Clairette is a white grape varietal that is prized for its floral aromas and versatility in producing still, sparkling, and fortified wines, adding freshness and acidity to wine blends and expressing its unique flavors of white flowers and ripe fruits
Varietal origin: Clairette is a white grape varietal that is believed to have originated in the Rhône Valley of France, specifically in the region of Clairette de Die. It is also grown in other wine regions around the world, including the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, Italy, and South Africa.
Typical taste profile: Clairette wines are known for their floral aromas, with notes of white flowers, citrus, and stone fruits. They typically have moderate acidity and a medium body, with flavors of ripe fruits and hints of minerality. Clairette is often used in blends to add freshness and acidity to other white wines.
Regional styles: Clairette is used in various wine styles, including still white wines, sparkling wines, and fortified wines. In the Clairette de Die region of France, it is used to produce a sparkling wine known as Clairette de Die, which is known for its delicate floral aromas and sweet, fruity flavors. In other regions, Clairette is used in blends or as a standalone varietal in still white wines with its characteristic floral and fruity notes.