Clairette de Die rosé to hit the shelves next summer

Thursday January 05 2017 by Vitisphere

After a long-winded administrative and legal process, producers of Clairette de Die will finally be able to market a rosé version of their sparkling wines with permission backdated to the 2016 harvest. Their application, which was put forward in 2010, has been rubber-stamped by the authorities: the legal decree dated November 16 authorising rosé Clairette was published in the Official Journal on November 26, 2016.

National appellations institute INAO had already given the go-ahead last September but the final stage of the process was nail bitingly long for producers. If official approval had come through after December 10, the closing date for harvest returns, they would not have been eligible to use the appellation for wines from the 2016 crop. Despite opposition from producers of Cerdon, the first bottles of rosé Clairette de Die should hit the shelves from the start of next summer. The new sparkling wine is a blend of at least 75% red or white Muscat, complemented by the Clairette and Gamay grape varieties, with a maximum 10% of Gamay permitted.

 

Source: Vitisphere. Photo: Clairette de Die

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