On Saturday September 18, we harvested our Jeriko plot for the first time. We started with the white grape varieties, Semillon, Sauvignon gris and Chardonnay. And yes, Chardonnay in Bordeaux! Monday 27th, we continued with the Chenin. and finally the Cabernet Franc the next day. We thought we would vinify our whites separately, each in an amphora, but the quantity required us to adapt. Thus, a first blend was made Sémillon / Sauvignon Gris / Chardonnay. The Chenin remains apart for the moment. Our Clairet will be 100% Cabernet Franc with this vintage. We will tell you more in a while.
Regarding our Red , no vintage 2021 ! We are sad, but we were very affected by the frost, then the hail and finally the Mildew. The profession of winegrower requires a lot of humility, and this year. But it's a fantastic job, always very rich in teaching. To be continued...
Everything you need to know about Le clairet de Bordeaux
Neither red nor rosé, Clairet, a unique Bordeaux wine!
Clairet is a Bordeaux wine in AOC. It will awaken your taste buds.
History of Clairet de Bordeaux
Its history dates back to the 12th century when Aquitaine was an English province. In 1152, our Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine, remarried to the future King of England Henri Plantagenet, future Henry II.
The English then appreciated this young and fruity wine, a mixture of white and black grape juice, made from several grape varieties. They nicknamed him "the French Claret". But after the defeat of Castillon in 1453, the English turned to Burgundy wines; the people of Bordeaux, seeking new markets, adapted by producing more concentrated, red wines that could be stored. Bordeaux red wine will thus know its letters of nobility again in England under the name of New French Claret.
It was in 1950 that Clairet was brought up to date by Roger Amiel, president of the Quinsac cooperative cellar, advised by the great Bordeaux oenologist Emile Peynaud.
How is Clairet produced?
Clairet is produced with red grape varieties: merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon most often. It can be obtained by bleeding (separation of the juice and the marc after a short maceration of about ten hours) giving it this special color, it is then fermented at low temperature for ten days.
In Boutinet, the Clairet 100% Merlot is harvested and vinified, with a cold maceration of 24 to 72 hours depending on the vintage and fermentation at 16 degrees. This maceration with the skin and the seeds will provide the desired color, aromas and structure. We are therefore neither on a rosé, nor on a red. But we find in Clairet, the freshness and aromas of red fruits of a rosé wine, enhanced by a very light structure of a red wine. Its soft tannins allow the novice consumer to easily understand the tannic structure of the wine.
How to serve a Bordeaux-Clairet?
This particular elaboration produces a wine of pleasure, simple and refreshing, easy to drink. It is tasted between 7 to 8 degrees. He thus knows how to reconcile lovers of rosé and red wines who are looking for a compromise for their meal under the sun!
Perfect to be shared with friends as an aperitif, it is also a very good companion for all dishes.
It will go perfectly with starters such as Tapas, raw vegetables, salad, cold meats. Dishes such as meat, fish, barbecue, and all spicy dishes. It will go perfectly with any type of cheese with character; and finally, it will brighten up your red fruit salad.
How long could you keep your clairet ?
Thanks to its slightly tannic structure, Clairet can be kept for 2 to 3 years.