Wine tasting - Classic claret versus new world Bordeaux blends Tuesday 18 February 2020 18:30 Bishopsgate

Claret & claret style wines
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Claret derives from the French clairet  a now uncommon dark rosé, which was the most common wine exported from Bordeaux until the 18th century. The name was anglicised to "claret" as a result of its widespread consumption in England during the period in the 12th–15th centuries.

 It is a protected name within the European Union, describing a red Bordeaux wine, accepted after the British wine trade demonstrated over 300 years' usage of the term.

The meaning of "claret" has changed over time to refer to a dry, dark red Bordeaux. 

It has remained a term associated with the English upper class, and consequently appears on bottles of generic red Bordeaux in an effort to raise their status in the market.

Classic grapes of the region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot And Malbec.

Ben Hawkins our host and wine buff from Fields, Morris & Verdin will be on hand to answer all your questions and share his passion for good quality tipple.


         2015      Anthonij Rupert, Optima, Western Cape, South Africa  

         2016      Waterford Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa  

         2018      Tzingarella, Monte Bernardi, Tuscany, Italy  

         2015      Ch. Labadie, Médoc, Bordeaux  

         2014      Ch. Teyssier, Montagne-St Emilion, Bordeaux  

         2016      Ch. Soussans, Margaux, Bordeaux  


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