In a nutshell: This 'sweet and sour' blend of cider vinegar, honey and apple cider ice wine ( givre ) is aged outdoors in barrels. Try with Venetian-style liver and onions or poached stone fruits.
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Known for their outstanding calvados and cider, the Dupont family also make limited quantities of Aigre Doux - an intriguing 'Sweet and sour' blend of cider vinegar, honey from the Domaine's beehives and givre (a sticky apple ice cider similar to a dessert-style wine) aged outdoors for a minimum of 12 months in oak barrels before bottling. Limited production of only 2000 bottles are made each year and we are very happy to have some in stock.
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. We love to sprinkle it into the pan when frying duck breasts and it's superb drizzled over vanilla or salted caramel ice cream. We use it to poach figs, sultanas and raisins which we keep in jars in the fridge ready to combine with our morning porridge or granola and add to lovely fruit salads and compotes. Its simply divine on a slow-roasted peach and see our blog recipe for stewed rhubarb with Aigre Doux, bay leaves, blood oranges and vanilla.
Details: 375mlAbout 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, Jérôme 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. We are very excited to be sole UK distributor of this product.