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Clairette

Pronunciation: Kl-erreht

The name Clairette, meaning ‘light white’, might come from the color of the berries, but since there were many light-white-berried varieties at that time, it is more likely that the name refers to the white hairs on the underside of the leaves, giving them a bright (Clair) appearance.

It can best be described as an old-fashioned variety, producing fairly simple but crisp, sometimes mineral, wines for relatively early drinking. Aside from its more well-known fizzy guise, it is often used as blending partner in the southern Rhône, eg in Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Côtes du Rhône, generally contributing about 30-35% of the mix for white wines and sometimes, as at Château de Beaucastel, adding some freshness to red blends. Château Rayas’ white Châteauneuf comprises 50% Grenache Blanc (Garnacha Blanca) and 50% Clairette and Le Vieux  Donjon’s white generally has equal parts of Clairette and Roussanne. Many other southern Rhône appellations such as Lirac, Tavel, Vacqueyras, Grignan les Adhémar, and Ventoux may include Clairette.

Planted in: France, Italy, Russia, Australia, South Africa.

Source: Wine Grapes 

A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavors

Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and Jose Vouillamouz

Published by the Penguin Group

Total Of 4 Wine(s) Found
Vintage Descriptions Status Format Price
Clairette
2016
France
Cotes du Rhone
In Stock 375ml
S$22.00
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2017
France
Cotes du Rhone
In Stock 750ml
S$41.00
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2007
France
Chateauneuf du Pape
In Stock 750ml
S$733.00
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2008
France
Chateauneuf du Pape
In Stock 750ml
S$647.00
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