Brewed by Domaine Familial Louis Dupont
Style: Cider
Victot-Pontfol, France


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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Note: 2003 vintage bottles are 6% ABV.

Unfiltered, unpasterized cider

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Yes, yes, yes! Finally I taste the unpasteurized cider glory again. Da funk, da cheese, da must, da FUN! See, this stuff pours like medium amber bubbly, highly fizzy, white soda head quickly disappearing. Yeasties in my Jever glass. Smell like the must and oxidation of an empty bushel basket after you’ve finished collecting the windfalls. Damp earth like the root cellar when you go in on a rainy October day to get some parsnips for soup that night. Ever so faintly like gym socks. Taste flowers, clammy must envelops the daisies and pushes me down towards the depths....effervesence lifts me and lays a blanket of tannic, winey apples beneath me to cushion the descent. Finish a mix of earthy sweetness and tart. I fall further. So drinkable. Must.....find....more....ciders. Morrrrrrrrre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Gold Coloring With Small Head. Sweet Apple Aroma. This Was a Very Enjoyable Cider... And Appreciate More, Having Been to the Normandie Region and Having Tasted Calvados as Well. Tart Apple Flavor..Dry At End..Almost Furry on The Tongue.. After Letting It Sit for a Spell...The Apple Taste Became More Descriptive. ...Like Actually Biting Into a Ripe Apple...Very Crisp. Definitly One of the Best Ciders I’ve Ever Had!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2004
10.31.04 750ml bottle (2003). Hazed pale straw color with silvery-white highlights and a massive white head. The aroma is all apples and champagne; not unlike a sparkling reisling. Very inviting to smell. The flavors up front are apply, sweet, pulpy, and juicy. Midway through the experience a real funk sets in and the cider gets nice and barny with dusty notes, brett. Huh. Sharp and bitter grapeskin finish is very refreshing. Fascinating, I love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5655) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2006
My first French cider and I loved it. Cloudy appearance like a wit with sediment. Some barnyard to the aroma as well as apples. Sweet sugar and sour funky weirdness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 2003 vintage. Deep golden colour, low carbonation. Spicy apple aroma, cinnamon, soft baked apples, light barnyardy funkiness as well. Malic acid aroma. Flavour is sweet and spicy up front with some earthy dusty notes in the middle. Soft malic acidity and some apple skin derived tannins. Lingering soft tannins on the back of the palate that accentuate the lovely dryness. Funky and earthy. Really tasty... this won’t be my last bottle. 8/4/9/4/17 2000 vintage Cloudy golden yellow with a beautiful explosion of fine-laced bubbles quickly falling back to leave a fine white lace. Thick fruity apple aroma, malic tartness, rich sweet baked apple aroma. Light wild yeastiness, some leather and funk. Flavour is very fruity, lightly bready, sweet baked apples up front with some leathery wet hay funkiness. Quite tart in the finish with light vanilla oakiness over the whole thing. Gorgeous stuff. Ar 9 Ap 5 Fl 8 Pa 4 Ov 16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gscratch (8) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
Golden pour with a slight haze (if you don’t unsettle the sediment). Vibrant white head that dissipates rapidly to a champagne effervescence. Nose of cork, leather, funk, fresh fruit. Bright on the palate with strong notes of sour green apple, peach, grass and earth funk - the sourness is quick though leaving a slightly sweet green apple flavour and aroma. This is a really nice treat. Not a daily driver...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1370) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Opens with a gigantic pop. Pours a hazy straw gold with a big bubbled white head champagne-like cap that settles quickly to nothing, leaving an actively carbed body behind. Nose involves tart apple skin, a distinctive farm quality with deep complexity, maybe a hint of rubber, quite a challenging nose. Somewhat sweet, quite tart. Light, very active, refreshing yet soft, with a lengthy farmy yeast and bone-dry finish. Excellent cider, so much to take in, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2015
750ml bottle. Clear bright golden color with a lasting white head. Really nice appearance. Aroma has crisp apple, barnyard, bread, and floral notes. The flavor is really nice. Sweet yet not overly so, slightly acidic, very fresh. The palate is crisp and effervescent with a nice mild astringency. Medium body. A really nice cider! One of the best of the few I’ve ticked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4593) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2004
750 ml bottle, 2001 vintage. Huge bubble action in the pour, bright pale golden color. Lovely oaky/aged apple/champagne aroma, slightly funky and farmy. Medium-sweet flavor, bright and fresh while also oaky, barnyardy and slightly yeasty. Rather dry but not acerbic on the finish, smooth and hinting of vanilla; absolutely world-class and deserving of its reputation. Glad I finally got to try this, and I will have to see how it fares both younger and older.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2004
2002 Label date, Sampled August 2004
Pours with a frothy tan head that quickly disappears after pouring. It is very well carbonated though, and is a pretty, clear, gold color. From afar the aroma is of fresh apples, as I go in for a closer sniff though things change dramatically. I get sharp, funky aromas that remind me of cheese, champagne, and a Lambic-like musty funky barnyard character. The taste is sweet and apple like, yet not in anyway clean like a commercial cider. There are definite funky farmhouse cheese notes here, especially in the finish. There is almost a certain acetone-like finish on this one. There is a really good apple character here, and I am quite surprised by how much sweetness is left. The sweetness really helps to accentuate the apple character of this cider, though it probably mutes some of the complexity. Despite the sweetness, this is still quite light and refreshing. This is very good, and is certainly the best cider I have had up to this point.

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