The Dupont family has a long history, dating back 3 centuries, and starting in the cider, pommeau, and calvados business in 1887. (And an interesting fact for us females of the beverage industry is that it hasn’t been just men at the reins of this company! A wife took hold after her husband died, and now currently a brother and sister co-own it together.) The estate consists of about 30 hectares (74 acres).
This is the Etienne-Dupont Cidre Reserve 2011 that has been aged in Calvados barrels for 6 months.
Their website is absolutely divine, full of tasting notes, serving suggestions, and lovely pictures of the estate!
Aroma: apples, white grapes, granny smith apples, apricot, I always get this really refreshing barnyard farmstead smell from their ciders, like fresh hay. It is one of the reasons is pairs so well with wash rind cheeses like Taleggio, Grayson, and the cheese featured in the picture the Cantal. (tasting notes on Cantal here!)
Taste: A lovely blend of all of the aromas mentioned above. The calvados definitely gives this cider a well rounded sweetness that makes it a bit more complex than their other ciders.
Mouthfeel: The age on this cider creates a smooth mouthfeel, the carbonation is subtle but still refreshing.
This cider is currently on draft at The Birch!