The family-owned farm, Les Vergers de la Justais, located in the hamlet of Louvigné du Désert on the border of Normandy and the commune of Mayenne, is where Ciderie Guérin can be found. Run since 2013 by Romuald Guérin, the son of the founders, the company has been making ciders since 1998 using some 15 apple varieties grown on 37 acres of orchards.

Simple expression is often the most inspiring: and so it is with the Guérin ciders. Simple by presentation and simply delicious flavours – but never simplistic. The company’s keeved ciders have complexity built in, not just in terms of human intervention, but what is achieved naturally.

The family make around 35,000 bottles of ciders made like wines from white and red fleshed apples and, although the labels are understated, the drinks certainly aren’t, with their notes of apricot, marmalade, even muscadet grapes, finishing with a lovely balancing lick of tannin and acid that comes from keeving.

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