Coteau Rougemont: Cidre de Glace Grande Réserve 2013
Cider: Cidre de Glace Grande Réserve 2013
Origin: Rougemont, Québec, Canada
Label Description: “Our Grande Réserve Ice Cider is made from the cryoextraction of apples from our best orchards of Rougemont. It is fermented and aged in barrels for one year. This cider presents a nose of candied apple, peach, and pear with floral notes of acacia honey. On the palate it is rich and silky, with a lovely freshness leading to a long and elegant finish.”
Color: Amber, clear
Aroma: Honey with secondary notes of raisins
Carbonation: None (still cider)
Flavor Profile: Sweet apple and honey with secondary notes of raisin
Overall Thoughts and Rating
What makes this cider so special is how it was produced. Unlike most ice ciders where the apples are pressed and then the juice is frozen, the apples that went into this cider were allowed to freeze on the tree and then pressed. The result is a smooth, nuanced ice cider that is sweet without being too sweet. This ice cider makes for a delectable after-dinner treat, and it is fun to sip away on and try to identify the various flavors. If you are lucky enough to come across this ice cider, do yourself a favor and grab a bottle.
The Grand Réserve was my first full review experience of an ice cider, and it did not disappoint. This was such a nice, sweet cider that would be perfect to have after dinner, much in the same way that you would port wine. The sweet apple and honey flavors were so nice and smooth throughout the sip, and there was a wonderful raisin aftertaste. I really wish it were easier to find this cider, but unfortunately, it requires a drive to the Montréal area. Should you find yourself there or if you are a fan of ice ciders, you really owe it to yourself to try this one.