There are two types of Rose wine made in Bordeaux, the more common French kind with its pale colour is called Rose and a darker traditional version, closer to a red wine, called Clairet. Clairet is unique to Bordeaux and the word Claret which is how the English used to refer to Bordeaux red wine is derived from the word, in the past Bordeaux red wine wasn’t as dark as it is now, instead it was a lighter red colour.
Jean Louis Sanforche continues the Bordeaux tradition and makes a wonderful Clairet. The 2016 vintage is lighter than normal but still made in the traditional manner. The nose its full of wild strawberries and hints of blackcurrant. It has more body then a normal rose. Similar flavours on the palate with a dash of cranberry and cherry. Medium acidity, serve chilled for the refreshing crispness.less