$79.99 price per bottle Expert Advice
Producer The Domaine de Manoir de Montreuil is owned by Patrice Giard and his wife Michelle, and have now been joined by their daughter Estelle. The Giard’s domaine, located in the heart of the Cider route, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the Pays d’Auge appellation, especially on a blue sky, fluffy cloud-type of afternoon. It lays on a series of hillsides and valleys a few miles from Cambremer, capital of the cider route. It is an ideal spot to take photographs of a classic Normandy landscape with black and dark brown normand cows grazing under free standing trees loaded with apples. The family can trace their history on the property in the hamlet of Montreuil back twelve generations to the 1700’s. Along with the apple side of their income, they also have about 200 cows, sixty of which are used for milk. The Giards have 30 hectares (74 acres) of apple trees, planted entirely in haute-tige (tall trees that reach fifty feet in height). Of their 3,000 trees, half of them were planted in 1990 and the other half was planted by Patrice’s father, Roger. Having haute-tige trees serves a double purpose for Giard in that his cows are free to graze within the orchard. They eat the lush grass and naturally enrich the soil with their excrement and aerate the earth with their weight. It’s a natural cycle that allows them to work without any soil fertilizers. In August the cows are removed from the orchards so that they don’t eat any of the apples that fall and so that their caca isn’t on the ground when the apples are harvested.
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