Ice Cider (Cidre de Glace)
Although the Québecquois were not allowed to produce cider of any sort until a change in the alcohol laws in the 1970s,ice cider has now become Québec’s answer to Ontario’s ice wine. It is produced mainly in the Montérégie and
This is simply nectar of apple on the nose. Lovely, delicate, sweetish appley palate. Mainly Macintosh apples. 90/100
This is aged longer than the ‘straight’ Neige. There’s less of a fresh apples feel on the nose, and much more of a British cider-like nose. The palate is much less fresh too, and again, much more cider-like in its flavours – but overall, it’s very definitely a sweet wine, and not a sweet cider. 88/100
This is made from apples left to freeze on the tree. It has more of a fresh apple nose than the neige éternelle, but not so much as the plain neige. On the palate, this is the most wine-like, and certainly most ice-wine like in its searing purity and concentration of apple fruit. Not oversweet. Very fresh and clean. 91/100
Leduc-Piedimonte, Rougemont, Québec
Domaine Leduc-Piedimonte is based in Rougemont, the apple capital of Québec. It is owned and operated by Robert McKeown and Andrée St-Denis, the name of the company coming from their maternal grandmothers surnames. The company is a member of Slow Food.
Cider isn’t normally my drink, but I found this to be a crisp, dry, refreshing sparkling cider.
This has a gentle, subtle apple nose. Clean, crisp and precise on the palate. 89/100
Quite honeyed on the nose. Very elegant palate. You could easily be fooled into thinking this was a riesling ice wine. Not really very appley at all. 90/100
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Last updated: 27 April 2009