Eric Bordelet is both the maker and the brand at Chateau de Hauteville on the southern edge of Normandy in the village of Châtaigne. The fact that he exports 80% of his ciders to markets around the world at a premium price worthy of a fine wine is just one of the reasons that the brand Eric Bordelet is so highly sought after by both wine and cider enthusiasts.
This episode is Part 1 of a two-part chat. Part 2 will follow as episode 058.
During this chat The Nose and I are having lunch with Eric at the Hôtel Gayot in the lovely and lively village Bagnoles de l’Orne. You will find Eric’s cider on tap at this hotel’s restaurant – though it might not say anything other than “cider” it is indeed Bordelet! There is also a shop where you can buy many of Eric’s cider’s and poires (perry) and calvados.
Listen to the background sounds of lunch time at as we discuss his path towards cider, beginning when he worked as a waiter, then a sommelier. Part of Eric’s fame is that in Paris at the time his wine list was second to none…and for France not to mention Paris that is quite a feat.
With his parents retirement and the realization that one could not age into the role of a sommelier he decided to head back to the family farm and make cider.
Eric discusses how his interest in food and working with chefs, helped to hone his cider skills. And certainly the impact of his late friend and mentor Didier Daganeau.
In Part 2 we tour the rebuilding of the Chateau de Hauteville and the chay (the common phrase in this region for cidery).
Contact Eric Bordelet
Chateau de Hauteville
53250 Charchigné – France
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