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NV Clairette de Die Brut

Achard-Vincent
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A narrow route nationale follows the meandering Drôme River east from where it flows into the Rhône, flanked on either side by hills and eventually small mountains—a precursor to the mighty Alpine peaks found not too far away. The local specialty here is Clairette de Die, a somewhat sweet Muscat crafted via the méthode Dioise ancestrale, which supposedly outdates the production of all other sparkling wines. This brut bottling, however, is a dry wine made exclusively from Clairette, crafted by the méthode traditionnelle that is also used in Champagne. With refreshing citrus and a hint of honeysuckle on the nose followed by a delicious-with-anything palate, this minerally sparkler ensures palate stimulation with every sip.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: sparkling
Vintage: NV
Bottle Size: 750mL
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine Achard-Vincent
Winemaker: Jean Pierre & Thomas Achard
Vineyard: 12 ha total
Soil: Limestone, Marl, Scree
Alcohol: 11.5%

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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