Eric Bordelet, once a famous sommelier at the famed 3-star Parisian restaurant L’Arpège, is now one of the most respected cider makers in France. After his time in Paris and at the urging of his friend, the legendary Didier Dagueneau, Eric returned to his family property in Charchigny, Normandy to make outstanding cider. In 1992 he took over his family business and taking the best of what he had learned about oenology, applied it to making cider.
The 2018 Poiré Authentique (5.0 % abv) is semi-dry with mouthwatering acidity. The pear flavors are a bit more delicate than in apple cider. The acidity and delicate flavors make this a great aperitif but it also pairs well with seafood—think seared scallops in a light cream sauce or broiled lobster with butter.