About French Cider

About French Cider
French-style ciders range in alcohol from 3-10% and are typically full-bodied with lively carbonation and subtle sweetness. This category includes all French-produced and inspired ciders including Normandy-style ciders. These ciders are often available in larger format bottles enclosed with a cork and cage. French-style ciders are more wine-like than most styles, and can be incredibly complex with lively acidity making them a perfect pair for a wide array of cuisines.

Top Picks for French Cider

Ferme de Romilly  Extra Dry Cidre
95 points
Light gold color. Aromas of cantaloupe, dried sweet plantain, pressed flowers, chamomile tea, toasted pumpernickel, sundried tomatoes, and horse blanket with a slightly chewy, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nuanced, long crushed hazelnuts, dried mushrooms, tamarind, and artisan butter finish. A rustic and charming French cider that will be a hit among serious cider enthusiasts and wine-drinkers.
Ferme de Romilly 2015 Brut Cidre de Normandie
95 points
Bright sedimentary gold color. Aromas and flavors of leather saddle, apple compote on runny brie, reduced lemon, and artisanal exotic wood with a round, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish conveying accents of apple kaffir, honeyed fruit medley, and earth finish. A funky yet restrained French-style cider that exudes the summer countryside.
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Shield  Demi Sec Cider
94 points
Bright golden amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of caramelized apples, spicy nougat, sandstone and clay, and apple wood bark and sap with a satiny, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, long finish with suggestions of starfruit, spiced apples, and minerals finish. A vibrant and complex French style cider with great flavor and drinkability.
Loïc Raison  Rubis Cider
93 points
Dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry tart, orange zest, strawberry preserve, blackberry, clove, and straw with a lightly tannic, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish. Rustic berry flavors, palate-pleasing texture and a stylish vibe make this a conversation-worthy cider for the table.
Angry Orchard  Dear Brittany Hard Cider
93 points
Cloudy opaque golden amber color. Interesting, vegetal aromas and flavors of green banana and underripe nectarine, cucumber-zucchini relish, crusty apple-peach tart, and avocado seed on a forest floor with a round, tart, effervescent, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with notes of jicama and kiwi skin, nutskin, wet stones, and sea buckthorn finish. A juicy cider with outstanding acidity and hop-like tropicality for the New England-style IPA drinker.
Val de France  LAuthentique Doux French Cider
93 points
Clear gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of flaky apple pie crust, toffee, white balsamic drizzled dried pears, and worn leather with a round, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and an even, amusing, long finish with impressions of lemon spritzed green apples, tangerine, chalk, and rhubarb finish. A rock solid fruity French cider that is sure to please.
Ferme de Romilly 2015 Demi-sec Cidre de Normandie
93 points
Hazy light gold color. Elegant aromas and flavors of floral body powder, pine and haystack, white pepper, and smoky leather with a satiny, bright, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish imparting elements of violet, sponge cake, and licorice finish. A wonderfully flavorful and expressive French-style cider.
Awards: 2017 Best French Cider
Maison Hérout 2017 Grand Cuvée Extra-Brut French Cider
92 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pickled apples, golden kiwi, herb and cheese scone, and jasmine tea with honey with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying notes of dried apricot, ginger, toasted pine nuts, and bruleed citrus. A dry, appetizing French Cider with lovely balance and flavor integration.
Maison Hérout 2018 Cuvée Tradition French Cider
90 points
Bright gold color. Aromas of fallen golden apple, fallen lemon, and earth with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a compelling, brisk dried peach, hay, and parchment finish. A table-ready French Cider for cheese pairings with lots of earthy nuance.
E.Z. Orchards  Semi Dry Cidre
90 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Attractive aromas of spiced apple, ripe cheese, honey cake, zucchini bread, and dandelion with an effervescent, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long licorice, bitter persimmon, lemon peel, and ground mustard finish. A grippy French Cider with divine aromas and a balancing bitterness that will play very well at the table.