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With an almost unbroken run as our bestselling red, this fruity, unoaked merlot-based Bordeaux is the result of a long and fruitful partnership with the Sichel family, whose impeccable credentials include ownership and part ownership respectively of crus Angludet and Palmer. They've supplied us with this wine for over a quarter of a century, and we select the final blend each year to keep it fresh and easy-drinking with true Bordeaux character.
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Maison Sichel first set up an acquisitions office in Bordeaux in 1883, and since then six generations of the Sichel family have built upon their empire. Not only do they sell wine today, but they are also growers and winemakers, and represent some very well-respected names. They currently own wine estates covering 350 hectares of vineyards, including Châteaux Angludet and Palmer in Bordeaux, and Château Trillol in Corbières.Their technical director is Yvan Meyer, and he is the winemaker behind The Society’s Claret, which is currently our bestselling red wine. It is made at Cave Bel Air in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux region, and the grapes are sourced from local producers. Every year our Bordeaux buyer, Tim Sykes, travels to Maison Sichel to select the final blend.The blend varies greatly each year, but in each vintage our aim remains the same: to create a fresh, easy-drinking and accessible wine with true Bordeaux character, but without the firmer tannins of other clarets that may need more time in the cellar. It is perhaps for this reason that The Society’s Claret is always a huge hit with our members.
If the word Bordeaux is mentioned most people take it to refer to red wine. Though a good deal of white wine is made in Bordeaux, and some of the finest white Bordeaux are only entitled to that generic appellation contrôlée nomenclature, it is reds that are most associated with the region.The Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur regional appellation contrôlées are spread throughout the Bordeaux region. A bright colour, a clean, deep, appealing red-fruit nose (with hints of vanilla and spice if the wines have been aged in oak) and the classic balance of alcohol, tannin and acidity are the hallmarks. These modest designations verify that the wine comes from a particular region and conforms to certain criteria, such as alcohol content, but cannot be relied upon as a guarantee of quality. Many good wines are made in little-known appellations, just as mediocre bottles can have grand origins, so the key is to follow a property or grower you like and trust.The climate of Bordeaux is deeply influenced by its proximity to water, whether it is the sea, the estuary or the rivers, all have a major impact on the grapes grown and the wine made with them. The maritime climate is mild and gently warmed by the Gulf Stream which has a ready conduit deep inland via the Gironde estuary. The estuary acts as a moderator of the extremes of winter and summer. Summers are generally hot and autumns fairly long and mild. Winter and spring too are relatively mild but also often wet, and overall, give or take the odd and very rare major weather event, the climate is generally stable and consistent. Dampness is indeed on of the major difficulties of wine production and it is no coincidence that the anti-fungal spray ‘Bordeaux Mixture’ was developed here in the 19th century. In terms of weather events the two that are often encountered, sometimes with devastating effects, are hail and frost. Bear in mind that Bordeaux lies on a latitude of 45 degrees and should you travel across the Atlantic on that latitude you would make landfall in Nova Scotia. Without the Gulf Stream and proximity to bodies of water Bordeaux would be a much more marginal climate for making wine.Red wines are the biggest part of the wine production of Bordeaux. Some 55,000 hectares of vines are employed in the making of Bordeaux AC and Bordeaux Supérieur AC. The most planted red grape is merlot, followed by cabernet sauvignon. Most of these generic Bordeaux are made outside of more specific communes, and indeed may be made from grapes grown anywhere in the Bordeaux region, and it would be strange indeed, in commercial terms, if a grower could label his wine as something more prestigious but chose the Bordeaux AC for his bottles. The Entre-Deux-Mers region, between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, is home to much of the production of generic Bordeaux on its clay, or sand and clay soils with occasional outcrops of limestone and gravels.However, there are regulations and strictures that must be adhered to. To qualify for Bordeaux AC status the wine must naturally achieve 10% abv, and for Supérieur status the requirement is 10.5%. In actual fact the majority of wines are between 11% and 12.5 % abv, and as the climate warms up and vine canopy management and vineyard techniques continue to improve this may rise. Most reds from these appellations are designed to be drunk young.At this level some of the fruit is machine harvested, though much is still picked by hand because of the narrow row width of most Bordeaux vineyards, and the winemaking is fairly standard, with temperature control now the norm and chaptalisation less common than it used to be. Barrels are not often used for these wines due to their expense, though large wooden vats or hand me down barrels previously used by a wealthier producer might be utilised. Such second-hand barrels require great care to be taken to maintain them.Co-operatives still make most of these generic bottlings, but there are many smaller estates, many of them conscientious and making excellent wines that represent terrific value, that are finding the going tough in the prevailing economic climate and in the face of stiff competition at their price point from wines made in places where conditions and costs are more propitious for making fruity affordable wines. Négociants operate within Bordeaux and a good deal of the wine or grapes that make generic Bordeaux pass through the hands of companies like Maison Sichel and Dourthe.
