Domaine Johanna Cécillon Cider Nérios
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Domaine Johanna Cécillon uses no pesticides or insecticides in processing their cider, as they are committed to organic production.
- Nérios is a dry cider that is powerful and tannic and surprises the consumer with its alcohol content of more than 7%.
- This cider has natural bubble formations – no sulfur or carbonation is added.
Varietal Composition: Hard Cider
Elaboration: The Terroir of the orchard is granitic and loamy soil. This bittersweet apple orchard faces south and are less dense with grass strips, which promotes diversity. The apples were manually harvested from September to December. The fruits were stored in bags under shelter for better ripeness. The fermentation takes place in tanks and then the cider is blended with natural yeasts in oak barrels. It is bottled in May and a second fermentation occurs in the bottle. Wild yeasts are necessary to make the natural foam, it can have some turbidity (cloudiness).
Tasting Notes: Nérios is a copper color, with fine bubbles. It has a slight caramel, licorice, and vanilla flavor on the palate, with a hint of bitterness on the finish.
The nine distinct orchards yield apples that vary from sweet, bitter-sweet, bitter, and sour. Soils range from Granitic with shallow loam to rich, deep loam. Depending on the variety, the apples are harvested by hand from September through December and stored in bags under shelter for better ripeness. In compliance with its organic certification, Domaine Johanna Cécillon uses no pesticides or insecticides.