It's an intriguing 'Sweet and sour' blend of cider vinegar, honey and sticky apple ice wine (similar to a dessert-style wine) aged outdoors for a minimum of 12 months in oak barrels before bottling. Only limited quantities of Aigre Doux are made each year.
The result is a complex and intriguing blend that enhances many desserts and savoury dishes. It's brilliant in classic Venetian-style 'sweet and sour' dishes such as sarde en soar (sardines with raisins, onions and vinegar) or calves liver with onions and vinegar. Try drizzling into the pan when frying duck breasts and it's superb drizzled over vanilla or salted caramel ice cream. Use it to poach figs, sultanas and raisins and keep in jars in the fridge ready to combine with your morning porridge or granola and add to lovely fruit salads and compotes. Its simply divine on a slow-roasted peach or stewed with rhubarb, bay leaves, blood oranges and vanilla.
About Famille Dupont
Famille Dupont is one of our favourite Normandy calvados estates in the heart of the Pays d'Auge region. We recommend a visit if you're ever in the region to taste and buy calvados and cider. Since 1980, Etienne Dupont and his children, Jerome and Anne-Pamy, have reinvigorated their farm estate. Particular attention is paid to the quality of apples that go into their products, with over 13 varieties being hand-picked before crushing during the annual Autumn harvest.
Produced by: Famille Dupont
Cider vinegar, honey, apple ice wine
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Great Taste Award 2017 - 1 star