Communal Merchants

Importers of Passionately Crafted Beverages


Mandoir de Grandouet is a 3rd generation family farm located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, Normandy. On our 28 hectares of cidre apple orchards 80 dairy cows graze under the trees later to have their milk used for AOC Camembert cheese production. The manor and orchards are currently managed by Stephane and Lucile Grandval.

Today, 30 acres of orchards surround the cider house. They are composed of about twenty varieties of cider apples, used exclusively for the development of our ciders, mainly Cider AOP Pays d’Auge, Pommeau AOC of Normandy and Calvados AOC d’Auge. Apples used for the elaboration of this cider come from orchards on chalky-limestone soils. The subtle assembly of several varieties of apples, assures a good balance between sugar, acidity and bitterness. After pressing, the must obtained 100% pure juice and fermented slowly under the action of yeasts naturally present on the apples. It takes approximately 3 months of fermentation to obtain a cider demi-sec (4.5 % vol. of alcohol). The cider is then bottled or yeasts will prolong the fermentation. It takes approximately 3 months after the bottling to obtain a cider with the foam.


Manoir de Grandouet Fermier Brut Cidre

This farmhouse cider displays complex aromas of stone and tree fruits along with dried hay, smoky leather and rustic overtones. On the palate, it shows flavours of bruised apples and pears. It has a good balance between a subtle sweetness, tannins and acidity. Lovers of traditional cider will appreciate this cider of authentic character.

92 pts, GOLD MEDAL “Exceptional!”

12 x 750mL/case
5% alc./vol.

Manoir de Grandouet AOP Pays d'Auge Cidre

This bottle conditioned, AOP Pays d'Auge cidre is made in the most traditional cidre-making process.  As a result, it is a very complex and natural product with aromas of baked apples, pears and other white stone fruit supported by complex notes of barnyard with dried herbs and leather.  It presents a very slight bitterness and crisp acidity that helps dry out the cider on the finish.

93 pts, GOLD MEDAL

12 x 750mL/case
5% alc./vol.

Manoir de Grandouet Artisan Poiré

After a fermentation of about 3 months, the perry is bottled where a second fermentation will give it its sparkle.  The semi-dry Poiré has subtle flavours that make it a light and refreshing aperitif.

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