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Commune: La Folletière-Abenon (Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France)
La Folletiere is a low-branched orchard, planted in 1996 by Benoit’s father.
La Folletiere is made using over 12 different apple heritage varieties from a low-branched orchard, planted in 1996 by Benoit’s father. The apples varieties used include Rambeau, René Martin, Bedan, Binet Rouge, Mettais, and Frèquin. Each apple is used to a varying degree in order to produce a harmonious cider. The final blend is approximately 25% acidic/sour apples (Rambeau, René Martin…), 40% bittersweet apples (Bedan, Binet Rouge…), and 35% bitter apples (Mettais, Frèquin…).
The apples are hand-harvested and the wine is fermented using indigenous yeasts. It is made using methode ancestrale and it ages for 10 months on its fine lees in bottle.
The dosage varies according to the vintage but it is usually in the 35-40 g/L range.
Friardel is a high-branched orchard, planted by Benoit’s grandfather in 1965 and continuously farmed by his family since. The average age of the apple trees is 50 years old.
Apple Varieties: 49% bitter (Mettais, Frèquin...), 36% bittersweet (Binet Rouge, Bisquet), 15% tart (Rambeau, René Martin)
Terroir: Located in the Friardel commune, low-branched trees, soil of silt, flint, clay with chalk bedrock
Cider-making: Indigenous yeasts for both fermentations, bottled by gravity, 12 months on fine lees in bottle, disgorged.