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Clairette de Die

Appellation for sparkling wine in the central part of the French wine-growing region of the Rhône. The vineyards cover around 1,300 hectares of vines. They are located in 31 communes east of Crest in the immediate vicinity of the eponymous town of Die on the Drôme tributary on the left or east of the Rhône. The Romans were already cultivating wine here at the turn of time. This is attested to by the historian Pliny the Elder (24-79 AD), who wrote in 77 that the wine from this region was the best natural sweet of the empire.

There are (was) two variants. The first, called Clairette de Die Mousseux, is a varietal sparkling wine made from the Clairette, produced according to the champagne method. This appellation was created in favour of Crémant de Die was discontinued in 1998. The second variant is a lightly sparkling wine, formerly known as Clairette de Die Tradition. It is produced from Muscat Blanc (at least 75%) and Clairette according to the special Méthode dioise. For this there is now the Appellation Clairette de Die Méthode Dioise Ancestrale.

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