Sydre Brut, Eric Bordelet

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Sydre Brut, 2019, Eric Bordelet

A classic dry cider with fresh acidity and elegance

Region: Normandy, France
Grape(s): Apples
Genre: Organic & biodynamic
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Yellow and red apples, a little green apple kick, mellow texture

Eric Bordelet was a sommelier at 3 Michelin-starred Arpège, in Paris, until cult natural wine producer Didier Dagueneau convinced him to make a natural cider at his family’s ancestral orchards in Normandy in 1992. He has around 19 hectares of biodynamically farmed orchards, planted on a mix of schist and sedimentary rocks in southern Normandy with around fifteen varieties of pear planted and more than twenty varieties of apple. The ciders and perries are made essentially as ‘pet-nats’ – so they are single fermentation sparkling, with bottling happening during fermentation to allow it to finish in the bottle giving delicate bubbles and low alcohol.

Sydre Brut is a dry apple cider made from a mix of around twenty apple varieties, fermented in stainless steel before bottling during the fermentation. It is fresh and zippy with plenty of acidity balancing the ripe the nature of the fruit. It is like biting into a crunchy red apple, with depth and complexity in equal measures with gluggability (yes, that is a word).