The Difference Between Clarete and Rosé Wines

Although this difference is not widely accepted, both are mainly known as rosé wines, there’re some clear differences between them.

– The claretes can only be young wines, while the rosés allow different types (young, crianza, reserva or gran reserva).
– The claretes are partially fermented in contact with the grape skin, whereas this is not the case with the rosés.
– The claretes are always made with a mixture of white (Viura) and red (Garnacha) grapes, whereas the rosés can be made only with red grapes or with a mixture of red and white grapes (but the whites always to a lesser extent).
– The initial development of the claretes, resembles more to red wines; while the rosés are more similar to white wines.

The area of Cordovín in La Rioja, is particularly well-known for its claretes.


5 thoughts on “The Difference Between Clarete and Rosé Wines

  1. When we visited the wine museum in Bordeaux, we were also told that the claret is left to ferment for longer with the grape skin, so it has a slightly darker colour. I can certainly taste the difference. Both are yummy, but the claret is stronger, has slightly more character.

    1. Marina Sofia the claretes are not the French Claret, the French Claret is a red wine, while the claretes are closer to rosés and have a pale pink colour.

      1. That’s the one I meant – not red at all, just a darker rose! In the English language it’s used to refer to red wine, but not in French (it’s clairet there).

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