Clairette

(also known as: AG Cleret, AG Kleret, Blanc Laffite, Blanket, Blanquette, Blanquette De Limoux, Blanquette du Midi, Blanquette Velue, Bon Afrara, Bou Afrara, Branquete, Cibade, Clairette, Clairette d'Aspiran, Clairette De Limoux, Clairette De Trans, Clairette Pointue, Clairette Pounchoudo, Clairette verte, Clarette, Clerette, Colle Musquette, Cotticour, Feher Clairette, Feher Kleret, Gaillard blanc, Granolata, Klaretto bianko, Kleret, Kleret Belyi, Kleret de Limu, Muscade, Osianka, Ousianka, Ovsyaika, Ovsyanka, Petit blanc, Petit Kleret, Petite Clairette, Poupe De Gate, Pti Blan d'Obena, Seidentraube, Shalos Zolotistyi, Uva Gijona, Vivsianka, Vivsyanca and Vivsyanka)

Clairette is one of the thirteen grape varieties permitted in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. It is also commonly blended with Marsanne and Ugni Blanc in the tiny region of Cassis in the South of France. 

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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albion 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Inviting and elegant this has red berry fruit, spice, incense, modest tannins and well balanced acidity to the lively, though short aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Had Foxall and family over last night. Heard E-Mark hosted as well, so please ... ... it looks like this is a Clairette, Marsanne blend which makes a lot of sense as it didn't have the elevated acidity I'd expect from Sauv Blanc, seeming better for early consumption, this wine was clearly aged longer than necessary, but still held up fine for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic D&R and Mourvedre from Cassis...


  • Right, that doesn't quite add up, must vary vintage to vintage. In looking ... dominated with a touch of Clairette in there, assuming about 65% Grenache. Anyhow, it's some of the best CdP out ther Read More

    Forum post in the topic So What's Your Take, is 2006...


  • Brunier says the grenache is 60% of the blend, Cinsault 5%, Clairette (white) 3-4%, Syrah 15% and Mourvedre 15%.  That starts at 4:25 on the video.  It only adds up to 98-99%.  So I guess it's lighter than other CdP. ;-) You can also find the composition at Kermit Lynch's page.And he also says all the wines from VT are great at ten years.  There... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So What's Your Take, is 2006...


  • I started a thread on WB recently, and not many folks agreed with my stance, though I suspect many more do agree that just don't say anything.Strictly speaking about Northern Hemisphere Wines, leaving the various barrel aging out of it for sake of discussion. Read More

    Forum post in the topic So What's Your Take, is 2006...


  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... became Frenchified to "clairette" which became Anglicized to claret.Remember that the most prized wines for centuries were white wines, not red wines. Red wines were to be consumed pretty much like Bud Lite - it's what you drank, not what you prized and cellared. Sug... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...


  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a ... ... a ... Send those barrels of clairette (and when the color was too pale or the taste too anaemic, especially during bad vintages, throw in more dark syrah) up to London in English bottoms, for bottling by merchants there. Publicize the value of that wine in Londo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...


  • A lot more 'hermitage' (syrah) from the Rhone was dumped into CS ... ... ... Send those barrels of clairette (and when the color was too pale or the taste too anaemic, especially during bad vintages, throw in more dark syrah) up to London in English bottoms, for bottling by merchants there. Publicize the value of that wine in London society s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...


  • Cuvee de 3 Messes Basses Blanc Rhone Valley France 2014

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    There's a bit of green melon on the nose, on the tongue is some lemon pith, a ... The 2014 is a blend of 50% Clairette and 50% Grenache Blanc. Still a great QPR for around $1 Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2014

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    The 2014 edition of "Saint Vincent" is delicious - much like the previous 2 editions - and affordable by almost everyone. The elegant, pear, tisane and gooseberry flavours are clean, pure and without edge - surprising at this price point. Though intended for immediate consumption, due to the Roussane component could last 2 more years in bottle... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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