19 April 2014

Bottle Juice

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Clairette Blanc

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Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette are blended here with a little extra Mourvèdre in deference to the quality of the vintage. The mouthfeel has something of the intensity of 2005, perhaps because of the additional Mourvèdre, but the overall impression is closer to the outstanding 2007: rounded, fine and long. Herbs and licorice, bay and spice, all vie for attention in this classic Vieux Télégraphe with enormous ageing potential.

Daniel Brunier is very happy with the …

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The white is now almost as celebrated as the red. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picardin and Picpoul, the wine will rehearse its three ages with Shakespearean aplomb; forward orchard fruit in youth, petrolly oily power in middle age and then an elegiac honied dotage. All equally fascinating, equally delicious.

Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer

Just what is it that has made Clos des Papes the most sought-after address in this village? Vincent Avril

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Roussanne, 7-12 percent Bourboulenc and 16 percent Clairette. The 2012 has lip-smacking freshness, with an underlying backbone of elegant fruit (peach, melon, grapefruit and hints of lime).

The mesmerising white Clos de Beauvenir is a truly unusual blend of 60 percent Roussane and 40 percent of Clairette, aged for 6 to 10 months on the grape skins in small new oak barrels. A richly textured, zesty wine with a savoury, salty tang and - courtesy of the Clairette - with a refreshing …

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By Andy Cheese of WINE IN SWEDEN 6 months ago.
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This wine is a blend of 70% Viognier, 10% Roussane, 9% Marsanne, 8 % Clairette, and 3% Bourboulenc. The average age of the vines was 25 years. The average yield was 30 hectolitres per hectare. The vines were grown on varied soil consisting of sediment, limestone, and granite. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks.

This wine was imported by Vinunic AB.

Colour : Pale yellow

Aroma : Apricots, white flowers, peach

Taste : Apricot, oily texture, peach, white flowers, bitter finish

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…celebrating their first harvest anywhere in America. We haven't yet learned much about Clairette Blanche or Terret Noir (except that the "noir" in Terret Noir is a bit of a misnomer) but we have a barrel of each fermenting in the cellar and it's going to be fun to see how they turn out. Here's a peek at the not-very-noir Terret we picked:

Next up for us is the Paso Robles Harvest Festival , which will for the first time in my memory be conducted …

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By xander of Young Winos of LA 6 months ago.
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Clairette was a relatively unknown varietal for the group. Some iPhone googling revealed that it is often used to make vermouth and can also be found as a blending varietal in Chateauneuf du Pape. For more information on Clairette as a varietal, please visit

1. http://www.snooth.com/varietal/clairette/

2. http://www.wine-searcher.com/grape-106-clairette

Nose:

Honey & Vanilla

Handsoap

A slight touch of haybarn, maybe earth

Restrained nose - aromas are …

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…La Truffiere" ($14.95) ... made from Grenache White, Viognier and Clairette ... the nose is tropical with melon rind and a stoney quality; thick mouthfeel and weighty texture with melon and citrus pith and an intensely bitter finish. (*** 1/2+)

Bonus Wines (unavailable) ...

2009 Cotes du Rhone - " Premiere Cote" (sold out)

spicy and smoky with hints of raspberry 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape - " Vendage" (n/a)

- Limited Production, 2 barrels …

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Grenache Blanc and Picpoul, and the first-ever picking off our tiny Clairette Blanche block . We're trying to be more organized, and have been keeping an old-school chalkboard busy with our daily updates. Note the Clairette Blanche at the bottom; it's California's first:

We've also been working to harvest more at night and early in the morning, when the grapes are cooler and the oxidation pressures are minimal. This has turned out to be better in unexpected …

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By Lyle Fass of Rockss and Fruit 11 months ago.
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…really had never experienced up to this point. The white is a blend of some pretty out there grapes. Clairette is the principal grape in addition to some Bourbolenc, Ugni Blanc and a skoche of Muscat Blanc. The acidity is wonderful as are the aromas which really leap from the glass. The structure is just brilliant and it has a track record for aging extremely well. I was hooked and needed to know everything I could about this amazing wine.

I quickly did some research when I got home and …

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By Andrew Barrow of Spittoon 1 year ago.
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…smaller plantings of Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Clairette and Mourvedre added over the years; totally typical to this region of France.

What isn't so typical is the supreme quality and excellence of the wines. Expensive yes, but so worth sampling if you see them on a restaurant wine list. They are predominantly found in restaurants although one or two smaller independents might be lucky to secure a few bottles ( Hedonism Wines were mentioned as one London stockist). Production …

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