La Maison Ferré

Cidre de Perche
Gregoire Ferré

Gregoire Ferré left his familial farm in 2009 and crossed the valley in the Perche part of Normandy to purchase 60 hectares. This farm has 24 hectares of orchards both apples and pears, 30 hectares of cereals and the rest pastureland for cattle. His father continues to look after the dairy cows on the old family farm across the valley. The previous owner of Gregoire’s farm produced calvados but not cider, which Gregoire began in 2010. Although not certified organic, Gregoire Ferré farms without the use of chemicals.


Cidre Brut “La Cave de Gabriel”

This cider is named for the grandfather of Gregoire’s wife. It is blended from up to 30 varieties of apples with the goal of balancing freshness (acidity) fruity/floral aromas and tannins. The apples are harvested between September and mid-December once they have fallen to the ground. Gregoire uses an old press built in 1954 that was designed to be mobile so that it would make the rounds from farm to farm during and after harvest time. It extracts only 50% of the possible juice and takes two hours to clean in between pressings, so it is not practical, but for Gregoire the results justify the pain. The fermentation occurs from indigenous yeasts and the cider is bottled without the addition of more yeast. It finishes its fermentation in bottle over the course of at least 3 months.


Cider Tasting October 24th * Pat's Pastured Dinner *
November will be Austrian Food & Wine Celebration
month at Chez Pascal!
dazzling leaves, pumpkins, cider, autumn is here
We have many wonderful events coming up that will pair nicely with this stunner of season!
Cider Tasting during Wurst Lunch
Saturday, October 24th
No other fruit unites the fine qualities of all fruits as does the apple. For one thing, its skin is so clean when you touch it that instead of staining the hands it perfumes them. Its taste is sweet and it is extremely delightful both to smell and to look at.
Thus by charming all the senses at once,
it deserves the praise that it receives. ~ Plutarch
Cider making is a centuries long tradition in Northwest France. Each cider producing area has developed
a regional style using local varieties.
Join us this Saturday afternoon during Wurst Kitchen Lunch from 11:30 - 2:30, try a flight of 3 different ciders
or enjoy a glass or two!
Perfectly refreshing and a well suited libation for all things Wurst!
Leigh from Wine Traditions, an importer of fantastic small artisanal cider makers, will be here to discuss the beauty of these ciders.
The Line Up:
La Maison Ferre, Cidre Brut, La Cave de Gabriel, Perche Normandy
Cave de La Loterie, Cidre Extra-Brut, Suisse Normande, Normandy
Le Val de la Chevre, Cidre Brut, Ille et Vilaine, Brittany
Plus a perfect time to taste and plan for the Season! Ciders are available for retail purchase at the lovely Campus Fine Wines!

Region: Normandie / Bretagne

The list of apple varieties grown in France is daunting with over 600 varieties having been identified. Over the centuries, apple varieties have been cultivated locally, so that from one small area of Normandy or Brittany to the next, the varieties of apples will change and thus so will the expressions of the ciders. The varieties are categorized by flavor type: tart, bitter, sweet, tart-sweet and bitter-sweet. Each cider producing area has developed a regional style based on their particular blend of flavor types and using the local varieties within each category...

In the last couple of years Barbara and I have been attracted to wines with lower and lower alcohol levels and French ciders at 4% to 5.5% certainly meet that criterion. More importantly, though, the ciders that we have chosen achieve the difficult balance of our favorite wines, which is the combination of lightness and intensity.

All industrial and most independent cider producers have abandoned traditional methods of cider production and prefer to use selected yeasts for fermentation, pasteurization to end the primary fermentation and gasification instead of a natural secondary fermentation.

Happily, there is still a group of cider producers who want to make cider following the traditions of natural yeasts and without using either pasteurization or gasification. These are the producers that are passionately resisting the sterility of modernization and who merit our support.