|Made in the traditional French
Methode Champenoise, our dry Sparkling Hard Cyder is fermented in
Sparkling and dry.
Never fruity or sweet.
Our Sparkling Hard Cyder makes a festive addition to any party
and is the perfect compliment to fine foods and desserts.
Hand crafted in The Old French Champagne Style or "Methode Champenoise",
our cyder is transformed from a dry still wine to a magnificent sparkling
The finished product is outfitted with an authentic champagne cork and
adorned with a traditional wire hood.
Aged two years before bottling; then aged for another year in a handsome
Champagne bottle and finished with an authentic champagne cork and wire
Excellent tiny bubbles.
9 ½ % alcohol; no sulfites.
Suggested Retail: $14.99/bottle
Why Do We Use Methode
In an era when many winemakers choose the easy way out, using carbon dioxide
gas to impart sparkling qualities to their bubbly wines, at Flag Hill
Farm we are proud to use the traditional, labor intensive, French "Methode
Champenoise" exclusively when transforming our dry still wine into
a vibrant sparkling elixir.
Our authentic methode champenoise yields a drink with finer bubbles than
those which are simply carbonated. In addition, the flavors tend to be
more intense, as a result of the wine resting on the "lees",
that add complexity to the flavor.
The process begins by creating a marriage between our still wine, organic
cane sugar, and quality champagne yeast. This mixture is then crowned
with a metal cap and allowed to mature for twelve months, at a controlled
temperature, allowing splendid, small bubbles to form.
During the year of fermentation, the bottles are positioned in such a
way as to allow the gradual collection of the yeast, or lees, in the neck
of each bottle. When our winemaker determines that the lees have sufficiently
developed, the neck of each bottle is plunged into a bath of freezing
water. After this freezing dip, the metal crown caps are removed, allowing
the now frozen plug of yeast to literally launch from the bottle. This
is called the 'disgorging'. Next, each bottle is topped off with a 'dosage'
to replace the liquid that escaped during the disgorgement. Each bottle
is then outfitted with a champagne cork and an authentic wire hood.
And, voila! A bottle of crisp, dry Sparkling Vermont Hard Cyder! Enjoy!