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
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.
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  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.
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.
Loïc Raison  Dégustation Cider
85 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of water chestnuts, greens, graphite, apples with hard cheeses, and eucalyptus with a lightly tannic, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length bee pollen and chamomile finish. A vinous, somewhat austere cider with a structure to elevate the meal.