Clairette is one of southern France’s oldest grape varieties, typical of the Mediterranean region. Its cylindrical/conical clusters are of medium size. The flesh of the grape is especially juicy. The vine is well adapted to dry, infertile limestone soils. Clairette can be vinified on its own or blended with other grape varieties. It needs to be pruned hard to get a good yield. The grapes produce a fruity wine, high in alcohol content and low in acidity. The finish is slightly bitter. As the wine maderises (oxidises) quickly, it is best drunk within the first year.
Wines made from this grape are characterised by flavours of fennel, apple, lime, apricot and peach.