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La Clairette

Elegance and Freshness in the Whites of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Cépage emblématique de la vallée du Rhône méridionale, la clairette apporte aux vins blancs de Châteauneuf-du-Pape fraîcheur, finesse et une belle palette aromatique. Chez Berthet-Rayne, ce cépage ancien est choyé pour sa vivacité et son élégance, conférant équilibre et harmonie à notre cuvée Tradition Blanc.


A Well-Adapted Southern Variety

Present in the south since the 16th century, Clairette is perfectly suited to the Mediterranean climate of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Hardy, it resists drought and disease well. At Domaine Berthet-Rayne, Clairette vines thrive on stony soils, where they can fully express their typicity.

Easy to cultivate, Clairette produces medium-sized clusters of juicy berries. Harvested at optimal maturity, the grapes reveal delicate aromas of white-fleshed fruits such as peach and apple, with floral notes reminiscent of linden. The Mistral wind sanitizes the clusters and preserves their aromatic freshness until harvest.


A Characterful Variety in Blends


In the white wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clairette is often blended with other varieties like Bourboulenc, Roussanne, or Grenache Blanc. It contributes freshness, finesse, and delicate floral notes to these blends. Its vivacity is a key asset to balance the opulence of the other grape varieties.

Clairette forms the backbone of our Tradition Blanc cuvée, where it comprises 40% of the blend alongside Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, and Roussanne.

Harvested at peak maturity, it is vinified at low temperatures to preserve its delicate fruitiness and freshness. The wine is distinguished by its pale yellow color, floral and citrus aromas, and a harmonious balance between roundness and vivacity.

Clairette is a historic grape variety of Châteauneuf-du-Pape that deserves all our attention. We generously use it in our Tradition Blanc to bring freshness, finesse, and balance to the blend.
Martial Capeau, winemaker of Domaine Berthet-Rayne.

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