And now for something completely different...
Etienne Dupont, Cidre bouche brut de Normandie, France, 2010 $14
My rating for this bottle? I would drink a few sips (although it did grow on me).
Contrary to popular belief, I do drink other things besides wine (like coffee, whiskey, and beer... OK, OK and water and sweet tea, too). My cousin raves and raves about his favorite French cider to the point where one time he made me take a special trip to the wine shop to see if they had it. He insisted that French hard apple cider from Normandy was a regional thing and much different than English cider like Strongbow. He loves drinking it and just one sip transports his imagination back to the moment he first drank it in Normandy.
My first sip wasn't as pleasant as my cousin lead me to expect. The taste of fermented apples was overwhelming, not sweet at all, and the bubbles rushed down my throat making my eyes water. The taste was new to me, something very specific and definitely not like English cider. After a few sips the flavor started to grow on me. It became complex. I kept taking another sip to try and determine the nuances.
I would love to buy this again and have my cider drinking friends give me their feedback. Have you ever had a Normandy cider?