goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2013
375ml bottle, 2009 vintage squarely indicated on the front label. 10912 is the code on the bottom front of the label, FWIW. pours a golden orange with a super retentive head. there is apple in the aroma, but it is enrobed by notes of bleu cheese, must, leather, and fresh carpet. it hits the palate equally with applesauce, smoke, and basement flavors. the taste is probably the most complex i’ve experienced in a cider. the lingering flavor is concentrated apple with a hint of campfire, which is suprisingly tame for something produced with such wild methods. this really represents the apex of cidermaking, at least until someone develops a new layered experience. drinking this makes me want to seek it out at the source, learn from its maker, and eat a meal in Victot-Pontfol paired with this exquisite beverage. The best I’ve had to date.. thanks Sean! ComradeK (1260) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2010
750ml bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours a hazy dark gold, with a surprisingly long-lasting head, for a cider. The nose has an alcoholic background to it, with sweet apple and woody notes mingling in the foreground. It begins with a rich, deep, well-rounded feel on the palate, with complex apple flavours playing in the mouth, and hints of oaked chablis. This is truly amazing. It shows the complexity that is achievable through quality cider brewing. A delightful cider. vicepeddler (24) - Broomfield, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Tart, sour, musty, shoe leather, dank apple nose. Pours murky golden with nice natural carbonation. Very little head. Funky, sweet, bacon and tart apple flavor. Smoked meat lingers on the back of the palate. Exceptionally unique and palatable. If you are accustomed to American "ciders" prepare to be taken to church on this one. Not a sugarry, malternative crap- bomb. Marvelous and enlightening. Blockley (104) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 2008 Bottle @ home Adverse2Bitter (35) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
I expected a good cider, but not this good. Truly superb. Pours a lovely hazy amber/gold colour, while the head eventually fades to nothing it lingers for a surprising long time. The aroma is delightful, comprising of rich apple and woody features. The flavour and palate is perfect; wonderfully balanced from beginning to end. Will buy it again.
Purchase Oct 2006 at discount
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Hands down the best cider I have ever had, And I have had quite a few. Golden yellow color that looks like it is alive. Darker around the edges off the glass ( like wine ) It looks so nice I had to go show my wife. Armors of way more than apples. The oak comes through clear as a bell, along with some light herbal fragrances. The teats is to die for. More think and dense that I was expecting. The herds and oak are here to. Carbonation is way less then I was expecting. Similar to a lot of stouts or porters, not like other ciders that are more like sparkling wines. Highly recommended. It like a elixir of life.
Appearance: sun-bleached orange with a steady stream of bubbles thanks to bottle-conditioning. Pours vivacious with a solid head and bubbly collar. TAR (2793) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Nose: freshly pulped apples and orchard musk. Tingle of tartness and tannins in the back; apple skins. Green pears. Musk, leather, and hay dust along the edges. Cinnamon powder.
Palate: pulpy, chewy, fresh. Skins and seeds and musk follow fresh pressed apple flesh. Full mouthfeel – chewy and bubbly in front, then creamy and juicy with a dry musky finish. Tartness in the middle follows into the finish. Green pear musk.
Final Thoughts: whoa… A champagne of ciders to be sure. Of the earth. Terroir. Dirtoir. Laden in orchard bloom, musk, dew, and juicy breeze. It would be interesting to see how this cider would age and so I must acquire another bottle or three.
2005 vintage: Pristine yellow gold. White head nosily fizzles as it slowly diminishes into a consistent, well-retained collar. Zingy, saliva-inducing aromas of unripe peaches, grass, melon, leather, bandage, dried apples, and musty basement. Notably minerally as well. Hints of iron and cedar. Soft, big-bubbled crackle of carbonation. Soft, well-rounded lactobacillus tartness immediately fuses with a bright kiss of explosive fruit which packs supple weight and a high concentration of refined sweetness. Notes of leather and oak gorgeously contrast with the slick body and remarkably succulent apple character as they lend light grip. Complexity is through the roof, and the balance is awe-inspiring. Brett-derived phenols crisply sparkle with pinpoint definition which echoes the equally snappy apple profile. Perfumey esters enhance the lift and bolster the quaffable nature of the cider. Borderline-brisk acidity lightly buckles the cheeks as it lends slight firmness to the otherwise resoundingly juicy body. Faint apple skin bitterness complements the structure as it harmonizes with the poignant yet artfully understated oak character. Tannins are nonexistent which allows the fruit to showcase its pureness. Acid continually teases the palate as it wavers in and out of the dense residuals. Lovely interplay between dryness and sweetness as it finishes with a lengthy fusion of pineapple, peach, musty cellar, and vibrant apples. Both a rustic and extravagant cider from France’s finest. Not stocking this by the case should be a sin. This is divine.