About Cider from France

About Cider from France
Where does one start when discussing wine and France? As well as being one of the two leading wine-producing countries in the world (along with Italy - the numbers are extremely close every year), it is the spiritual birthplace of so many famous wines, from the great red and white Burgundies to the esteemed red wines of Bordeaux as well as the world's finest sparkling wine, Champagne. While these wines have been celebrated and praised for many decades and can be found on the finest wine lists around the world, there have been problems for French wines in overall sales - the belief that French wines are necessarily expensive does not help. This is especially true with younger buyers, as strict French wine laws have meant that the country's producers are limited regarding innovation. Thus France has lost market share to numerous New World Countries such as the US, Chile and Argentina and even to its neighbor, Italy. Still, French wines are undisputed as far as respect around the world and there have been some marketing campaigns lately that have driven sales for wines such as Cotes-du-Rhone and those from Provence. It is obvious that French wines will always be held in great regard by consumers and critics alike.

Top Picks for France


Kystin  Secret Ice Cider
97 points
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried apples and honeycomb with a supple, tangy, moderately sweet fat body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with notes of honeyed kumquats, apple and apricot skins, tangerine, and lemon spritz. A deliciously mouthwatering, not-too-sweet Ice Cider with fantastic purity, depth, and acidity.
Kystin  Opalyne Brut French Cider
95 points
Best Buy
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted apples and nuts, dried pear, and strawberry jam with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with suggestions of apple and pineapple shrub, baking spices, and fallen trees in the forest. A delightfully deep and flavorful French Cider for all occasions.
95 points $7 Best Buy
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.
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.
Louis Raison  Rouge Délice Cider
92 points
Deep amber color. Aromas of baked apple pie, geranium, and sorghum with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length caramel, golden raisin, roasted walnuts, and roasted banana finish. A sweet, nutty treat that could be a cider stand-in for port.
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.
Louis Raison  Low Alcohol Cider
90 points
Bright copper color. Aromas of pure fresh apples with a silky, vibrant, petillant, sweet medium body and a smooth, brisk hint of orange finish. A ripe, focused cider with pure apple flavor and food-friendly tannins; wildly accessible, completely sessionable.
Louis Raison  Original Crisp Cider
88 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of banana and brown sugar cookie with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an even, breezy nuts in toffee, honey-nut cheerios, and caramel cream finish. A nutty, table-friendly cider that will pair quite well with hazelnut crusted meats.
Kystin  Cuvée XVII Apple-Chestnut Cider
87 points
Gold color. Rustic aromas and flavors of grassy mud, oiled leather, mushroomy forest floor, and smoked celery with a supple, racy, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long finish with accents of apple sauce in a teak bowl, apple core and seed, carob-caramel-nut cookie, and cedar mulch. An assemblage of earthy, fruity, and woody tones make this a good choice for adventurous sessions and pairings.
Ecusson  BIO Cider
85 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Aromas of pineapple leaves, cracked pepper, button mushrooms, green apple, butterscotch, and horseradish/kraut with a lightly tannic, bright, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, brisk nut skins and turmeric powder finish. A liberated and wild cider for the adventurous.