Clairette de Die "Cuvée Impériale," Jaillance
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Clairette de Die "Cuvée Impériale," Jaillance - NV

Item # 12532 750mL
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Tasting Notes

This off-dry sparkling white wine has terrific quince and wild honey aromas. For those seeking a sparkler with a hint of sweetness, this is great for toasts or with dessert. From southern France and based on Muscat with a little added Clairette.


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Sweet Sparkles

It can be tough to find good, inexpensive Champagne these days. Lots of our customers have been asking me for Champagne alternatives that won’t break the bank but will still please the crowd. This sparkling Clairette from the south of France does more than just that. Sensual bubbles, floral notes of lavender, and sweet honeysuckle flavors in the mouth make this perfect for a dessert pairing. In addition, a taste of this will be most successful at the stroke of midnight. And at $15, it should be easy to get everyone a taste of deliciousness to bring in the New Year. Finally, let’s get down to business: my own creation, The Hogmany Cocktail, to be built in a champagne flute for efficiency. 4 oz. Clairette de Die “Cuvee Imperiale,” Jaillance sparkling wine 1 oz. Blended Scotch Whisky (I used Chivas Regal 12 yr.) 1 barspoon Drambuie Garnish with a lemon peel and add an optional splash of lemon juice if it is too sweet. A high-alcohol, arse-kicking tribute to the country that makes the best whisky in the world. Bliadhna mhath ur! (blee-a-na vah oor) - Happy New Year!

- DF

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Rhône

Prestige in the north, value in the south: that’s the quick version of the Rhône story. Southern village appellations produce a dizzying stylistic range of delicious wines, while the prices for northern “trophy” bottles can be dizzyingly high. If you like smoky, leathery, earthy, macho red wines, however, the wines of the northern Rhône are well worth it. Prestigious northern Rhône appellations...

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Clairette

Clairette is a term that is applied to several white varieties in southern France: "Clairette Ronde" refers to Ugni Blanc; there is also a pink-skinned variety called Clairette Rose. The real "Clairette Blanche," however, is a touchy grape that is added to many blends in the southern Rhône, Provence, and Languedoc. It is prized in such blends for its bright acidity and its aromatic properties.


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