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Abandoned alpine orchards planted upwards of 4000 feet, half of them in the French Alps surrounding Chamonix and half in nearly-deserted Alpine towns in the Italian Valle díAosta. No chemicals. Some of these sleepy apple trees havenít been picked in decades. The only Italian cider made with heirloom apple varieties. It's just the best, really.

Produttore / Producer:
The name “Maley” comes from both an old Valdostano name for apple (Malus in Latin) and one of the pre-20th century names for Mont Blanc (Mont Malais). Maley is Gianluca’s revival of an old Valdostano tradition of cider-making that Mussolini quashed in the 1930s as part of his effort to eliminate anything not sufficiently “Italian” — cider being in the fascists’ view a French affectation. Maley is the only cider producer in Italy making artisanal cider with heirloom apples. (There are a few siderie in Alto Adige, but they are not using interesting apples and the results are ho-hum).

Frutteto / Orchard:
 

Cantina / Cellar:

A Tavola… / At the Table…
Touch of funk, touch of fruit. A fun little Alpine picnic cider. Goes down easy by itself after climbing 4000 feet or with slices of sweet Prosciutto or lots of fresh cheeses.


Maley Cidre du Saint Bernard

Frutteto / Orchard
Nome / Name: Cidre du Saint Bernard.
Ettari / Hectares: 5 ha.
Quota / Altitude: 800-1200 m / 2600-4000 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Granite.
Esposizione / Exposure: south-west, north-east.
Varietà / Varieties: All apple cultivars: Raventze, Croison de Boussy, Reine de Renetta, Groin de veau.
Età deli meli / Apple tree age: 80-120 years old.
Allevamento / Trellis system: No training. They are ancient trees that stand on their own
Data di raccolta / Harvest date: End of September, beginning of October.
Metodo di raccolta / Harvest technique: Hand harvested with 10 meter stairs.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: As it was 1000 years ago – no chemicals at all.
Resa / Yield: 70-90 kilograms / hectare.

Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Indigenous.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 18°C.
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: No.
Affinamento / Élevage: 1 month.
Chiarificazione, filtrazione / Clarification, filtration: Yes, natural decanting.
Zolfo / Sulphur: No sulphur added.
Altri prodotti aggiunti? / Other products added?: No.
Produzione annua / Annual production: 1600 cases.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 3.5%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Cork with cage; 750 ml sparkling wine bottle.

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