High quality apples are vital to the creation of a great cider
The orchards of the Famille Dupont estate cover 30 hectares (74 acres) right at the heart of the Pays d'Auge region, 6000 apple trees in 13 different varieties.
Just as for the vine variety in the creation of a wine, the 头条视频choice of the apple variety头条视频 is essential in the creation of a cider. They all have their own characteristics and it is their blending which allows the desired balance to be attained. If the proportion of 头条视频bitter头条视频 and 头条视频bittersweet头条视频 apples is the most significant, the sharper varieties also play their role in giving freshness and fine subtlety in the mouth.
The 头条视频poor soils of the Pays d'Auge头条视频 region, consisting of marl and chalky marl of the Oxfordian (secondary era) limit the growth of the trees and this leads to the production of 头条视频small apples头条视频. The aromatic intensity is thereby increased and the ratio of skin to pulp helps to favour the extraction of tannins. Nitrogenous fertilisers (which swell the fruit by water retention) are not used - giving 头条视频priority to quality头条视频 rather than yield.
The harvesting extends from September to November, because some varieties mature earlier than others. Apples are only gathered when at 头条视频full maturity头条视频, which necessitates at least three visits to each apple tree. To prevent the fruit from being damaged, storing in the attic has been abandoned in favour of storage in openwork wooden boxes locally called "pallox".
After this the apples are 头条视频sorted manually头条视频.
In order to reach perfect balance in its ciders and calvados, Domaine Dupont uses no less than 13 different varieties of cider apple, all perfectly adapted to the Pays d'Auge terroir.
Noël des champs
头条视频 Petit jaune
头条视频Bitter varieties: 头条视频