"Very easy drinking, every day claret. Don’t over think it....it is only £7.50 a bottle!!! The 2018 is excellent at this price point. "
I would recommend this wine
"A nice complex claret with good depth.Very well priced.Will buy again"
"A first Wine Society wine for me, and certainly easy drinking although I had hoped for more. Merlot-based, and unoaked with blackberry, spice and tobacco on the nose even if a bit thin. To taste, blackberry, plum, a little cherry, coffee and soft tannins."
"I think Mr Wynell-Mayow and Mr McCann sum it up well. I've just drunk a half-bottle. It had lovely warm spiced plum aromas and taste. Nice tannins and was well balanced - excellent for the price."
"Very easy drinking, every day claret. Don’t over think it....it is only £7.50 a bottle!!! The 2018 is excellent at this price point. "
I would recommend this wine
"Allan Shearer (04 Feb 2020) sums it up well: "disappointing . . . showing neither depth nor complexity". I found it disappointingly thin and acidic. Sorry, but I simply couldn't detect any of the fruitiness mentioned in the Society's tasting notes."
"It lacks body for a claret but I like the blend of 55% merlot, 27% cab franc and 18% cab sauvignon. You don’t get that much cabernet in a claret at this price range. Very good value."
"likable an very drinkable nice red"
"I found this really disappointing. Showing neither depth nor complexity."
"A wine I’ve enjoyed before asa good everyday claret. However, this offering as part of the 2018 claret case was disappointing in this company. All 5 others, including 3 which were cheaper, were (to my taste) better. "
"I thought it was a nice Claret, had it with Christmas dinner, a little sharp and dry but very drinkable. "
"Some black fruit on the nose but lacking body. The wine felt a bit numb and ungenerous."
"Pleasantly impressed with this. "
"Moderate fruit, light ot medium body. Not the best WS value claret in this price range."
"Fruity, firm, dry, good staple."
"Perfectly decent young claret. Ripe and fruity with good grip making this perfectly good midweek fare and great value at £7.50. "
"Love my claret but this 2018 just didn't hit the mark. Lacked body - won't buy again."
"I’ve had both the 2015 and 2016 vintages of this Society favourite and found them to be exceptional value for money. However, I’m just not feeling this 2018 vintage. It’s a bit angular. Perhaps needs more time in the bottle."
"A nice complex claret with good depth.Very well priced.Will buy again"
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"Nothing to dislike, nothing to like, dull middle of the road red wine. "
Mr John Preston (25-Oct-2019)
"A thin and watery wine with little to recommend it. Disappointing."
Mr Peter Hammersley (07-Jul-2019)
"Personally don’t feel this is good value, not that enjoyable and quite a thin wine without much taste to it"
Mr Alfred Baldwin (14-Jun-2019)
"Disappointed with this one, very flat and dull. Wouldn’t order this again. First wine I have tried from the Society that’s not been a hit round the dinner table."
Miss Jennifer Veitch (29-May-2019)
"Very pleasant, easy drinking. Of course its not a "fine wine" but it certainly is really good for the price"
Mr Paul Gauntlett (08-May-2019)
"I found this a pleasant wine, "easy drinking" is a good description. However, probably wouldn't rush to order again."
Dr David Bryson (25-Apr-2019)
"Fantastic value everyday wine. Quite an approachable style which is not a bad thing. Works well in a half bottle format, perfect for one. "
Mr Malcolm Venter (07-Apr-2019)
"As a low-cost French wine for general everyday consumption, this is a cracking bottle that has never let me down. Is it going to set the world on fire? No. But one gets what one pays for and for the price, you can't go wrong. "
Mr Benjamin T Humphrey (29-Mar-2019)
"I had this claret with my meal of casseroled beef with vegetables . I enjoyed it very much . It had a lot of body to it. I enjoyed it as much as Trenel I had last night. When i am hungry and i just want to eat this is a good wine to go with my condition."
Mr Ken Smith (24-Mar-2019)
"Really excellent well rounded French wine, has a decent amount of body for the price, some tannins too. Really good. Just to point out though that it was almost undrinkable on day 2 so drink up! "
Mr Charles Snead (22-Mar-2019)
"very decent for the price. med body, quite prominent tannins."
