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A traditionally produced, only lightly filtered (and therefore slightly hazy) medium-sweet Normandy sparkling cider. Drink it cellar cool.
Product Code: BE2261A
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The family Dupont have had their roots in Normandy from the early 18th century and until the 1930s, when Louis Dupont changed the focus of the family domain, cider and calvados production was not the core business. Instead they reared cattle and Louis’ father Jules sold some calvados and cider to supplement their income, beginning as a tenant farmer before buying the domaine in 1887, helped by the proceeds of his sales. His son Louis increased production, quality and sales to local merchants after taking over in 1934 and in 1974 when he passed away his wife Colette bravely took the reins before passing them to her son Etienne in 1980.Etienne’s succession marked an industrious time for the domaine as orchards were planted, refurbished and expanded and as the emphasis on cider and calvados production grew even further. He expanded the orchard and visited Cognac to explore new techniques while playing a prominent part in establishment of the appellation contrôlée Pays d'Auge, Normandy’s finest area for calvados production.The next generation of Duponts joined the business in 2002 when his son Jérôme and daughter Anne-Pamy came on board as directors, working alongside their father and continuing the focus on excellence. They have even employed oenologists to achieve this, applying techniques usually associated with winemaking to improve their cider and consequently their calvados. Currently the family own 30 hectares right in the in the heart of the Pays d'Auge region, planted with some 6000 apple trees of no less than 13 different varieties, each bringing a unique characteristic to the final blend. It is the poor soil of the region that produces the smaller apples most suited to cider and calvados production. No fertilizers that would swell the fruit are used and the apples are only picked at full maturity after several runs through the orchard. Hand-sorting ensures that only the healthiest fruit makes it to the presses. Cider fermentation, begun in vats, continues in the bottle to produce an aromatic complex cider whose natural haze is a sign of this method, and further ageing helps to smooth the natural effervescence. Cider intended for Calvados is aged for six months to increase its aromatic qualities before being double distilled and then aged in new oak where, for the first 3 months, an application of gentle heat promotes vanilla notes in the finished spirit. The calvados is then transferred to older oak casks for further ageing, which concentrates the flavours and gives the calvados more complexity before bottling.The emphasis of the Duponts is on quality rather than quantity and they never rest on their laurels.
"Sad that this is out of stock but this is a fantastic alternative to wine and in particular, fizz. It has a mousse that is arguably much more refined than many cavas and processcos, while the residual sugar helps retain many delicate aromas from the raw material. Above all, it has the delicacy (low tannins with balanced sweetness) compared to many English ciders, while the price is very competitive. Looking forward to a restock or the next vintage! "
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"When I read the review about the smell of cow excrement, I knew this lovely cider was happily back in stock and up to par. Moooooo! I immediately ordered a six pack. Lovely as always, I was wishing I was in Normandy eating stinky cheese, oysters and some creamy pork dish. I am about to order 12 more and some of their Calvados. "
Mr Michael Oesterlin (18-Nov-2020)
"Perfectly good, enjoyable, reasonably priced Cidre Bouche. If you don't want a subtle and delicious touch of farmyard, buy something in your supermarket."
Mr Richard Ward (06-Nov-2020)
"A lovely example of Cidre, it really reminds me of cycling through northern France, and stopping off for lunch. Perfect for a summer afternoon.
In reference to the negative review of this. I would presume any spoiling was a one off as we've had many bottles which have all been fine. "
Mr Phill Cook (29-Oct-2020)
"Drank a bottle of last years product while pressing apples with my pal. As committed cider drinkers/makers, this is what we aspire to (not so easy in Glasgow, but nice to have bench mark to aim at).
Over the years this has been a rounded, never sharp or yeasty, with a hint of the farmyard, but just a touch. Lovely."
Prof Stephen Driscoll (04-Oct-2020)
"The bottle I had either had a fierce brett infection (brettanomyces, a spoilage yeast), or it had been massively over-sulphured in error. Either way, the cider stunk of cow excrement, and immediately went down the sink. It could have just been a one-off fault bottle, but I would avoid this cider like the plague. "
Mr Will Smale (29-Sep-2020)
"Delicious cider. Have shared this with many friends who have all really enjoyed it. Highly recommended."
Mr Chris Mack (30-Jul-2018)
"A classic cidre du Breton. "
Mr Simon Jaffe (23-Jul-2018)
"Reminds me of summer days in France with a baguette and a chunk of brie lying in the sunshine and swigging from the bottle. Excellent lunch!"
Mr Colin Taylor (27-Feb-2018)
"I drink cider and seeing this and reading the excellent reviews had to try it. For me, it was overly gassy, certainly tasty but also slightly sweet for my taste. Worthy of a trial but not one for me."
Mr David Welland (04-Jan-2018)
"Bought this on a whim, thinking it would make a nice change. We've just had it with a roast pork dinner and it was absolutely superb. Not too sweet nor too dry, a great taste and very refreshing. We will be purchasing a case worth next time."
Mr Alexander Eadon (07-May-2017)
"A good cider, it's a medium cider in terms of sweetness but well made, has a champagne cork which makes the bottle a bit more fun to open."
Mr David Mitchell (30-Dec-2016)
"Definitely more natural than sleek."
Mr Douglas Blyde (02-May-2016)
"A little farmyard/scrumpy character but also very clean and easy drinking. I had a bottle of Westons Stowford Press lying around and thought I'd compare them. They were so surprisingly similar in terms of sweetness, body, balance etc they could be easily confused. However the Westons had a slight vinegar taste and a peculiar unpleasant tang on the aftertaste. The BOUCHÉ DE NORMANDIE was just so correct in comparison and the flavours much better developed. A very high quality drink. It was like comparing a £5 bottle of wine from the supermarket to a £10 bottle from The Society."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (16-Nov-2015)
"This is a very drinkable and refreshing cidre - an easy medium sweet taste - I love it"
Mr Timothy G Downes (13-Nov-2015)
"Lovely and refreshing. Heartedly recommend."
Mr David P Nunn (16-May-2015)
"Absolutely stunning cider. Gorgeous frothy bubbles, mature orchard fruit, tremendous depth, lovely balance, rich texture and complex character. If you love good cider, buy it by the pallet."
Mr Nathan Nolan (20-Jun-2014)
The Mail on Sunday (8th Sep 2013)
"… great fun as an
aperitif or with cheese. - Olly Smith"
"Not much of a reviewer of wine but this I will have a bash at: simply the best proper cider I've seen for sale, which should also appeal to the average cider drinker ie not incredibly oversweetened (think popular M brand) but not the nasty super dry just a nice sensible level. Also the malolactic fermentation has been kept in check leading to a mild fresh hay background which adds to the appliness, rather than the standard farmyard floor (not my cup of tea). As for cloudiness this is also very mild compared to a traditional scrumpy cider and the inital pour would not be overly noticeable to the average consumer.
Mr Andrew Wilson (20-May-2013)
"A really top class Normandy cider. Served lightly chilled, it's soft acidity is perfect for a Summer's evening or as an accompaniment to pork dishes. Goes just as well which soft and hard cheeses. If the Society is out of stock, that's probably my fault!"
Mr Damian J Doherty (19-Jul-2011)
"Spectacularly appley and refreshing. I'm not much of a cider fan, but this is so pure and natural. A must for sipping on a hot summers day gardening"
Mr Andy Lewis (05-Jun-2009)
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