French cider makers seek pomme perfection

Jennifer Scouarnec uses up to 15 apple varieties in her Cidrerie de Rozavern cider blends

Cider is back with a fizzy bang in France. The Connexion shares un bol with the only AOP producers in Brittany

A young generation of Brittany cider producers is working to show that cider is a sophisticated drink, which deserves to be taken seriously.

It is not just a question of picking windfalls, pressing them and leaving them to ferment.

It is a full-time job, requiring scientific knowledge and constant monitoring to produce the end result, and is just as complex a procedure as wine making.

Cider in Brittany tends to be small scale, with each farm or artisanal maker working independently to create their own individual taste.

Each cider depends on getting just the right balance between apple variety, terroir, temperature and a number of other factors.

The Cidrerie de Rozavern, situated on the beautiful Presqu’île de Crozon, Finistère, produces 50,000 bottles a year of organic cider.

It is run by a young couple, Nicolas Mazeau and Jennifer Scouarnec, who took over the cider business from Nicolas’ mother.

They are on the route du cidre en Cornouaille, where the producers are the only ones in Brittany to have an Appellation d’Origine Protégée.

Nicolas Mazeau went to agricultural college in Normandy to ...

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