The Apple tree of the Famille Stassen

<p> This is a 120-year-old apple tree, with deep green foliage and gnarled trunk. Will you sit down and look at it? Take your time, see the Joie de Vivre hiding in plain sight, be taken by these craftsmen passing on their passion to the next generation.</p> <br> <p> Explore the tree of the famille Stassen.</p>

<p> L&eacute;on the son of L&eacute;on had grown up with a passion as deep as his father for cidre making. One day in the year 1931, came for him the time to take over the family business. L&eacute;on had a keen eye for business and saw opportunities to expand the cidrerie artisanale. He moved the cidrerie to the center of the bustling village of Aubel. He also expanded the Joie de Vivre of Stasssen cidre beyond the borders of Aubel, and of Belgium. L&eacute;on, in turn, enthused his own son, Jean.</p> <p> Once upon a time, L&eacute;on Stassen was a farmer, born in the cradle of Vall&eacute;e d&rsquo;Aubel. L&eacute;on had a sweet spot for bees. For them, he grew fruits on his lands. Years after years, under L&eacute;on&rsquo;s care and the kind vall&eacute;e weather, fruit trees bloomed all over Aubel. In the year 1895, the apple crop was so abundant that L&eacute;on had an idea. He built a small artisanal cidre-making workshop at his own farm, &laquo;&nbsp;Haut Vent&nbsp;&raquo;. A new world opened to L&eacute;on, and with it, a passion running as deep as  beekeeping for the remainder of his life. A love of cidre craft passed on  to the next g&eacute;n&eacute;ration, to his son L&eacute;on.</p> <p> Jean-Pierre Stassen grew up watching Jean infusing his cidre with passion and dedication. In the year 1979, he joined his father in a long and fruitful collaboration where Jean-Pierre brought his savoir-faire in cidre making, crafting many new recipes, such as fruits cidres and later the Le Grand-Cru, Cuv&eacute;e Ros&eacute;, cidres d&rsquo;Abbaye and many more. Jean-Pierre is today a master cidre craftsman, fathering many recipes with years of savoir-faire, g&eacute;n&eacute;rosit&eacute; and Joie de Vivre. He lives in the Vall&eacute;e d&rsquo;Aubel with his wife Ruth and their beloved horses and apple trees.</p> <p>Jean was only 20 years old when he had to take over the family business. War had struck the wonderful Aubel but soon the Joie de Vivre blossomed again and Jean bottled it with a new sparkling recipe. A welcome reminder of the Joie de Vivre in the aftermath of the war, in a world where Champagne was scarce and joy even scarcer. Jean never stopped dreaming of wider horizons for his cidre till this day.</p>


<p>Each sip of Stassen cidre brings you to the secret garden of the Vall&eacute;e d&rsquo;Aubel, the green lush hillsides, the morning dew kissing the red glossy apples in the orchards and the pure, simple pleasure of retreating from the hustle and bustle of life. Reminding you to look up and see the enchantment in the everyday. Your own secret garden is never far away, you just have to find the key.</p> <p>Stassen cidres are made with only the best apples in the tradition of a fourth generation artisan family. Craftsmanship and g&eacute;n&eacute;rosit&eacute; are infused in each sip, a moment to share in the simple joys of friendship, good food and wonderfull of everyday.</p> <p>Pour a bottle of cidre Stassen in fine flutes. Let the magic bubble up with the finest sparkles. Don&rsquo;t haste: g&eacute;n&eacute;rosit&eacute; needs time to fill up the hearts.</p> <p>Serve a wonderfull time and let everyone help themselves to it.</p>