Cyprien Lireux

2022 L'Herbage

BLEND | Two-thirds sweet/bittersweet (Boudin, Douce Moen, Douce Coelinier), one-third tart (Petit Jeanne and René Martin), and a bit of bitter (Frequin Rouge and Marie Menard)

ORCHARDS | L’Herbage is the name of the family plot, where Cyprien fell in love with apples as a boy - a micro/single orchard selection. The apple varieties were grafted and selected by Cyprien’s grandfather and great-grandfather for their hardiness and flavor. The trees are planted in the traditional ‘haute-tige’ way (before mechanization) - low planting density and low yields. The trees often extend their roots deeper, retaining water better, with more space for other fauna and flora in between trees that balances the ecosystems, leading to lower level of disease, low stress and with longer lifespans.

ELEVAGE | All varieties are carefully selected by hand, sometimes only a few bags. After picking, the apples undergo a long maturation (2-4 weeks) in wood crates before pressing. Slow fermentation with native yeasts to fully express the aromatic potential of the fruits. The primary fermentation is stopped before bottling, leaving residual sugar in the bottle for a couple months while natural secondary fermentation occurs. No additives or sulfites.