Clairette de Die: Domaine Achard-Vincent 'Tradition'
The current patron of Domaine Achard-Vincent, and his son Thomas tend 18 hectares of vines that have been farmed organically since 1979 and certified as such since 1982. Their Clairette de Die has a light, creamy mousse, delicate floral aromas and a refreshing palate of white table grapes.
Domaine Achard-Vincent (Jean-Pierre Achard)
Jean-Pierre Achard and his son Thomas farm 12 hectares of vines in the appellation of Clairette de Die, in the Drôme valley, around the village of Sainte Croix, 8 kilometres west of the town of Die. The Domaine Achard-Vincent enjoys a dramatic location in the foothills of the Alps at the confluence of the rivers Drôme and Sure. This impressive, independent estate was an early pioneer of organic viticulture and the vineyard has been fully certified by Ecocert since 1982. The Achards’ signature wine, which dominates production is a delicate, gently-sparkling sweet Clairette de Die made from a blend of 80% Muscat and 20% Clairette. Jean-Pierre also makes a dry, sparkling, bottle-fermented Crémant de Die from a blend of Clairette, Aligoté and Muscat.
- This is an organic wine
- White Wine, Dry (Sec), Light-bodied, Sparkling
- Rhone, Clairette de Die
- Domaine Achard-Vincent (Jean-Pierre Achard)
- Grape variety (Cépage):
- Clairette, Muscat
- Wine pairing - drink with:
- Dessert, Fruit
- Best drunk when young and fresh, within its first 3 years.
- This unique, softly sparkling Clairette de Die wine is made by the ancient Méthode Dioise. After crushing, the grape juice is chilled and then slowly filtered to remove larger yeast cells whilst leaving some sugars and delaying fermentation. Thus at the time of bottling there is still enough residual sugar to induce a secondary fermentation in bottle. This wine must then rest for at least 4 months in bottle prior to disgorgement and rebottling and release to ensure that fermentation is complete.
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
What others think of this wine...
Jonathan Ray - The Field Magazine, October 2013. says:I had an exquisite Clairette de Die sparkler the other day imported by my old mucker Jason Yapp. Made in the foothills of the French Alps from a blend of muscat and clairette, it is gently effervescent with a frothy mousse and grapey palette and, at only 7% vol, is just right for steadying the nerves prior to the day's first drive without blurring your vision or decision making. If blended with freshly squeezed orange juice you could drink it for breakfast and, since it is both organic and biodynamic, it's practically a health drink.
Olly Smith - Daily Mail, 31st March 2012. says:I was knocked out by Domaine Achard-Vincent Clairette de Die Tradition NV, which for me is the wine of the summer! Fizzy, fruity, floral, and light in alcohol (7 per cent), it’s like sherbet buzzing in a glass. Pair it chilled with fresh fruit, slices of cake or the traditional match of walnuts. Outstanding, unusual and great frothy fun and exactly what a specialist importer can offer par excellence.