Make the leap to mead!
Demi-sec, sweet or flavoured, with percentages falling within the 9- to 16-percent range, mead derives its colours, flavours and textures from the honeys used in its fermentation. Like the vintner bringing together various varietals, the mead-maker also has a variety of honeys at his or her disposal, and the characteristics of the product will depend on the flowers the bees pollinated — like blueberry, clover, apple blossom, buckwheat, raspberry… Adding fruit to the mix (like cranberry or apple) can elevate the flavour profile as well.
Intermiel has earned its bragging rights when it comes to using 100-percent Quebec certified honey. Their harvest comes from 9,500 hives in fields across the province, including the Laurentians, the Outaouais, Pontiac, Laval, Lanaudière and Lac-Saint-Jean. At summer’s end, all the hives are called home to headquarters in Mirabel. It’s Cyril Lapeyrie, Éléonore’s husband, who takes care of the swarms from far-flung regions. These lovebirds’ story, long before the honeymoon, began on the job. “Our parents go way back. My in-laws are chocolatiers and even whipped up a honey ganache,” says Macle, smiling.
Her mother, Viviane, a former teacher from Picardie, came up with a way to demystify
mead production through agritourism, via workshops, guided visits and tastings to boot. Children even get treated to their own tailor-made educational program, plus a mini-farm and play area. You can enjoy the entire day at the farm and spend to your heart’s content at their shop overflowing with products made onsite — meads, ciders, maple spirits, liqueur, gourmet offerings and even cosmetics.
“Interest in mead is mounting, especially with the younger, local-loving generations,” says Macle, smitten. “My dream is to see it reign alongside cider and beer in bars and restaurants.” Dare to try it? It’s worth the leap!