Old heirloom apple trees in Rhode Island. Photo: David Lillie

Apple Arrivals for Fall!

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As soon as the temperature drops below the 60 degree mark, there’s a thought that we can’t get off of our minds: apples. Whether you prefer them plucked directly from the tree, baked into any sort of dish you can imagine, fermented into cider, or distilled into the sweet nectar of life known as apple brandy, there is nothing more fall-like than apples. And, with New York Cider Week coming to an end, (and Thanksgiving right around the corner), there's no better time to highlight our selection of these products!

From the Aaron Burr Cidery, headed by Andy and Polly Giragosian, who make world-class ciders from foraged apples in Wurtsboro, NY to the estate of Adrian Camut (arguably the top Calvados producer in the world) there is something for everyone on this list, including never-before-seen Calvados bottled by none other than cider genius Eric Bordelet! The ciders featured here are food-friendly (or to be enjoyed after a meal in the case of distilled spirits: traditionally Calvados was consumed between courses to cleanse the palate during a hearty Norman feast), serious products that we hope make it onto your table this holiday season, regardless of the occasion. Tim Gagnon

Camut NV Calvados Pays d'Auge 6 ans d'âge

We have a wonderful customer who drinks a fair share of brandy and prefers the six year expression to the more exclusive bottlings --his preference is not unfounded. Camut 6 has delicious, green apple fruit with a hint of vanilla. A touch of oak smoke is there, but fruit is really the focus of this spirit. Six years may not sound like a long time, but trust us, it’s plenty. John Rankin

  • brandy
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $83.99

Camut Calvados Pays d'Auge Réserve de Semainville 25 ans d'âge

This bottling shows warm, baked apple flavors with delicious layers of oak and honey. The finish lasts and lasts, and even at 25 years of age the apple fruit is still intact and quite succulent. There are older Calvados from the estate, but to me this is the apex of fruit and oak with neither side overwhelming the other. This is a true experience and a wonderfully rare treat. John Rankin

  • brandy
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $249.99

Camut Pommeau de Domaine de Semainville Apéritif Normand

Looking for something new to try before or after your dinner? How about a Pommeau? Pommeau is the traditional blend of Calvados and unfermented apple cider that hardly ever makes its way out of Normandy. Very similar to Cognac’s Pineau des Charentes, Pommeau combines the fruity unfermented apple sugars spiked with a touch of aged brandy. In the fall it makes a wonderful apéritif, but for those afraid of sugary pre-dinner drinks, it would be delicious with cheese, and out-of-this-world with deserts featuring apples. Camut makes what is likely the best Calvados in the grand Cru “Pays d’Auge,” so it’s no surprise that their Pommeau is the best we have ever tasted.  John Rankin

  • brandy
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

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Aaron Burr Homestead Locational Ciders NV East Branch Apple Cider 500 ml

The apples for this bottling are sourced from the hills overlooking the East Branch Delaware River. Like all of the apples for their Homestead Ciders they are foraged from wild, abandoned orchards that have not been treated with chemicals for years. This cider is a beautiful amber color, is a touch off-dry with a sharp, tangy acidity, and is a bit more effervescent than some past releases. Classic woodsy, funky aromas mingle with hints of citrus, carrot, and baked apple and the palate is mineral and backed by sturdy tannins. This would definitely do well on your Thanksgiving table, and it would be interesting to see how it develops over the next couple of years. Tim Gagnon

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

Aaron Burr Homestead Ciders NV Malus Baccata Apple Cider 500 ml

This is a cider for the ages! It is made from a tiny (only 1 cm in diameter!) species of crabapple called Malus Baccata (commonly Siberian crabapple) that is native to much of northern Asia and were sourced from countless excursions to the abandoned orchards and woods between the Hudson Valley towns of New Paltz, Wurtsboro, and Parksville. Andy and Polly Giragosian chose to take on this painstaking task of using this wild apple based on the tannic and acidic qualities of this species, which they thought would result in a cider that is unparalleled in terms of depth, complexity, and age worthiness.  Add to this the fact that they have spent the past three years endlessly foraging (each bottle contains roughly 10,000 apples), fermenting, and blending this cider and you have a finished product unlike anything that I have ever tasted. It skews towards the very dry end of the spectrum, with rather low effervescence. It carries unmistakable red apple aromas as well as a vinous, almost red wine-esque character. The palate is bright with lively, tart orchard fruit and citrus flavors balanced by sea salt, caramel, and powerful tannins. This is perhaps the geekiest cider I have ever come across, and is available in extremely limited quantities, with only 10 cases of this cider released nationwide per year over the next few years to highlight how well this cider will age. Grab yours before it’s gone for good! Tim Gagnon

