Communal Merchants

Importers of Passionately Crafted Beverages

Le Brun, Brittany

Le Brun Cidres have been produced in Brittany, France since 1955. Cidres are made using the traditional method of natural fermentation of pure pressed juices from handpicked apples. It all starts with the fruit. The cidery selects superior quality apples (Kermerrien, Marie Ménard, Douce Moên, Peau de Chien, Douce Coëtligné). The orchards are carefully looked after until maturation of the fruits. The apples are picked by hand in order to prevent any damage. Preparing the fruit before cider making is always a process. The apples are collected and aged in special wooden cases for about 3 weeks in order to enable the fruit to slightly dehydrate and concentrate its aromas. The apples are then ready to be mashed. Once this is done, the result (pulp plus juice) is left to rest in a tank. This helps balance the taste profile of the future cider by sweetening possible harsh overtones. The pulp/juice is pressed again to get pure apple juice.

The apple juice is then stored in thermo regulated fermentation tanks and regularly monitored. The foam process is totally natural. It is carried out in a controlled environment to enable the fermentation to generat carbonic gas to dissolve in the cider. The cider is then bottled in champagne like bottles with their traditional natural cork and wire-cap. These ciders are non-pasteurized in order to fully keep their taste profile. A slight filtration is carried out before bottling to rid the fermentation yeast naturally present.

Le Brun Artisan Brut

Aromas of sweet, ripe apples dominate the nose. The sweetness is nicely balanced by moderate acidity and light tannins drying it out on the finish with a beautiful woody note. A crisp, well balanced and an interesting cider. A cider with real depth and character. DRY.

94 pts, GOLD MEDAL

12 x 750mL/case
5.5% alc./vol.

Le Brun Artisan Organic

Made from organically grown apples, this cider is lightly sweet and fruity and then dries out as the palate lingers with balancing tannins and moderate acidity and a mild hint of wood in the aftertaste. It has a juicy feel to it, but also depth and character. MEDIUM-DRY.


12 x 750mL/case
4% alc./vol.