Clairette de Die: New rosé category overcomes all but one legal hurdle

Friday November 04 2016 by Vitisphere

Clairette de Die producers moved a step nearer to marketing rosé wines under the label on September 7 when the national board of appellation institute INAO voted in favour of new production specifications, despite opposition from the Cerdon producers’ organisation. The decision comes just in the nick of time as Clairette growers had for several months been hoping they could produce rosés for the first time this year.

Nevertheless, they are not yet claiming victory and there is one more legal hurdle to overcome before December 10, the final date for submitting harvest returns: the decree must be published in the Official Journal by the ministry of agriculture, thereby rubber-stamping new production specifications. And the procedure can take several months. “One final piece of the puzzle is missing, and we are therefore being cautious”, said Fabien Lombard, chairman of the growers’ organisation. “But if everything goes well, we should be able to market the first bottles of Clairette rosée at the start of next summer”.

Producers of Cerdon, an ‘ancestral method’ rosé produced in the Ain department, have not yet decided whether to appeal the ruling before the Council of State.


[ Source: Vitisphere. Photo: Clairette de Die producers’ organisation ]


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