Crémant de Die: Brut
Yapp Brothers' Tom tasted the Crémant de Die Brut at Cassis restaurant: 'Crisp, light, dry, palate-cleansing aperitif, not to be confused with its Methode Dieoise stablemate which is richer and could partner desserts.'
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Clairette de Die|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Clairette|
|Cellarage||Best drunk when young and fresh, within its first 3 years.|
|Vinification||The clairette grapes used to make the Crémant de Die Brut are picked at optimum ripeness and are then pressed and fermented to produce a still wine. This is then vivified in the Méthode Traditionelle (formerly known as 'Champenois', which is now reserved exclusively for wines made in the Champane region).
A mixture of yeasts and sugar, known as liqueur de triage, is added to the still wine in the bottle (which is then sealed with a crown cap) to induce a secondary fermentation the by-product of which is carbon dioxide which gives the wine its 'sparkle'. Modern gyropallettes are used to tilt and turn the bottles (a process known as remuage) to collect deposits of yeast on the bottle closure. The neck of the bottle is then frozen in brine solution and these deposits are removed (known as degorgement) before the bottles are topped up and sealed with a proper flared cork.
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||11.5|
Domaine Achard-Vincent (Jean-Pierre Achard)
Jean-Pierre Achard and his son Thomas farm 12 hectares of vines in the appellation of Clairette de Die, in the Drôme valley, around the village of Sainte Croix, 8 kilometres west of the town of Die. The Domaine Achard-Vincent enjoys a dramatic location in the foothills of the Alps at the confluence of the rivers Drôme and Sure. This impressive, independent estate was an early pioneer of organic viticulture and the vineyard has been fully certified by Ecocert since 1982. The Achards’ signature wine, which dominates production is a delicate, gently-sparkling sweet Clairette de Die made from a blend of 80% Muscat and 20% Clairette. Jean-Pierre also makes a dry, sparkling, bottle-fermented Crémant de Die from a blend of Clairette, Aligoté and Muscat.View more wines from this producer...