La Robeline Cidre de Jerri Dry Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: La Robeline Cider Company
Cider Name: Cidre de Jerri (Dry)
Region: Jersey
ABV: 4.5%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: Chilled 750ml bottle
Smell: Ripe apples
Colour: Dull yellow/orange
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: La Robeline market stall, Jersey
Date: 08/01/13

As I continue to take it a little easier on the cider, I am going to go for another cider that looks to be designed for the dinner table and not the pub. After the huge success yesterday, which was with the Once Upon A Tree Putley Gold, I am now going for the Cidre de Jerri by La Robeline Cider Company.

La Robeline are a cider company I discovered whilst on my trip to Jersey last month. They make their cider in the traditional french style of ‘cidre bouche’, which literally means cider in a corked bottle (or so I was told). The guys behind the company are Richard & Sarah Matlock and run it from their home in St Ouen. They learned the art of cider making in France and have subsequently brought it to Jersey and now make it from their local apples on the island. Since starting up in the mid 2000’s they have even managed to win some awards too, which include a “High Commended” prize (coming 4th out of 87 entries) at the Royal Bath & West Show in 2007 and a first prize in the International Cider Class 2009 for “the best bottled cider presented to the retail trade”. Personally I hadn’t heard of them before my visit, but it’s good to know this should be of fairly decent quality.

The bottle is simply labelled, has a picture of a steam engine with their ‘cider shack’ in tow and says it is made using traditional methods with local apples. It also mentions that a light sediment in the bottle is natural. As with any champagne style cider, this was extremely bubbly and has a constant stream of carbonation going on. This had the aroma of very ripe apples, which was bordering on rustic and had a very hazy yellow/orange colour. It wasn’t completely cloudy, as you could just see the other side of the glass, but it certainly isn’t anywhere near clear. There’s even some minor sediment in the bottle too, which I personally always like to see. Lovely jubbly!

Now onto the taste and I have to say it is pretty smooth and tasty. It’s a very light and sweet cider on the tongue initially, which then turns drier the more you have it and it has a gorgeous woody/cheesy aftertaste. It’s a cross between a farmhouse cider and a delicate French cider for me. There is some acidity to this with a lightly sour bite, but it has very little in the grand scheme of things. Though everything feels fairly well-balanced with what you do get and it has a moderate level of tannins. The style of cider isn’t necessarily my usual type I go for, but I do love the aftertaste on this one. It has a very similar feel to the Giard Cidre AOP Pays d’Auge I had whilst in Amsterdam. Overall, I can appreciate this cider and it’s a good alternative to a typical English cider, but I wouldn’t want to drink this too often.

Would I buy this again?: Yes but not too often.
Overall Rating: 8/10

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