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

Kystin  Opalyne Brut French Cider
95 points
$7
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
Loic Raison  Cidre Rubis
93 points
$4
Sunburst color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate-covered berries, orange liqueur, cherry compote on vanilla gelato, hints of coconut, and caramel with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish displaying shades of watercress. A boldly fruity, balanced and fun French Cider.
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.
Ecusson  Cidre Bio Doux
92 points
$3
Golden yellow color. Aromas of sweet corn bread with honey butter, apple jelly, coriander, fresh cut grass, and cedar with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length sweet ginger and honeycrisp apples finish. A low-alcohol, French cider on the sweet side that’s grown up and food-friendly.
Loic Raison  Cidre de Dégustation
92 points
$4
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of baked apple, hints of pineapple, caramel, and marmalade with a satiny, racy, petillant, dry light body and a tingling, quick finish evoking notes of bubblegum. A funky dry cider with unexpected flavors; pair with rich fatty cheeses.
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.
Loic Raison  Cuvée Réserve Cidre
89 points
$4
Amber color. Aromas of whiskey barrel, toffee, singed apple pie, and cedar with a lightly tannic, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length toasted marshmallow, whiskey, black tea, and tart cherry finish. A rich, almost oaky Cider for whiskey lovers.
Bayeux 2020 Edouard, Le Généreux Cider
89 points
$8
Golden amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of apple fruit leather, butter, orange gelee, hints of spearmint, and tobacco with a round, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish conveying shades of baked plum and apple. A complex and vinous French Cider with excellent food affinity.
Ecusson  Bio Brut
85 points
$3
Bright old gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of new leather, pressed flowers, green apples, and feta with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of lemon pith and honeycomb. A great cheese pairing, this earthy and wild cider offers interesting flavors and a crisp bite on the finish.