6 

Availability: mainly in Brittany, France.

Price: a sample of this cidre was provided by Lucian from Cidrerie du Château de Lézergué.

OBC Rosé

Looks like guys from OBC, who are based in the world’s best city Berlin, are up to date with the current trends. They released their Rosé sometime last year, long before the whole world went crazy for rosé cidre or cider. But, unfortunately, it’s a fake rosé as the colour was obtained using a blackcurrant juice instead of red-fleshed apples.
Company: OBC-Cidre GmbH
Place of Origin: BerlinGermany
Ingredients: fermented apple juice, black currant juice, carbonic acid  (the label really says carbonic acid)
ABV: 5%
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute

Appearance: pours a clear pale ruby with a white fizz that is gone after a few seconds. Low artificial carbonation. Low to medium body.

Aroma/Nose: the nose has notes of caramel, cherries, honey. It has a rum aroma that is used for baking as well.

Taste: it begins dry with a touch of sweetness and a low acidity of blackcurrant. The mid-palate has a light smoky note with yellow apples and some honey that changes to caramel. It finishes very quickly.

Overall: I think it’s a shame that this Rosé is made with black-currant juice as I have honestly expected red flesh apples after reading ‘Rosé’ on the label. Anyway, similarly to previously reviewed OBC Strong, their Rosé is an average thirst quencher. It tastes natural, not too sweet, with a natural apple flavour. The nose could be stronger, the palate richer and more lingering. Well, at least it doesn’t taste like juice. Ok, it does perhaps a little. Overall, I’d wish more drinking pleasure. 3/6 

Availability: you can find the Rosé in every Späti in Berlin (‘Späti’ is a term used in Berlin for a small corner shop/kiosk open 24/7 selling beer, milk, candies, etc). In addition, you can find OBC in Ambrosetti or KaDeWe. Online from Ciderei and Weinquelle Hornig.

Price: OBC Cidre Rosé was a sample provided by Ciderei.

Thatchers Somerset Rosé

This is another cider that I am tasting made from pink or red-fleshed apples after the French cidre from Doz de Dauzanges. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find anything on the Somerset Rosé on Thatcher’s website. There is, however, another rosé cider in their product range, the Katy.  I’ve been trying to find what is the difference between the Somerset Rosé and the Katy. It looks like the first one is a blend of red fleshed-apples including Katy, whereas the Katy is a single variety cider.Company: Thatchers Cider
Region of Origin: Somerset, Winscombe, England
Apples: a blend of red-fleshed apples including Katy
Sweetness as per label: medium
ABV: 5.4%
Package type: 500ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass, white wine glass or snifter

Appearance: pours a clear pale raspberry with a white foam, which quickly vanishes. Carbonation level is low.

Aroma/Nose: Similarly to the previous French rosé I tasted, on the nose, I smell red apple flesh, red berries and particularly raspberries. And sort of a sweet red berries lemonade flavour.

Taste: the first sip is moderately sweet with a low level of acidity, but still refreshing and not too sweet. Subsequently, I can taste red apple flesh with a watermelon hint and low astringency. The aftertaste is dry and has notes of watermelon and red berries.

Overall:  Thatchers Somerset Rosé is easy to drink despite the moderate level of sweetness and relatively low level of acidity. I like it better than the French cidre Rosé, because it doesn’t taste watery and I can feel some astringency due to tannins. It’s still a strawberry lemonade type of cider, which will not appeal to everyone. Well, I liked it.  4/6

Availability: Sainsbury’s, online from Booze Cruiser or Deals4Drink.

Price: had it locally at the Castle Pub in Berlin at 5.5 EUR

Doz de Dauzanges Cidre Rosé

If I understand correctly Doz de Dauzanges is a small company, which was established only in March 2009 by Ange Giard and currently hires three employees. They specialize in calvados, pommeau AOC, cognac, and whisky but also in cider. Most of their products are customized and exported to Russia and Japan and apparently also to Germany.Company: Doz de Dauzanges
Place of Origin: Saint-Martin-de-Landelles, Normandy, France
Fruits: undisclosed apples and pears
ABV: 2%
Package type: 750ml clear glass champagne bottle sealed with a champagne cork with cage
Recommended type of glass: flute or bowl

Note: contains colouring anthocyanin

Appearance: pours a clear deep amber with a reddish tinge and a white short-living head, which reduces to a long-lasting ring around the glass. Carbonation is sparkling.

Aroma/Nose: on the nose scent of red apple flesh, raspberries, and other red berries and something earthy and musty. Smells of sweet strawberry lemonade.

Taste: the first sip starts with a moderate acidity, which transforms to a moderately sweet and slightly watery taste. On the mid-palate strawberries, red apples with red berries with something earthy. Finish is short and dry. No perceivable tannins, only minor astringency. 

Overall: If you enjoy drinking red berry lemonade this cider will be your thing. It’s not too sweet as the acidity balances out the sweetness. Not really complex, but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it as the Rose really wasn’t overly sweet. It’s good for a not too demanding cider drinker, but also for those, who are looking for clear cider with no funk or tannins or are just looking for a change. 4/6

Availability: in Germany from Jacques.

Price: purchased locally in Berlin from a wine store chain Jacques at 4.85 EUR.