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Clairette

Clairette is a highly versatile white grape variety grown widely in the south of France. It is appreciated for its high sugar content and low acidity, making it well suited for aromatic, dry or sweet wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Clairette grapes are usually green-gold in colour and have a delicate orange blossom aroma. On the palate, the wines are subtly sweet, with notes of apricot and honey, and a light, crisp finish.

Fresh Clairette grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Clairette are predominantly grown in the south of France, such as the Rhone Valley, Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon and Corsica. Clairette is a hardy and vigorous variety, which makes it well suited for warm climates. The grapes are usually harvested at full ripeness, as it is best expressed when fully ripe. It is a versatile variety, and can be made into aromatic, dry or sweet wines. In the Rhone Valley, Clairette is often blended with other white varieties such as Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier. It is also used in the production of sparkling wines, such as the traditional Clairette de Die. In Provence, it is usually blended with Ugni Blanc and Bourboulenc, and is the main variety in the production of sweet wines such as Rasteau and Beaumes-de-Venise. Clairette's subtle sweetness makes it a great accompaniment to seafood dishes, particularly those with a creamy sauce. It also pairs well with light cheeses and fruits.

Foods to pair with Clairette:

Asian food
Pasta
Sausage
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Clairette
Clairette is the traditional grape variety used in the production of Clairette de Die - a traditional sparkling wine from the Rhone Valley,

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Jaillance Tradition Clairette de Die

Jaillance

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Jaillance Tradition Clairette de Die is a delightful sparkling wine that hails from the Clairette de Die appellation in France. Crafted with precision and care, this wine showcases the unique characteristics of the vineyards in the region. The vineyards are blessed with abundant sunshine and a cool climate, which allows the grapes to ripen slowly and develop their distinct flavors. The winemaking process involves a traditional method called "méthode dioise ancestrale," which results in a naturally effervescent and refreshing wine. With its delicate floral aromas, vibrant fruit flavors, and a touch of sweetness, Jaillance Tradition Clairette de Die is a perfect choice for those seeking a lively and enjoyable sparkling wine experience.
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M. Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc is a white wine produced by the renowned winemaker Michel Chapoutier. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation, known for its exceptional terroir and ideal growing conditions. The wine is made using traditional winemaking techniques, including fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging on lees to enhance its complexity and depth. The resulting wine is a beautiful expression of the region, with aromas of white flowers and citrus fruits, a crisp acidity, and a refreshing minerality. It is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes, making it a great choice for any occasion.
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E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc is a dry white wine produced by the renowned family-owned winery E. Guigal in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation of France. The vineyards are located on a mix of granite, limestone, and sandy soils, which contribute to the wine's unique blend of Viognier, supported by Marsanne and Roussanne. Small amounts of Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Bourboulenc are also included in some vintages. The grapes are all hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures to preserve their freshness and fruitiness. The resulting wine is rounded and gently opulent, with aromas of white flowers, apricots, and peaches, and a hint of minerality. It is a perfect match for seafood, poultry, and cream sauced dishes, and is a great choice for those who appreciate a well-balanced and elegant white wine.
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Jaillance Cuvée Impériale Tradition Clairette de Die is a delightful sparkling wine that hails from the Clairette de Die appellation in France. Crafted by skilled winemakers, this wine showcases the unique characteristics of the vineyards in the region. The vineyards are blessed with abundant sunshine and a cool climate, which allows the grapes to ripen slowly and develop their vibrant flavors. Made using traditional winemaking techniques, this wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle, resulting in its effervescent nature. With its delicate bubbles and refreshing taste, Jaillance Cuvée Impériale Tradition Clairette de Die is a perfect choice for those seeking a lively and elegant sparkling wine experience.
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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a remarkable white wine that embodies the essence of the esteemed Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in the Rhône Valley, France. Produced by the prestigious Château de Beaucastel, renowned for its commitment to biodynamic practices, this wine showcases the exceptional quality and character of the region. Crafted from a blend of traditional white Rhône grape varieties, it reveals a beautiful golden color and a complex bouquet of ripe stone fruits, citrus, and delicate floral notes. The wine's rich and layered palate offers a harmonious fusion of flavors, with a perfect balance between freshness and depth. With its remarkable aging potential and a long, expressive finish, Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a true gem for white wine enthusiasts seeking a unique and unforgettable experience.
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