I found a bottle of La Cuvée Blanche from Manoir du Kinkiz at a local shop. I was excited to sample a new offering from these guys, as I’d tried their Cornouaille Cidre a couple months back (and have “tried” it a few more times since then). I love a good French cider.
Here’s their description:
This cider is made from a single variety of apple called Guillevic. The Guillevic is an old apple variety known for its golden, almost white juice. It undergoes a slow fermentation, during which it develops complex flavors and aromas that range from wild roses, to white peach, and tart citrus fruit. The “Cuvée Blanche” is fermented dry (brut) and is devoid of any bitterness. Its aromas are particularly elegant, and bring an amazing brightness to the palate. Long ago people referred to this cider as “le champagne de nos campagnes” “the champagne of our countryside”. The Cuvée Blanche should be served cold, and is great accompanied by fruit desserts or even chocolate cake. However it is also good by itself as an aperitif. The combination of the delicate Guillevic apple, low alcohol, and long fermentation give this cider an almost magical lightness.
Our verdict: it’s good, really good. We actually could taste the white peach notes, but that might’ve been because we’d read the label and were primed for it. Either way, it was bubbly, light, sweet, and delicious. Highly recommended.
Here’s another tidbit from this press release:
In Brittany [France], cider is traditionally served in ceramic bowls (Bolée) rather than glasses. However, we often drink it in wine glasses, in order to get the full benefits of all of the aromas in the cider. That said, a pint glass works fine as well.
Cider is often served in Brittany with crepes, or a “Kig ha farz” (local pork stew). Manoir du Kinkiz’s dry crisp ciders are also a great match for roast pork loin, pork chops, turkey, fish & chips, or simply as an aperitif.
I appreciate that they said cider can be served in a pint glass. I’d like to try some La Cuvée Blanche with a nice Kig ha farz, although the pictures I’m finding online don’t make it look very appetizing…