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Nerios

Domaine Johanna Cécillon

Nerios Bottle
Appellation
Costarmoricain
Variety
A selection of bittersweet Breton apples
Age of Vines
30+
Farming
Certified organic
Soil
Granitic loam
Fermentation
Hand harvested, apples store in crates before fermentation, natural yeast fermentation in tank
Aging
Bottled in April after several months in oak barrels, secondary fermentation in bottle, no added SO2, not disgorged

Overview

Nerios is Celtic god and patron of the Belgae tribe. He was a patron of warriors and worshiped at countless natural springs throughout northern France. Holy wells and sacred springs abound in the Celtic world and while many have been reclaimed by local, and many times non-canonical, saints, the names of some gods and goddesses survive, even if their stories and exploits do not. Nerios is also a dry cider made at Domaine Johanna Cécillon from an orchard of bittersweet apples with a southern exposure on deep granitic soils. The site is sparsely planted with large areas of natural grass cover between the trees to promote biodiversity. The apples are harvested by hand in October and November, then stored in wooden crates for a short time before fermentation to increase the ripeness of the fruit. Fermentation occurs naturally in tank and the cider is aged in oak barrels before bottling in April. Secondary fermentation occurs in bottle. No SO2 is added and Nerios is not disgorged so there will be a small amount of sediment in each bottle.

Brittany, France
  • Location
    Brittany, France
  • Appellation
    Costarmoricain
  • Proprietor
    Famille Cécillon
  • Winemaker
    Johanna Cécillon
  • Size / Elevation
    8 hectares / meters
  • Portfolio
    Jon-David Headrick Selections

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