Julien Fremont - Brut Nature Cidre 2018
Region: Calvados (Pays d'Auge) / Normady
This enticing cider begins with a very slow natural fermentation of the juice during the cold Normandy autumn and winter. The cider is then bottled and continues fermenting in the bottle until the sugar is fermented out. This usually results in an alcohol level between 5.5% and 6.1% and the current batch is 5.5%.
Unlike many of the cider producers who display the Pays d’Auge appellation of their labels, Julien deliberately sits outside the appellation because it requires the cider to be semi-sweet, and he likes his cider to be drier than required by the appellation authorities. He also does not use systemic sprays, instead opting for organic and biodynamic farming as well as natural fermentation of the juice rather than adding foreign yeasts.