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $139.99

Aaron Burr Appinette Grape-apple Cider 70% NY Apples 30% Grapes

Another fantastic cider from the Aaron Burr Cidery! The Appinette blends together NY apples and a local grape, Traminette (a genetic cross between Gewürztraminer and the French-American hybrid Joannes Seyve). Lively and complex with heady aromas of guava, pineapple, banana, and lemon curd. There is also a very pleasant vinous muskiness. On the palate, it is quite earthy and very dry with a gentle sparkle, making it almost more reminiscent of wine than cider. Salty minerals, delicate fruit, and a vigorous acidity balance it out and make it rather food friendly! Tim Gagnon

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

Shacksbury 1840 Craft Cider 500 ML

David Dolginow and Colin Davis started their cidery in Shoreham, VT in 2013 with the goal of making honest and true ciders that speak of where they come from. With the help of local farmers, they are in the process of bringing heirloom apple varieties with 100+ years of history in the Champlain Valley back to life by identifying which apples they want to work with and grafting them to trees in their orchards. The 1840 Limited Release is their first bottling of this project. Made from 35 identified varieties, all of which were locally foraged, this is a restrained and serious style of cider. It is fermented with native yeasts and goes through secondary fermentation in bottle. On the nose it is woodsy and citrusy with notes of grapefruit skin, herbs, salted caramel, and lavender. It has a light fizz on the palate with salty minerals and a touch of citrus before finishing dry with a jolt of acidity. Tim Gagnon

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

Shacksbury Lost and Found 750 ML

This is a great follow-up to the inaugural releases from Shacksbury! The past two vintages of the Limited Edition releases were a hit with cider geeks and staff members alike, and the first release from the 2015 harvest is equally great. Called Lost and Found, it is made from foraged apples sourced from the Champlain Valley of Vermont, and from heirloom varieties in New Hampshire, most of which were trees originally planted by homesteaders over 100 years ago. It is fermented with native yeasts and goes through secondary fermentation in bottle, with no SO2 added at any time. If you haven’t tried any of the Shacksbury products, you’re seriously missing out. Tim Gagnon

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

Shacksbury Classic Dry Cider 500 ML

David Dolginow and Colin Davis created this dry, English-style cider in collaboration with two farms: Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, Vermont and Dragon Orchards in Herefordshire, England. It is a blend of 7 different apple varieties (Browns, Ellis Bitter, Dabinett, Michelin, Jonagold, Spartan, and Somerset Redstreak) that are co-fermented and aged for 6 months before release. It is fresh with aromas of apple, pine, mango, and citrus oil. On the palate, it is dry and clean with minerals, citrus, and ripe apple fruit with medium-sized bubbles. This is a great choice for before, during, or after a holiday feast or for an alternative to beer while watching football. Tim Gagnon

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • $8.99

Vetter 2014 Franken Sparkling Apple Cider

In addition to singular Sylvaners, Stefan Vetter makes a memorable, dry cider from traditional, Franconian (Northern Bavaria, Germany) apple varieties such as Goldrenette, Blenheim, Winterrambur, Goldparmäne, and Bohnapfel. Dark copper in color in the glass and sporting a fine and discrete mousse, this is fine, dry cider. The nose offers aromas of hay, chestnuts, white flowers, linden blossom and cinnamon. The palate is refined and bone-dry with aromas of anise, clover, and hazelnuts. Perfect for the adventurous and for lovers of elegantly dry ciders.

