Sainsbury’s Sparkling French Cider (Medium/Dry) Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Sainsbury’s (Made for them by Les Celliers Associés)
Cider Name: Sparkling French Cider (Medium/Dry)
Region: Brittany, France
ABV: 4%
Taste: Medium/Sweet
Served: Chilled 500ml bottle
Smell: Sweet apples
Colour: Amber/Orange
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Sainsbury’s
Date: 25/09/12

Now I’m back on a supermarket cider again and this time a Sainsburys Sparkling French Cider. Well it’s technically not made by then, but actually made by Les Celliers Associés for them. They have not tried to cover this up though, as it’s for all to see on the bottle. I hate it when someone says it is their cider and it blatently isn’t!

This particular cider is made in Brittany in France with 100% juice to it. It then goes on to say it is slowly fermented at low temperatures. So far so good I say!

When pouring it had like a mountain of froth forming in the glass, but this then settled fairly quickly to a quiet fizz. When I took a whiff of it, it had a strong sweet apple smell and a slight hint of alcohol. Not a hugely satisfying smell in my opinion.

Now after finally tasting it, it doesn’t really feel like a medium/dry that it says on the bottle. It is definitely more like a medium/sweet and has an apple pie feel like to the taste. It’s easy drinking, smooth, juicy, slightly sour and has a mild hint of tannins trying to break through. It feels like it is being held back somewhere and not showing its full potential. It’s tasty for sure, but the excitement factor just isn’t there on a huge scale. This could easily be a session cider of choice, but it’s just lacking a bit of va va voom for me. Still, for a supermarket cider it’s still fairly good and better than a Magners.

Would I buy this again?: Yes, but not a first choice
Overall Rating: 7/10

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