The Bordeaux Clairet is comprised of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, organically grown, destemmed and macerated for four days in a pneumatic press. The result is this delicious anachronism: the most unusual style of Bordeaux – halfway between a rosé and a red wine, and a direct descendent of the wines produced in fifteenth century.
In the glass, the limpid Bordeaux Clairet is the color of Red Haven peaches, with flashes of polished copper at the edge. Fresh cut wildflowers, cranberries, and orange peel move in and out of the foreground, sometimes trading places with rhubarb, garden herbs, and a fleeting faint suggestion of fading rose petals. On the palate the wine is generous and round, with red raspberries and fresh strawberries seasoned with a delicate walnut and orange-citric bitterness, which carries the wine through a long, appetizing finish.