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Clairette de Die Wine

Clairette de Die Wine

The picturesque town of Die in the heart of the Drôme river valley gives its name to the specialist appellation of Clairette de Die; an important enclave of sparkling wine production since medieval times. Indeed, the méthode dioise for inducing effervescence in and clarifying sparkling wine is thought to pre-date the more widespread méthode traditionnelle of Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy and the Loire. After a still wine is produced from a prescribed blend of Muscat and Clairette, it is chilled and filtered leaving enough active yeast cells to produce a delicate fizz whilst removing the fine lees. The finished wine typically has low alcohol by volume (around 7%), a touch of residual sugar, soft mousse and a lovely fresh, grapey taste. The Achard family's version, which we have listed for decades, has wonderfully pure orchard fruit flavours and is certified as organic to boot. They also produce a bottle-fermented Crémant de Die from a blend of Muscat, Clairette and Aligoté that is drier and weighty enough to stand up to canapés but still evokes an Alpine freshness that few wines manage to capture.

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  1. Crémant de Die: Brut
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    £18.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £225.00
  2. Clairette de Die: Domaine Achard-Vincent 'Tradition'
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    £17.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £213.00
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