Frequin Rouge is a traditional and important French cider variety. It produces a strong bittersharp juice.
It originates from the extreme west of France, in the region of Bretagne, but is used in all the French cider-growing areas. It is a required variety for several "appellations", including Cornouaille in Bretagne and Pays d'Auge in Normandie.
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Like many French cider varieties Frequin Rouge is not particularly easy to grow. It is can be susceptible to fireblight, canker and scab in temperate climates. It also takes a few years for production to start, and it will readily lapse into biennial bearing - but if carefully managed it will crop heavily.
In traditional French orchards production on mature trees will be in the range 30-35 tonnes per hectare, which is above the average for French cider varieties.
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