a southern grape-variety. It is one of the oldest.
It is used with others in white and rosé wines
of Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and Rhône
Clairette is used for some "muscats" and for sparkling
wines such as the famous Clairette de Die in the Drome. It happens
to be associated to other varieties in the white wines of Provence
and, even in the red wine of Châteauneuf du Pape.
Clairette gives a high degree of alcohol. And it madeirizes
quickly. In the past it was considered one of its best points,
nowadays it is regarded as a fault.
Aromas : peach, apricot
French wines : Coteaux
du Languedoc, Chateauneuf
du Pape, Bandol,
grapes: Chardonnay - Chenin
Blanc - Muscadelle - Pinot
Gris - Sauvignon - Semillon - Ugni
Blanc - Viognier - Red