- David Salinas

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

Bordelet 2014 Sparkling Pear Cider Poiré Granit

Eric’s oldest heirloom pear trees (over 300 years old!) have vast roots that tap the soil’s granite deposits for a maximum blast of Norman minerality. As in his other ciders, fermentation continues in the bottle like the world’s finest sparkling wines, but this particular cuvée shows an incredibly refined bead, vinosity, and elegance that we've rarely taste from apples or pears. There’s a bit of residual sugar floating around, but the impressive amount of dry, stony extract makes this bottle just as sophisticated a drink as most Champagnes. Granite is very highly recommended as an example of cider’s potential, and is an annual favorite with holiday feasts.

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic

Bordelet NV Sparkling Apple Cider Sidre Tendre

The Bordelet pear and apple ciders are a big hit on Thanksgiving, low alcohol too, so the kids get a sip or two. Also arriving on Tuesday: Poire "Granit" and Poiré Authentique.

An apple cider from one of Normandy’s best, Tendre combines classic orchard flavors of ripe apples (Kermerien, Douce Moene, Frequin Rouge, Damelot, Marie Menard and 25 more) and a savory/sweet undercurrent of barley and dark honey. Compared to Bordelet’s pear offerings I find this to be more “beer-esque” than “wine-esque” so bring on the brats, or in true Norman fashion blood sausage, tripe, or perhaps for a lighter meal: crêpes. As with all his ciders, the farm is certified biodynamic and fermentation finishes in the bottle for a complex texture filled with small vivacious bubbles. John Rankin

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $10.99

  • Biodynamic

Eric Bordelet NV Calvados Single Cask 18yr 375 ml

For lovers of Calvados, I implore you to consider this: a single cask selection by none other than Eric Bordelet. Many of our customers are familiar with Bordelet’s phenomenal ciders, some of the best in Normandy, and this is his second release of brandy. The juice in the bottle was originally distilled in 1998 by a neighbor of Eric’s named H.B. Beudin (who I am unable to find any information on), and spent 18 years in cask without any additives, including water, and was bottled unfiltered at cask strength resulting in a fantastically pure expression of barrel-aged spirit. It is incredibly aromatic with baked apple tatin, cinnamon, dried orange peel, brown sugar, stewed plum, and dried flowers on the nose. The palate is robust with a touch of spice and lifted fruit, and is incredibly balanced and long. This is an incredibly unique addition to anyone’s bar, and I hope to see more spirits from Bordelet in the future! Tim Gagnon

  • Out of Stock
  • brandy
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $127.99

Neversink Spirits New York Apple Brandy 375ml

This exquisitely clear apple brandy comes in one of the cutest printed packages in the store, but that shouldn’t be the only reason for you to buy it. The fact is that this is one of the most delicious ways to experience New York’s abundant apple crop’s flavors. The apples growing on Neversink’s organic farm were selected for their high acid and high tannic character (not great for eating, but essential to creating delicious ciders and spirits). The mash is then twice distilled which makes for a bright, delicate spirit that truly showcases the quality of the raw ingredients used. In Europe, brandies like this are enjoyed neat after dinner but current cocktail creators are experimenting with all sorts of uses: the most simple being a touch of sugar and a squeeze of citrus for an apple-infused take on a Sour. Tim Gagnon

  • Out of Stock
  • eau-de-vie
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Montreuil NV Calvados du Pays d'Auge Reserve

Montreuil is a collaboration between Calvados importer and guru Charles Neal and Patrice Giard – heir to the bucolic Giard estate in the hamlet of Montreuil. Cows (primarily used for their milk) provide the majority of the farm’s revenue, but the property has made quite a name for itself for their library of aged Calvados still in barrel that will be released under the Giard label. The Montreuil label represents barrels averaging 7 years old that provide rich, apple fruit with a touch of wood vanillin and toffee sweetness. A great value for sipping, but also not too dear to use as a stand-in for American applejack in classic cocktails like a Jack Rose:2 ounces apple brandy or calvados, ¾ ounce lime or lemon juice, and ¾ ounce grenadine; served up.  John Rankin

  • Out of Stock
  • brandy
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

Camut Calvados Pays d'Auge 'Privilège' 18 ans d'âge

This is the Calvados that made the Camut estate famous. Compared to other Calvados on the market at the time of its introduction it was round, supple and elegant. Connoisseurs sip it from a white wine glass while deriders called it Calvados des Femmes. This spirit shows incredible poise and balance -- one of France’s best spirits. John Rankin

  • Out of Stock
  • brandy
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $174.99