I snagged a bottle of Domaine Dupont Cidre Reserve from this little out-of-the-way spot no one’s ever heard of.
According to the label, the apples were harvested in 2013 and the cider matured in 2014 “for six months in oak casks which had previously contained Calvados.” Calvados is apple brandy, for those who were wondering, basically France’s answer to Applejack, of which I’ve posted about before. I tend to prefer Applejack to Calvados, it’s a little less sweet.
As for the cider: there was a nice note of apple-y sweetness and some definite “wild” funkiness characteristic of French cider. All told, though, I’d probably opt for a bottle of Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie if I wanted some (even funkier) French goodness. I’m glad I tried this nonetheless.
I will say I’ve had my share of French and Spanish ciders, and of course I’ve had plenty of American, but I’d like to get my hands on some small-batch, craft-y English ciders. I’ve only really had the mainstream British stuff. In due time.