Mr Charles Snead (08-Mar-2019)
"Having read very positive reviews, I was a little reluctant to add my thoughts. The wine looked promising in the glass but I found little on the nose and not a lot on the palate, perhaps I’m simply not used to a less full bodied wine but I certainly didn’t think ‘wow’. "
Mrs Elissa Patterson (23-Jan-2019)
"How to cater for large dinner party of 14 without breaking the bank, knowing that all are walking home and no-one is working tomorrow? Well, you could do worse than decant this 24 hours in advance. There's no finesse with muslin and funnels, its young so chuck it in and leave the lid open, frankly a water jug would work. The 24 hours isn't an estimate by the way, this was still quite hard up to 18 hours before the harsh edges fell away. Equally much longer than 24 hours and there isn't enough body to stay the course. Don't worry about our guests, they were softened up with a delicious Chablis with their starter and a pud wine to send them home and still enjoyed 5 bottles of this young 'un."
Mr Simon Gill (17-Dec-2018)
"A very pleasant drink two ticks Wells-Next-The-Sea"
Mr John Corney (05-Dec-2018)
Yorkshire Post (27th Jul 2019)
"My favourites from
The Wine Society include many of its own-label Society wines such as [this] and
Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2018 which hit the mark for both flavour and price. - Christine Austin"
The Gentleman's Journal (19th Jul 2019)
"Everything about this
bottle appealed to the team’s taste — from its amethyst hue, to its
unapologetically rich nose and body. A fruity, soft red with a peppery finish,
this offering from The Wine Society is undeniably rustic in both style and
Whilst some of the team had their reservations about the sharpness of this
wine, at £6.95 a bottle we are seriously impressed. - Anna Galbraith"
Decanter (5th Jun 2019)
"My favourite everyday
claret: 'This is our best-selling red wine. Every January I go to Bordeaux and
put together the blend of the new vintage with Maison Sichel's excellent
technical director Yvan Meyer. I aim for an easy-drinking claret with immediate
appeal that has unmistakable Bordeaux character. Unlike most of our
competitors, we don't include any oak in the blend, so you're just tasting the
fruit.' - Tim Sykes"
Lynn News (7th May 2019)
"The Wine Society have
always been good at generic wine and their 2017 Claret is great stuff.
Medium-bodied and fresh tasting - as is the vintage's nature - its juicy red
and blackberry fruit, subtle notes of minerals and raspberries and rounded
tannins make for a very enjoyable evening sipper. - Giles Luckett"
"This is a good wine, and better than the Graves and Bordeaux Superieur I bought at the same time: smooth but not soft"
Mr Bill Sanderson (16-Feb-2019)
"This is now my go to Bordeaux - it is completely consistent - my experience of recent vintages is that it is reliable in volume. I see no shame in opening with vintage Bordeaux at large dinner parties and gatherings then going for this Society Claret."
Mr Tom Petch (12-Jan-2019)
"A very pleasant two tick wine the amateur sommelier of Wells-Next-The-Sea"
"A little bit of wood and smoke on the nose, with a surprisingly subtle palate. Not subtle as to intensity – it's robust, with traditional Claret fruit, a little spice, and a woodchip tang. It has some subtle structure holding it together – not anything forward, just a medium-bodied framework the fruit and acid hangs upon. There's acid throughout, which dominates the finish, with a little, slightly sweeter fruit. Decent. 6/10 "
Mr Owen Edwards (04-Dec-2018)
"best value claret I have ever tasted! Shocked how lovely it tasted for the price!"
Mr Tobin Ayers (15-Oct-2018)
"Has an acidic chemical after taste. Really not nice at all, left half the bottle. "
Mr David Meagor (28-Sep-2018)
"At this price point, hard to argue with. Leave to breathe, it will be OK accompanying the usual food suspects "
Mr Frederick Matthews (25-Aug-2018)
Mr Trefor Rosser-James (15-Jul-2018)
"Full disclosure - I hate cheap red wine with a vengeance and so expected to hate this, not least as my formative wine moments were made when classed growth claret was fairly affordable. Many cheaper reds have a mono dimensionality of flavour, coupled with a slap you in the face sweet fruitiness. That is the antithesis of how I see claret, the most cerebral of wines. Well this isn't Pichon Lalande, but it has the hallmarks of a classic claret, generosity of fruit, but decent structure to support it. Another remarkably good job by TWS. Quite shocked!
Mr Neil Hogg (13-Jul-2018)
"I ordered one of these as a filler in a mixed case, not expecting too much for a generic claret. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was! Proper Bordeaux character- no oak as is the modern style for this level- but an authentic bouquet and plenty of flavour. It does have an astringent edge which some may find a bit off-putting. It does make it a wine capable of handling robust food flavours. However I also found it good without food. I will buy again- many others obviously agree as it's a best-seller."
