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Domaine Johanna Cécillon

Nantosuelta Bottle
A blend of sweet and bittersweet Breton apples
Age of Vines
Certified organic
Shall loam over granite, deep loamy soils
Hand harvested, apples stored in wooden crates before fermentation, natural yeast fermentation in tank
Bottled in late April after a few months in oak barrels, secondary fermentation in bottle, no added SO2, not disgorged


Nantosuelta is Celtic for Valley of the Sun and it might also surprise you to learn that it is also the name of a Celtic goddess who also happens to be associated with natural springs and holy wells. As a cider, Nantosuelta is a blend of sweet and bittersweet apples. The source for this cider comes from two orchards, one on a ridge above the valley with thin soils above rocky granite bedrock and the other on a medium-grade, south-facing slope with deeper soils. As with all the orchards at Domaine Johanna Cécillon, the trees are surrounded by untouched natural flora with the accompanying fauna and no chemicals are used in the orchard out of respect for the environment. Nantosuelta is harvested from October through December and the apples are aged in wooden crates for a short time to increase ripeness. Fermentation occurs spontaneously in tank and the cider is aged in oak barrels before bottling in late April. Secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle. This is a semi-sweet style of cider where the fruitiness is in balance with the natural bitterness of these tiny indigenous apples. Bottled without any SO2 and shipped without disgorgement, expect a small amount of sediment in each bottle.

Brittany, France
  • Location
    Brittany, France
  • Appellation
  • Proprietor
    Famille Cécillon
  • Winemaker
    Johanna Cécillon
  • Size / Elevation
    8 hectares / meters
  • Portfolio
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