Manoir de Montreuil - Cidre Pays D'Auge French Cider (750 mL)

Manoir de Montreuil - Cidre Pays D'Auge French Cider (750 mL)

Manoir de Montreuil - Cidre Pays D'Auge Tasting Notes: A classic sparkling French Cider from Normandy. Enticing notes of crisp ripe apple aromatics literally jump out of the glass. Semi-dry on the palate, the delicate bubbles marry perfectly with the perfectly slight sweetness of the apples to form a vivacious, flavor-filled drink. Medium-plus tannins, soft acidity, with bold flavor notes of apple, apple leather, clove. Light supporting flavor characteristics of caramel, grass, and candied citrus peel. A very lengthy lingering apple flavor that finishes dry. 

About this cider: Made with a blend of estate grown French Cider apples across a mixture of types: the bitter varieties Domaine, Mettais, Frequin Rouge and Saint Martin; sweet and bittersweet varieties Binet Rouge, Joly Rouge and Bisquet; and acidic varieties Rambault and Petit Jaune. 

True to traditions of cider making in Normandy, the apples are collected from the ground between September and December. Cider maker Patrice Giard waits for the fruit to fall then collects it after it has been on the ground, sometimes for as long as 3 weeks. He is in no hurry to pick them up, as they are protected from rot by a thick layer of grass beneath the trees. This allows their sugars to concentrate a bit more, and their flavor densities to rise. The juice destined for the Pays d’Auge cider is pressed in a balloon press and then goes into stainless steel tanks. The tanks are slightly heated and fermentation begins naturally using only indigenous yeasts.  

The solid elements are pushed to the top by the carbonic gas, and the tanks are drained, leaving behind the solid matter. Fermentation continues until Giard feels his cider is ready to bottle--that is, not too sweet, bitter or acidic. It is then bottled. The bottles are stored standing up while the sugar and yeasts left in the juice react together. After about 6 months, there is sufficient bubble for the cider to be ready to commercialize.

Because the cider has not been disgorged or filtered, there will continue to be a reaction between the yeasts and sugar as the months pass, and natural ciders like this will become drier as time goes on. This is a living product that continues to evolve until it is popped open and consumed!

More About Manoir De Montreuil:

The Manoir de Montreuil is owned by Patrice Giard and his wife Michelle. The family can trace their history on the property in the hamlet of Montreuil back 12 generations to the 1700’s. The Giard’s domaine, located in the heart of the Cider route, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the Pays d’Auge appellation, especially on a blue sky, fluffy cloud-type of afternoon. It lies on a series of hillsides and valleys a few miles from Cambremer, capital of the cider route. It is an ideal spot to take photographs of a classic Normandy landscape with black and dark brown Normand cows grazing under free standing trees loaded with apples.

The Giards have 30 hectares of apple trees, planted on varying soil: the flat ground is mostly comprised of clay and flint while the slopes are primarily chalk, with very little topsoil. The trees are planted entirely in haute-tige (tall trees that reach heights of 50+ feet). Of their 3,000 trees, half of them were planted in 1990 and the other half were planted by Patrice’s father, Roger.

Along with the apple side of their income, they also have about 200 cows, 60 of which are used for milk. Having haute-tige trees serves a double purpose for Giard: his cows are free to graze within the orchard, eating the lush grass, naturally enriching the soil with their excrement and aerating the earth with their weight. It’s a natural cycle that allows the family to work without any soil fertilizers. In August the cows are removed from the orchards so that they don’t eat any of the apples that will soon fall, and so that the apple harvesting is not turned into a highly unpleasant experience by their caca, to put it elegantly.

  • Dry-to-Sweet Scale: Semi-Sweet
  • Tannins: Medium-Plus
  • Acidity: Medium
  • 🍎🍐 Varieties: Frequin Rouge
  • Features: Blend
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Format: 750 mL Bottle
  • Shipping available across U.S.
  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
Regular price $15.00
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If you're looking for a full case of this or any other cider, please e-mail us and we'll setup a special order for you. We can usually get more of any cider we feature in our shop, and offer a discount on full-case special orders. Most bottled ciders come in 12-bottle cases, and canned ciders come in 24-can cases. Some rare or limited ciders may not be eligible for a case order discount, but we can still get you a full case.

We ship cider in boxes that safely hold 4-bottles, 6-bottles, or 12-bottles. Order in one of those quantities (or multiples of those quantities) to maximize your shipping value. For example, if you order 2-3 ciders, there will be room left in the box and it won't meaningfully change the shipping costs to fill the box.

We do have 1-bottle boxes, but in most all instances it will cost the same to ship you a full 4-bottle box.

Shipping to a business address will usually save you a few bucks!

Shipping cost estimates:

  • Pacific Northwest/West Coast: Shipping anywhere in the Pacific Northwest or West Coast is relatively inexpensive. Almost all box sizes cost $16-21 to ship. Same is true for most destinations in the Mountain Time Zone.
  • Central Standard Time Zone / Midwest: A 4-bottle or 6-bottle box will usually cost $18-24 to ship. A 12-bottle box will usually cost $22-30 to ship. Variance depends on weight and how far from a FedEx/UPS shipping center your delivery address is.
  • East Coast: A 4-bottle or 6-bottle box will usually cost $20-25 to ship. A 12-bottle box will usually cost $25-35 to ship. Variance depends on weight and how far from a FedEx/UPS shipping center your delivery address is.

Important Shipping Information:

  • We are able to ship cider to most, but not all, states.
  • Legally, someone 21+ must be present at the time of delivery to sign for the cider. We cannot ship to PO Boxes or AFO/FPO addresses.
  • Shipping prices vary by weight and destination. How far you are from Seattle (where we ship from), and remote vs. central your shipping destination is, and how heavy your box is will make shipping vary.
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