Best buys | Le Lieu Chéri Cidre Fermier Demi-Sec - a real bargain

Best buys

Le Lieu Chéri Cidre Fermier Demi-Sec - a real bargain

If you’re looking to keep the cost of entertaining down this Christmas you could do a great deal worse than buy a case of Normandy cider.

This is one I was sent the other day by a Birmingham wine merchant called Connolly’s and comes from Serge Desfrieches & Fils. It’s medium dry with an intense, very natural apple flavour and slightly more sweetness than you’d get with a traditional English cider. And at just 4% it would make great party drinking

There’s also a slightly stronger (5%) drier (brut) version which I thought would be a lovely cider for a cheeseboard (especially with Camembert and cheddar) or with roast pork, chicken and even turkey*, a softer sweeter ‘doux’ at just 3% which which I could imagine drinking with lighter Christmas puddings and stollen and a perry or Poiré, the most elegant of the four, which you could easily substitute for a white wine with fish.

I know you can buy English - and Welsh - ciders but these ciders are really quite distinctive and extraordinarily reasonable in price. All are £3.95 for a full-size champagne-style bottle (they’re all gently sparkling) except for the Poiré which is £5.95. If you don't finish them over Christmas they'd be perfect for a pancake day party.

* Especially for Boxing Day.


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Comments: 2 (Add)

Fiona Beckett on December 8 2013 at 08:59

I totally agree and you'll see I included it in this post I wrote I while ago!

Chris Walters on December 8 2013 at 06:47

If matching food with drink is your thing then the most natural pairing is Somerset cider with a good mature cheddar, the French may know their wine but in Somerset we know about pairing cheddar with cider , want to spend a little bit more then go for the organic

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