Château PENIN "Clairet"
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AOC Bordeaux

A supple wine, not very acid, fruity on the nose and palate.
It differs from rosé wines through having more body on the palate and is generally much more savoury than a rosé wine.

Since 1854 our exploitation is in the family,
Owned by Patrick Carteyron since 1982.

Surface area of the vineyard :
40 Hectares. Only 8,5Ha for this wine.

Terroir : Silty clay soil and sandy to reveal the delicacy of the fruit and elegant tannins.
Grape varieties of the Clairet : 100 % Merlot

Vinification :
- The grapes are picked when perfectly ripe.
- Total de-stemming. The berries go straight into vat.
- After 24 to 60 hours of maceration, depending on the vintage, the juice, which has already taken on some colour from the grape skins, is run off.
- This short maceration is what gives our clairet its typical character. It brings the colour and the character on the palate. The wine maker’s art is to assess the characteristics of the grapes and then extract just the right amount from the skins.
- The juice is fermented at low temperatures (16° - 18°C).

Ageing :
- The wine made does not systematically undergo a malolactic fermentation.
- Only after tasting the different batches do we decide what the next step will be. In the final blend, about 25% will have undergone a malo-lactic fermentation. Those wines which have done their "malo" bring roundness and fleshiness to the blend. The others bring aromatic finesse.
- The Clairet ages four months on its fine lees so as to develop finesse and typicity.
- The bottling takes place at the beginning of February.

Production : 70 000 bottles

Serving :
- Serve quite cool (9° - 11°). It is very pleasant as an apéritif with a few appetisers. It goes wonderfully well with starters, such as salads and charcuterie, as well as with other typical dishes like pizzas and couscous.

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