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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

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Technical Information
Wine Type: sparkling
Vintage: NV
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Clairette
Appellation: Clairette de Die
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine Achard-Vincent
Winemaker: Jean Pierre & Thomas Achard
Vineyard: 35 years average, 12 ha total
Soil: Limestone, Marl, Scree
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 12%

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Inspiring Thirst

I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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