Repost from @micheljamais : What do you know about Clairette? Probably not so much, since this French variety very rarely is bottled on its own. It's one of the oldest varieties in France and it seems like is has it's birthplace somewhere around Hérault in south France. And here, in the warm and arid climate, where it also stands strong against the mistral wind, it preforms really well and produces fine white wines with good freshness. It can give quite large crops, so it either has to be pruned to lower yields, or come from very old vines for a lower natural production. Today it's planted on 2 405 hectares in the southern Rhône valley and the rest of south France, and it's actually much more important than the more well known Marsanne and Roussanne. To find a pure varietal wine of Clairette is not that easy, but the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Domaine Grande Romane from the family producer Pierre Amadieu is one of them, and it's a good one too. It comes from a four hectare vineyard with vines planted in 1954 in the 80 hectares Domaine Grand Romane at around 280 meters of altitude in the mountain range Dentelles de Montmirail in the Gigondas appellation. It's not a big and complex wine, but it's a wonderful wine with a pure fruit (citrus, pears, white peaches), some floral notes, a fine minerality and good freshness. It's easy to understand that the Amadieu family and many more with them, want to apply for the right to produce white wines with Gigondas appellation, rather than bottle these lovely wines as just plain generic Côtes du Rhône.
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