Binet Rouge is a precocious and productive cider apple from Normandy. It is a staple for French cider and Calvados (apple brandy) makers, producing a high quality aromatic bittersweet juice that ferments to roughly 8% alcohol. Weak grower and bienniel bearer, this variety is late blooming and commonly used for pollination of other cider varieties.
This heirloom matures late, October in upstate New York (early November in its native Northwestern France), and is mildew, fireblight, and scab susceptible. Faily cold hardy, known to survive at low zone 4, high zone when other European cider varieties did not.