The 2009 Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Book says of Clairette de Bellegarde: "Obscure AC nr Nimes: fresh white."
Before opening the bottle, I was tempted to plan posting "Mostly harmless" and leave it at that.
Not a highly-regarded grape.
Pale piss-yellow color, petillant bubbles form on the glass.
Fresh grapefruit smell, apple, floral hints.
Mild grapefruit and green apple flavors, alcohol warmth builds from the middle, a bit of carbonic acid produced by the petillance is appeciated.
An acceptable bottle for $16.99. I admit, the only reason I bought it was that I'd never tasted this grape. I doubt I'll do so again, but this wasn't the flabby horror that I'd come to expect and displayed some grace and balance of fruit and acid.
So rather than a dismissive "Mostly harmless", I'll close with a comprehensive "Interesting"!
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