Chateau Massereau, Clairet, 2019
THE GRAPE: Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
THE PLACE: Bordeaux, France
THE TASTE: Cranberry / Olive / Minerals
THE WINEMAKER: Clairet is a very special type of wine with a fascinating history. It is a deep-hued rosé wine made only in Bordeaux, primarily from varietals Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The characteristic smell is typically light and juicy, with a distinctively dry, tannic taste. It is THE traditional wine made in Bordeaux dating back to the Middle Ages, when winemakers only let the wine ferment with the skins for a few days. Château Massereau, located on the Garonne River in the town of Barsac, was built in the 16th Century and taken over by the Chaigneau family in 2000. Though natural winemaking is still rare in a place so steeped in tradition, more winemakers, like the Chaigneau family, are highlighting natural winemaking and making the argument that it is inherently a return to tradition. They dry farm their Bordeaux varietals, and are known for their light reds and sweet whites.
Dark Rosé / Best Drank 5-8 years Old / Aged 3 years in Barrel