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AOC Bordeaux/Cave de Quinsac  - Clairet de Quinsac 2011


AOC Bordeaux Clairet

The "Cave de Quinsac" is proud of its Clairet named nowadays « Bordeaux Clairet » Appellation Contrôlée. This winery produces this Appellation since 1951. This traditional wine has a real typicity with specific quality characters.

Bordeaux Clairet is the title used for lighter-style red wines made under the generic Bordeaux appellation. These wines reflect the style of red Bordeaux as it was centuries ago, when the wines began to be exported around Europe – particularly to England. The word 'claret' (now used by many English as a general term for red Bordeaux) is an anglicized version of clairet.

Bordeaux Clairet wines are made under almost exactly the same production conditions as regular Bordeaux red; the difference arises in the specific winemaking techniques that are employed. The period of time that Clairet must spends in contact with the skins during fermentation is less than for other red Bordeaux wines, being a matter of days rather than weeks. This means that less tannin and color is extracted from the skins and pips into the juice, resulting in a lighter style of wine and a color similar to a deep-hued rose wine. The flavors and mouthfeel which result from this distinctive technique are noticeably different, too, being lighter and more fruit-driven.

Bordeaux Clairet wines are approachable at a younger age than regular Bordeaux reds because of their less complex structure, and also reach their peak sooner – generally within two years.

The Clairet is elaborated with the same varietals as a traditional red Bordeaux wine : 90 % Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The vinification is made by bleeding of a vat in a protected atmosphere, after a maceration of 24 to 48 hours at low temperature in stainless steel tanks.

Colour: Red
Cuvée: Bordeaux Clairet
Appellation: AOC Bordeaux Clairet
Cellarage: 1 to 2 years
Cave de Quinsac
Region: Bordeaux
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot