Cyril Zangs is part of the new wave of French cider makers returning to their family roots. Much like Eric Bordelet, Cyril had left the family farm in Normandie to pursue a career in Paris. In Cyril Zangs’ case, he left a career as a bookseller when he returned to his roots.
He uses 69 different cider apple varietals and hand picks them at the peak of ripeness to ensure that each apple is in ideal shape for his ciders. He produces many different ciders ranging from a blend of all his apples and geographies to more specific single orchard offerings. Zangs also produces an apple brand Eau de Vie. It’s possible that eventually Calvados, eau de vie aged in oak barrels, will be available.
Easy Cider Cidre Brut! is a cider that’s made from apples harvested by machine and would be an entry-level cider for the Cyril Zangs line.
Appearance: Hazy, copper/orange
Aroma: Apples, musty, nutty, light buttery notes, caramel, funky and earthy.
Taste: Medium + tannins, mild/medium acidity, medium astringency.
Overall Impression: Easy Cider may have been much easier to harvest than the other ciders, but it’s anything but “easy” in the flavor department. It’s big, bold, funky and tannic. If you’re looking for a soft and subtle French Cidre, this won’t satisfy that craving. If you want something that will slap your palate with cider flavor, this is your bottle. It’s definitely a fun one.
Geography: Calvados, Normandie
Apples: French Cidre Varietals
Availability: Nationally where Selection Massale products are carried.