Bright acidity with notes of pineapple, star fruit, and papaya. Cidre Blanc is a sparkling baby Sauvignon Blanc made with local apples. Dry, bright, refreshing, and elegantly vinous.
Apples: 100% GoldRush
Sourcing: 150 Miles
Yeast: Wine (QA23)
Vessel: Stainless Steel
Total Sugar: 0g (Sugar-Free!)
Total Carbohydrates: 5g (Low-Carb!)
Naturally Gluten Free
Alcohol by Volume: 6.9%
Perceived Sweetness: Dry
Carbonation: Petillant (spritzy)
Pairings: Oysters and Goat Cheese
Fruit Hill Orchard, Winchester (VA)
Glaize Apples, Winchester (VA)
McCleaf’s Orchard, Biglerville (PA)
Peter’s Orchard, Gardners (PA)
Petrie Orchard, Waynesboro (PA)
We are loaded with GoldRush apples in the Mid-Atlantic and we’re quite enamored with them at ANXO. Developed by Purdue University in the 1970s, GoldRush shines in our region as it develops piercing acidity, high sugar, floral aromatics and just a hint of pithy tannin. Cidre Blanc is ANXO’s ode to GoldRush!
GoldRush stores longer than any apple we know of, and it’s no coincidence it was the only apple available to us when we opened our cidery in 2017 in the middle of the Summer. By June GoldRush is the only local apple left in cold storage. ANXO Cidermaker Greg Johnson arrived just weeks before opening and decided to pitch QA23 yeast into our first fermentation, and the rest is history!
QA23 is known for its use in Sauvignon Blanc production in the Loire Valley of France, and GoldRush apples have similar characteristics to Sauv Blanc grapes, most notably their acidity and aromatics. Employed together they make a cider very closely resembling Sauvignon Blanc, and that is where the name Cidre Blanc comes from! It’s also a bit of a joke, since the literal translation “White Cider” implies, in some drinking cultures, that this is most likely our worst product. We can’t possibly decide which of our ciders we like the most, but we know we’re happy drinking Blancs every day!
Please note, this cider is phenomenal to cook with! Forget the “white wine” your recipe calls for; open a Blanc and split it with your dish!