L'AOC Clairette du Languedoc sous la neige !
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Clairette du Languedoc is located in the heart of the Hérault region and is actually the smallest appellation of AOC Languedoc. The area covers 90 hectares and enjoys a hot, dry climate that allows the Clairette Blanche to flourish.
Climate The region's climate is typically Mediterranean, characterised by mild winters and hot, dry summers. The relatively scarce annual rainfall (approximately 600 mm) arrives in Autumn from September to December. On the other hand, summers are often dry or even arid in the scrubland, with just a handful of showers in August during thunderstorms.
Soil type Clairette du Languedoc consists of three soil types: villafranchien, marl and shale.
The vines Clairette du Languedoc comes from a single grape variety: Clairette Blanche. Bunches are composed of small, translucent grapes. The soil allows for the production of very sweet grapes in a variety that is already rich in sugar. Clairette Blanche is sensitive to wind, but develops well in the sun and in dry, stony ground.
Production and ageing Clairette du Languedoc can be produced in four different forms:
Wines and liqueur wines must come from grapes harvested at full maturity. They can be either dry or slightly moist. Their color should be pale yellow or slightly green-gold. Rancio wines must clearly have undergone a process of oxidation after natural ageing (known as "madérisation") that changes both its taste and colour and may not be delivered to customers until it has been conserved for at least 3 years.