Some press articles commenting on the ciders and calvados of the Domaine Dupont...
The french independant consumer magazine Que Choisir has rated Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouché as one of very best choices in the cider category:
Cidre Bouché : 15.3 / 20 - 2 stars
Refreshing and aromatic, round, this modern cider achieves a beautiful symbiosis, while keeping its originality with hints of liquorice and honey, and a controlled bitterness.
Tasting comments by Alexandre Vingtier in "Their last personal purchase" :
Cidre Reserve 2015:
This cider is a judicious blend of bittersweet and acid apples manually sorted, fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured in calvados casks and is unpasteurized. Fine bubbles, spicy and fruity on apple, pear, citrus and pineapple: a gourmet cider ideal as an aperitif.
This contest is organised in Hong Kong with a 100% Asian jury, chaired by Mr Nelson Chow, president of the Hong Kong and China Sommeliers Association.
Domaine Dupont has been awarded twice:
"In Normandy, Young Ambition Stirs a Traditional Brandy"
Jason Wilson of The New York Times has visited Normandy to meet the new generation of Calvados producers, "a serious group of younger producers, who have banded together under the name Esprit Calvados". Domaine Dupont is one of them... Read the article...
This contest was held during the Singapore Beerfest Asia 2013. This is an award given for the best beer or cider produce you can find in Singapore.
Domaine Dupont has been awarded with Gold in the Cider Category :
This contest is organised in Hong Kong with a 100% Asian jury, chaired by Mr Nelson Chow, president of the Hong Kong Sommeliers Association.
Domaine Dupont has been awarded four times:
Finishing 1st and 2nd in the "Bottle Conditioned / Methode Champenoise Cider" category, Domaine Dupont has been awarded with two silver awards:
Cidre Bouché: 塞尔达奥尔龙Best in Class塞尔达奥尔龙 and Silver Award (1st place)
Cidre Reserve: Silver Award (2nd place)
A nice presentation of Domaine Dupont on Norwegian TV, hosted by John Kaare Hoversholm, directed by Finn-Erik Rognan (aired 7th july 2011)
In his article on ciders from all countries, famous wine critic Eric Asimov puts Domaine Dupont on the top of the list:
"First among my favourites is the Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché, which I've been buying for years. Like many of the top ciders, this comes in a wine-size bottle, topped with a cork. The Dupont is always vintage dated, and the ciders clearly differ from year to year. The 2009, which is currently on shelves, is not as intense as some previous years, but it is dry and deliciously pure, with maybe a hint of caramel to it."
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In his article on apple brandy and Calvados "Falling for the taste of apple in a glass", Jason Wilson talks about Domaine Dupont in these terms:
"My favorite affordable Calvados is probably Domaine Dupont Calvados Fine Reserve, aged a minimum of three years, with an irresistibly freash aroma, an intense apple taste and a buttery finish."
In an article on wine pairing with indian food, the chief wine critic Eric Asimov describes Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouché as his favorite cider...
"It was one of my favorite ciders, a 2007 Brut de Normandie Cidre Bouché from Etienne Dupont, a great producer from Calvados country who sells his unfiltered, unpasteurized ciders in cork-topped 750-milliliter bottles, which are generally under $10. The cider had just a touch of welcome funk to it, a bit of a wet wool aroma that I felt contributed complexity, and while the cider tasted dry because it was so well balanced, it also had a bit of apple-like sweetness to it — a kabinett cider! I thought with its combination of kabinett sweetness and Champagne bubbles, it went perfectly with the Indian food. And only 5.5 percent alcohol."
"The first cider sampled was the Cidre Organic Etienne Dupont. Organic and unfiltered, it reminded me of Belgium ale with its earthy, tart flavors. The nose is powerful and complex with a nice balance between bitterness and acidity. This could go with many other dishes besides Indian food. "
"The next bottle is decidedly different. The Cidre Bouché seems to have a little more carbonation and definitely less yeast. Consider this a “user friendly” cider if you get my drift, with a little more acid and a cleaner finish. Both of these ciders are about four percent alcohol, so one or two at lunch won’t kill you. Again, this one could pair with many food items, but now I am going for dessert with a warm slice of apple pie and melted cheddar cheese."
"My taste buds really perked up with the next cider, their Cidre Reserve. After fermentation, this cider is transferred into barrels containing Calvados that have just been emptied. It will slowly continue fermenting and maturing for six months. This process gives the cider much more complexity and a touch more alcohol, bringing it to 7.5 percent. I’ll just drink this by itself, thank you."
"Now for my favorite: the Cuvee Colette. This cider is put through a secondary fermentation, like Champagne called Méthode Champenoise. I won’t go into this right now, but if you like sparking wine, you will most likely enjoy this cider. It is clean and crisp, with a little more acid than I expected. Delicate and fresh, it would be excellent compliment to a soft cheese such as Camembert or Pierre Robert."
In its special issue on Normandy ciders, the magazine consecrated a double page spread to the Domaine Dupont and commented on two blends:
Cidre Reserve : "Strong in alcohol, powerful and refined, its powerful flavours heightened by being barrel aged will be a marvel with white meat, such as a veal blanquette, and also with a Normandy raw milk cheese."
塞尔达奥尔龙Givre : "Rare, this ice cider delights all the senses, the eyes with its amber colour, the nose with its aromas of salt butter toffee, and the taste buds with its sweetness and aromas of Tart Tatin."
La Cuvee Colette 2004 was chosen "塞尔达奥尔龙Drink of the Month塞尔达奥尔龙" by the magazine:
"This dry cider is well worth discovering, with its fine firm mousse: Cuvee Colette has aromas of sharp green apples and citrus fruits. Wonderful with prawns, “Normandy style” veal chops, apple with black pudding Tatin or a delicate cheese."
Cidre Reserve 2004 : "An elegant cider, mature (because it is aged in Calvados barrels) with dominant aromas of apple together with hints of lemon and orange. In the mouth, the attack shows flavours of apples, orange, licorice and hints of vanilla. This cider has acquired a fine structure thanks to its sojourn in barrels, and can be served at table. Serve with foie gras and apple chutney."
In its article “Voyage en Normandie” the Japanese language version of Harper’s Bazaar gives pride of place to the Domaine Dupont.