The Cider Crate


Rosewood – Pomme D’or

Cider Profile:

Name: Rosewood – Pomme D’or
Sampled May 2021

Brand: Rosewood Winery Estates
Type: Cyser  – Apple Spirit
Location of Brewing: Beamsville, On
ABV: 20%
Website Link:
Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 500ml (bottle)
Availability: Rosewood online and retail
Flavour: Apple
Colour: Transparent rust
Carbonation: Still

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Strong aroma. Caramelized sweet apples with a light astringency
Initial Taste: Minimal bite. Sweet thick and syrupy caramelized apple with a slightly burnt honey note
After Taste: Elements from the barrels become more noticeable (woody and earthy) as the apples reduce. Lingers a while but with little apple elements.
On ice: Watered down and much less flavourful

Additional Notes:  The Pomme D’Or by Rosewood Estate Winery is a Cyser (apples with honey) that has been fortified into a dessert-style spirit at 20%.  It’s sweeter than many other apple spirit offerings yet still has a nice kick.  Honey provides a unique element, along with the barreling notes that are not overpowering.  

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 2
Sour – 2
Crisp – 1
Dry – 4
Fruity – 3 

From Rosewood Winery: The cyser-Bochet (Cyser being honey wine made with apple and bochet being a honey wine made of burnt hone) is bone dry, all sugar was consumed during ferment or the forced caramelization of the honey prior to ferment. Wild fermented. It was aged for 1.5 years in French oak prior to 1.5 years in freshly emptied calvados barrels (French apple brandy barrels, very rare to get). It was bottled without filtration or fining. It’s a one of a kind production

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Kings Mill – Ice Cider
More Sour – Calvados Boulard – Pays ‘dauge
More Dry – Loch Mor – Pommeau
More Crisp – County Cider – Prince Edward County Ice Cider

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Dupont – Cidre Reserve

Cider Profile:

Name:   Dupont – Cidre Reserve
Sampled October 2019

Brand: Famille Dupont
Type: Apple – French Cidre
Location of Brewing:
Victot-Pontfol, France
Website Link:
Gluten Free:
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml  (bottle)
LCBO Vintages 
Rusty Orange
Medium, streaming bubbles, some foam.

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Medium aroma, semi-astringent and earthy.  Some creamy notes and old-world apples. Some caramel and vanilla
Initial Taste: Light bite from carbonation, followed by a smooth, semi-sweet and crisp clean heritage apple flavour.  Some pear and wood notes.
After Taste: Mild tanginess, has some spices that add to the woodiness. Not overly long lingering but has a slight film. Calvados more present in the aftertaste, and the longer the bottle is open.
On ice: Carbonation, calvados and some harshness reduced.

Additional Notes:  Clean, smother and lighter then most French ciders of this nature, the Dupont Cidre Reserve is apple forward and very easy to drink.  Smells much mustier then it actually is, the barrel-aging adds a nice, simple and light kick of calvados spirit – especially the warmer the cider gets. You also get a pleasant wood flavour from the barrels. Lightly spiced but very clean.

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 3.5
Sour – 2.5
Crisp – 3.5
Dry – 3
Fruity – 3

Next recommendations:
More Sweet –
More Sour – Eric Bordelet – Poire Autentique
More Dry – Le Pere Jules – Cidre de Normandy
More Crisp – Pierre Huet – Appellation Cirde Pays D’auge Protegee

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