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The Clairette de Die is a thin white wine, drank during its first year; in the second it is apt to deteriorate.
Once, I regret to say, when spring was beginning to come, Bidan-Prosper returned on "_le grand-père's_" arm with the utmost difficulty, owing to the presence within him of a liquid called Clairette de Die, no amount of which could subdue "_le grand-père's_" power of planting one foot before the other.
The other side of the Rhône is fruitful in minor sparkling wines, chief amongst which is the so-called Clairette de Die, made at the town of that name, a place of some splendour, as existing antiquities show, in the days of the Roman dominion in Gaul.
Clairette de Die is made principally from the blanquette or malvoisie variety of grape, which, after the stalks have been removed, is both trodden with the feet and pressed.
Newly-made Clairette de Die is a sweet sparkling wine, but it loses its natural effervescence after a couple of years, unless it has been treated in the same manner as champagne, which is rarely the case.
Die produces a sweeter sparkling wine, called Clairette de Die.