My samples are oblate with moderate moderate ribs. They sport dark gray brown lenticels and a few small saturated red spots like colored ink drops.
These Chanteclers have a little give, but they have been off the tree since October. They have a promising sweet aroma.
Biting in reveals medium-dense light yellow flesh, sweet with cane sugar, pear, and table grapes. The texture is okay given the age: yielding but not at all mealy. I'll bet Chantecler is crisp when fresh and it apparently stores well.
There is a hint of vanilla and a bouquet of light fine clean flavors. Perhaps at harvest these have more tart accents but this is what remains in June. Still not bad at all!
Chantecler was bred by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research in Angers in the mid 20th Century, a Golden Delicious x Reinette Clouchard cross. (The "chard" in "clouchard" provides the root for the Belchard trademark.)
Chantecler is not available in New England, where I live. I found mine in France.
The apple in the above photo rests on a granite slab just outside of Notre Dame Cathedral on Isle de la Cité in Paris. It was grown, or at any rate distributed, by Moneyrac Freres.
|Notre Dame de Paris|