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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