Dr Robin W D Mitchell (02-Jun-2018)
"Decent claret for the price, good and honest nothing special but nothing wrong with it either. Served it warmer than usual and that helped."
Mr Dominic Tucker (29-May-2018)
"I was a bit worried by the other reviews here as I have been buying this for years and was looking to restock now that my 2015 was running out.
Only bought one case, just in case, but it's as good as ever.
Can't be beaten as standard everyday red."
Mr G J Porcas (23-Apr-2018)
"Sorry to say tat my wife and I thought this wine to be rather disappointing. I agree with the previous comment, too acidic and a little rather rough on the edges. Not one I would buy again"
Mr Christopher Day (20-Jan-2018)
"I found the 2016 Claret over acidic.Disappointing:sorry to say."
Prof Denis Gleeson (22-Dec-2017)
"Very good value. Medium body. Red and black fruits. Certainly much better when opened and left for a while
Mr Tom Rodger (22-Oct-2017)
"After year of struggling with overpriced and over serious Bordeaux I have moved down market. What a relief to find this wine. Fresh food-friendly authentic Bordeaux as it used to be. Very useful standby in half bottles."
Raymond A Fulton (10-Oct-2017)
"Everyday drinking wine, light, fruity, not fully developed, slightly acid. Reasonable for the price. Family and BBQ use and quaffing on your own would be fine. Not one to impress the neighbours."
Dr Martin Wilkinson (06-Sep-2017)
"for £6.75 the buyer should get a knighthood, ok its a particularly good vintage, but as an easy drinking guzzler its the biz. It loses its acidic youthfullness and rounds up like a decent jugged bordeaux you might get in a bistro near Bordeaux, if you decant it for a couple of hours."
Mr James Brown (28-Jul-2017)
"This vintage of a normally quaffable wine is slightly too tannic to be an everyday claret: I detect a strong flavour of cabernet franc, almost Loire in its bluntness – for everyday drinking I would want something softer and more food-friendly. “Merlot based” it may be, but is that a shade disingenuous?"
Mr Nigel Cory (10-Jul-2017)
"Hmmmm this really grew on me with each glass. To start I found it a bit heavy and tannic but it opened up very nicely. Notably refreshing and pleasurable. Another one of the Wine Society's very good > £8 clarets."
Mr Aaron Frazer (29-Jun-2017)
"Wonderful "all-rounder" and very drinkable table wine
Medium bodied and haven't found anyone who didn't like it. I prefer heavier, older claret and my wife a lighter red..... but we both enjoy this wine! Well done (again) the society for solving our problem !
Great value for money in my book"
Mr Richard A Emmett (07-Jun-2017)
"Pleasant, easy drinking and good value. Not surprised it's a best seller."
Mr Bruce Collinson (31-May-2017)
"Quite dry, quite light, very easy drinking. Not my usual type of wine (I generally prefer more full bodied), but would definitely reorder this again. Good value.
Mr George O'Neill (24-May-2017)
"Exactly what I expected for under £7 a bottle and that is not a negative. A lovely midweek glugger with dinner. Highest compliment I can pay the wine is that the girlfriend enjoys a glass and she insists she dislikes red."
Mr Simon Mountjoy (21-May-2017)
"The Society's Claret is back on form with the 2015. After a few years of mild disappointment, this year's version is very enjoyable, esspecially at the price."
Mr Simon Mollett (06-Jan-2017)
"Simple but decent and (if you don't let your expectations run away with you) a perfectly enjoyable glugger. Would happily drink again."
Mr Robert Trevelyan (10-Dec-2016)
"I haven't had claret in years and wasn't certain about ordering this one, but am so glad I did. This is smooth and slightly buttery - very moreish indeed and definitely would order again."
Miss Heidi Daugherty (02-Dec-2016)
"A long time since we have had this, this time it came in in wine without fuss. OK, it's not yer fancy claret but it's a decent drinking claret when you don't need to impress anyone and it's kitchen dinner."
Mr James D Tassell (17-Sep-2016)
Mr Piers Beckley (04-Sep-2016)
"I was a little reluctant to order this following the mixed reviews of the previous vintage but recently got 2 bottles in a mixed case. The initial smell and taste didn't do much to allay my fears but after giving it some time and air it opened up nicely and was enjoyable to drink.
It does what it says on the tin and is a nice everyday wine for those, who like me, prefer more tanic reds to the new world fruit bombs stocked by the supermarkets at a similar price.
I don't think its quite as good as Berry's Good Ordinary Claret but its not far off and is a fair bit cheaper.
I will be ordering some half bottles for mid week drinking."
