Maker: Le Brun, Plovan, Finistère, Brittany, France
Purchased for $9/750 ml
Appearance: Dark gold with a foamy head.
Nose: Yeast, tannin, mineral water, apple juice.
Palate: Medium bodied and tannic. Semi-dry. Overaged white wine, tart apple, wood, gravel dust.
Finish: Semi-sweet with a subdued tang on the back end.
Parting words: The family owned Le Brun cidery has been in business since 1955 in a tiny costal commune in the department of Finistère at the western tip of Brittany. I wasn’t able to find any more information on this maker. They do have a website and, although it is enjoyable for its charming unidiomatic English, it is hard to maneuver.
I’ve reviewed Breton ciders before and I’ve like them all. This will not change the pattern. I love this cider. It has depth and complexity (and tannins) but is still refreshing and very food friendly. I had in one night with poached salmon and the next night with fried chicken. It did well both times. At $8 you’d be stupid NOT to buy it. The fact that it’s organic is a nice bonus too. Le Brun Organic Cider is highly recommended.