Duché de Longueville Antoinette (Sparkling Cider) – (Normandie, France)

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  • My Rating: C+

Duché de Longueville Antoinettee (Apple Cider), 4% ABV – 750ml, (Normandie, France)

  • also the producers of various non-alcoholic sparkling juices found at Superstore in Canada. (I’ve reviewed and given them ratings ranging from A- to B-)

Ingredients: Sparkling fermented apple juice – contains sulfites (to protect flavour). No added sugar.

  • Style: Apple Cider
  • Taste: Dry tart yeasty oaked apple cider
  • Where I got it : W. 16th Liquor Store
  • How much: $15 (after 10% off) – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: no

Visual: Sealed with a twisty top + real cork. Be careful this one is a gusher when opened. Pours a clear deep golden orange with a smallish mildy lasting bubbly head, clusters of fast activity, a thin layer of retention.

Nose: fruity apple juice but without much sugar, airy and slightly acidic (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: dry, fizzy, yeasty

Mid-palate: (lvl-0)-fruity-yet-dry sweetness, medium acidity, (MAIN) oaked apple, yeasty, light lemon citrus

Finish: tart & dry apple finish.

Summary: This one is deceptively dry considering the rich appearance and lively activity. I appreciate the burst of natural apple flavour but actually prefer my ciders somewhat sweeter. Thus I can’t say I love this one.