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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Clairet, dark pink wine style that is a speciality of the bordeaux region, recalling the sort of red wines that were shipped in such quantity in the Middle Ages from Bordeaux to england, and which originally inspired the English word claret. Dark-skinned grapes are fermented in contact with the skins for about 24 hours before fermentation of this lightly coloured wine continues to dryness. Bordeaux Clairet should be drunk as young as possible.