Eric Bordelet 2016 'Granit' Poire, Pays d'Auge
Item Number: 11964
Sub Region: Pays d'Auge
Grape(s): 100% Heirloom Pear
Type: Cider - Normandy Style Cider
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 5
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Granite
Terroir Notes: Eric Bordelet's Granit Poiré is a special bottling produced from 300-year-old heirloom pears trees that are around 70 feet tall. The trees are on a friend's farm around 6 miles from Eric's domaine. They are planted on granite soil and dry farmed.
Production Notes: The pears are picked by hand. The pallets are placed in a dry and aired location to dehydrate the fruit for 3 to 5 weeks. The pears are ground and simply pressed. Pressing is followed by settling and racking several times to clarify and to slow down fermentation. The poiré is filtered and bottled during fermentation with no additional sugar or chaptalization. Bubbles develop within two weeks of bottling.
Tasting Notes: Granit is deliciously complex. The nose expresses stone notes (think chalk, flint), fresh herbs and mint. These aromas are joined by notes of pear, quince, apple and caramel. An elegant palate with a delicate bead offers acidulated orchard fruit flavors. This poiré is one that will benefit from aging.
About Eric Bordelet: Formerly the sommelier at one of Paris' most famous Michelin 3-star restaurants (Arpege), Eric Bordelet was encouraged by his good friend Didier Dageneau to pursue his dream of making world-class cider in his native Normandy. Moving back to his family's farm, Eric was blessed with some of the most exquisite raw material he could have ever wanted. There are some 22 varieties of apples on the farm and around 15 types of pear trees. 85% of the types of apples in the base cuvée come from heirloom or antique apple trees. Heirlooms are old varieties that have been grown, savored, and passed down for generations, sometimes for centuries. They come in every color, size, and shape and are all about flavor—usually exquisite, always unique. The entire production is farmed without chemicals, and the property was certified organic in 2005. You've never tasted cider like this.