Why you should be excited
Medaille d'Or is a traditional bittersweet cider apple known for the heavy-duty tannins and high sugar level of its juice.
The story of Medaille d'Or
We understand you may be sceptical when we say Medaille d'Or is a traditional English cider variety. Perhaps your name-related doubts will be erased when we explain that the apple hails from France, but it came to prominence in England after a local naturalists field club brought it across the Channel and introduced it to British cidermakers in 1884.
It had, in fact, already won a medal in France 11 years before that event, so the English were latching onto a known commodity of some quality. And that commodity is a particularly tannic juice that's also very sweet, a combination that adds a welcome boost of alcohol, body and astringency to a cider blend.
And whether you consider Medaille d'Or English or French, that's a good thing.
Medaille d'Or Facts
Raised from a seed in Rouen, France, early 19th century.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The highly astringent tannins in its juice make for a strong, fruity cider.
As the name suggests, this is a golden-skinned apple.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in late September).
Quality for fresh eating
Definitely not for fresh eating. Too bitter!
Quality for cooking
We don't cook bitter apples; we make cider from them.
Quality for cider
Very good. Medaille d'Or is a power-packed cider specialist.
Limited (a few weeks 'sweating' is fine).