Pommerbe (fr. apple + herbs) is an alpine cider vermouth from Valle d’Aosta region, in the French-Italian alps. All the apples heirloom varieties are from 100+ year old trees, and the majority of the herbs and flowers are foraged around the majestic mountain peak of Mont Blanc, the valley to the west is the famous area of Chartreuse.
Gianluca Telloli grew up in surrounding apple orchards, and he saw that the apples were no longer being picked, so he started a cider and cider-vermouth project. At 1000-1500 meters altitude, half of the centenarian apple trees are in the French Alps surrounding Chamonix, and half in nearly-deserted Alpine towns in the Italian Alps. He only uses heirloom apple varieties Raventze, Coison de Boussy, and Barbelune, and a few more as yet unidentified.
The Pommerbe is made with the current year’s cider, with the addition of herbs, flower, and root essences. A small amount of neutral grain-alcohol intensifies the aromas, and helps to stabilize the product for aging. For aged Chartreuse fans, It will be interesting to see Pommerbe ages, since we are talking about the area next door as well as many of the exact same herbs ( Slowly all the herbal extracts mix with the apple aromas and the sugar. The roots extractions are the last one to be added.
Gianluca uses various extraction methods, depending on the raw material collected. He mostly uses steam distillation. The herbs, roots, seeds, etc. lays on a grid, where the steam comes at a 110°C temperature and the ingredient releases their essence in the steam. The vapor steam cools down and condensates back to liquid, where the essential oil essence floats on the top. It’s all rather Harry Potteresque.
Delicate local jasmine petals are treated with the enfleurage technique. Citrus peels undergo a pressing technique, where the essential oils float to the the surface. Another extraction technique used is cold maceration with almond oil.
Maley Aperitivo Sidro ‘Pommerbe’
Distilleria / Distillery
Ingredienti / Ingredients: 52.2% Ciderat 7% Alc. by Vol.; 22.4% demineralized water, 14.6% alcohol at 96,4% Alc. by Vol.; 10.2% saccharose; 0.6% natural flavors at 52% Alc. By Vol.
Erbe / Herbs: Angelica seeds, star anise, bitter orange, sweet orange, artemisia absinthium, cinnamon, cardamom, cinchona bark, calumba roots, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, languas galanga roots, dried cloves, gentiana roots, iris roots, mandarines, nutmegs, bitter-wood, Chinese rhubarb, Indian sandalwood, vanilla beans, zedoary roots, ginger roots
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 17%
Zuccheri / Sugar %:23.20 g/l
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Cork closure; 750 ml bottle.