The sparkling wine appellation of Clairette de Die holds its Les Espiègleries Festival de la Clairette de Die (Clairette de Die Festival) on 10-12 May 2018 in Die (26 Drome, ARA), a veritable feast of local food and all aspects of wine-making and drinking – with the added bonus of a local food market, music, dancing and ceremony!
Clairette de Die AC is a sparkling wine made east of the Rhone Valley between Montelimar and Valence. It is made from the Clairette and Muscat grapes, and tends to be light, fruity/grapey and refreshing – not to be confused with the drier Cremant de Die AC which is made solely from the Clairette grape. So just to clarify – Clairette de Die tends to be mainly Muscat – whilst Cremant de Die is mainly Clairette!!?!
Clairette de Die is a naturally sparkling white wine, which is characterised by its fruity flavour and its floral aromas. No sugar is added during the production process. There is simply no need, since tasting it is like biting into an extremely ripe fruit, an apricot or a peach, and simultaneously inhaling the aroma of white flowers such as the rose, eglantine, or honeysuckle. The colour can be more or less intense, ranging from an extremely pale straw colour to golden, depending on the method of production used by the winemaker. The sugar contained in Clairette is derived solely from the grapes, which means that this is a naturally sweet wine.
For more about the festival see http://les-espiegleries.com/
and for the local tourist office see www.diois-tourisme.com/
Die is situated east of Valence on the D93 towards Gap
For more about the wine appellation see http://www.clairette-de-die.com