Domaine Apple

Domaine Apple

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History: Domaine apples originated in France some time before the 1900s. In the Pays d'Auge region in Normandy, Domaine is one of the 13 cultivars prized for making hard cider (included in that 13 are Fréquin Rouge and Noël des Champs, which we also have available). This apple was brought to the United States in 1949 but remains relatively unknown outside of its country of origin.

Why We Grow It:  This bittersharp cider apple is high in tannins and acid but low in sugar. Although not great for single-variety ciders, it can be an excellent addition when used in cider blends.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Good cropper but branches can be somewhat fragile. Susceptible to scab but resistant to fireblight.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time

Flowering Time: Early 

Ripens: Late October

Storage: Keeps a couple weeks at most when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Cider

Cider Properties:*
  • Class: Bittersharp
  • Sugar: Medium, SG 1.050
  • Acidity: Low, 2 g/L
  • Tannins: High, 2.6 g/L
  • Juice Yield: 257 mL/lb
  • Taste: Pleasant with complex flavours and fruity aftertaste
  • Recommendations: Excellent addition to cider blends especially when mixed with higher acidity varieties

Size including roots:

  • 1 year grade 100-200 cm whip
  • 2 year grade 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
  • B grade less than 100 cm

*Information based on Washington State University's "Cultivar Performance Gallery"