Mr David Marshall (24-Mar-2016)
"Excellent value wine.Good depth of flavour and significant - and welcome- fruit alongside the expected minerality. I've had worse bottles of claret that cost 2 and 3 times as much."
Mr John Carr (12-Mar-2016)
"Very nice drinkable Bordeaux. There's just a hint of what I would describe as chalkiness at the end of a mouthful, the only thing which gives it away as a cheaper wine. A great mid-week or night-in wine nonetheless! I always get a bottle or two with each order."
Mr Matt Ridley (15-Feb-2016)
"This is our standard wine and we have drunk many, many cases over the decades. This year on the morning after, we find the slightest suspicion of a headache, never before encountered, and most unwelcome. Looking forward to a return to old times next year hopefully. We may have to explore other corners of the list in the interim."
"I love this wine, In have had bottles of claret at twice the price that are nowhere near the quality of this excellent offering."
Mr Adam Morris (10-Jan-2016)
"A wine to restore your faith in the Bordeaux region. Clearly this shows what can be achieved at the budget end of the spectrum by a producer who knows what they're doing. I've had Bordeaux at three times the price that didn't have the character of this (note to winemakers: tannin does not equal character). Simple, fruity, plenty of plums and a touch of green pepper with just enough structure to keep it drinkable to the end of the bottle, or let it pair up with a bolognese."
Mr Barry Smith (15-Dec-2015)
"The only 'house' bottle I've ordered thus far from The Society, and what a let-down. Non-descript when we expected a lot better."
Mr Addam Merali-Hosiene (25-Nov-2015)
"The bottle we had really lacked any appealing characteristics. society wines are generally very good, but I wouldn't recommend this one!"
Mr Barry Kidd (14-Sep-2018)
Mr Paul Murdin (11-Aug-2016)
"Top marks to the buyer. For the money and more it's excellent value, bright, fruity but definitely a Bordeaux. I can't recommend it enough."
Mr James Brown (03-Aug-2015)
"This wine was a disappointment. You would hardly know it was a Bordeaux if not for the label. No varietal flavours, virtually no bouquet at all."
Dr Brian Metters (16-Jun-2015)
"Great wine for the price."
Mr Tom Watts (11-Apr-2015)
"A good, honest, enjoyable claret - and good value. I'll be back for more!"
Mr Gregory J Wright (07-Mar-2015)
"Disturbed by the astringent taste in the first glass and heeding the advice of the chap who decanted his bottle for 3 days. We rapidly decanted the rest of the bottle into a Hook Norton Brewery Pint Glass. Taking another pint glass of different origin we performed a vigorous exchange of the fluid between the two receptacles in the method commonly used to cool hot tea when in a rush. After toiling considerably, the wine was markedly improved. Would not buy again."
Mr Noah Evans Harding (20-Feb-2015)
"This was another Society own label that didn't disappoint. Clean, fresh and easy drinking with plenty well balanced fruit this beats any supermarket own label Clarets. Good value."
Mr Shane Keen (20-Jan-2015)
"I don't agree with the recent reviews. When I served this wine at a recent dinner party everyone wanted to know where it had come from. Smooth and delicious with a reasonable alcohol content that didn't blow your head off!"
Mrs Helen Bogle (24-Nov-2014)
"I am not at all impressed with the latest Wine Society Claret. Friends have also been a bit rude about it! Sad as this should be the showcase every day red of the Society ."
Mr Andrew C Campbell (13-Nov-2014)
"Enjoyable to drink although not as full bodied as other clarets I have previously tried but still a really nice wine to have with a meal, as stated in the description the wine is light and fruity and great value at this price."
Mr David Mitchell (06-Oct-2014)
"A few bottles of The Society Claret have been included in most of my orders back to 2011. Sadly the latest batch is not up to standard ok with food but leaves a nasty aftertaste. I will not be ordering this in the future not to recommended.
Mr Christopher Taylor (18-Sep-2014)
"Encouraged by members reviews I ordered this towards the end of 2013.
I was not disappointed, this is not a wine for special occasions, but it is a good honest claret for enjoying with food anytime. We drink wine for pleasure, I hope to be enjoying this one long into the future."
Mr Sidney Roots (06-Apr-2014)
"Can't believe I'd never tried this before. Delicious stuff- savoury, light, refreshing and almost too easy to drink. Not complex but I'd happily drink a glass of this anytime of day with or without food."
Mr Jonathan Rippon (08-Mar-2014)
"A good example of a typical Bordeaux, bit too much Cabernet in my opinion, however very drinkable."
Mr Craig Owen (15-Feb-2014)
"Was very impressed with this claret early 2013. But seemed average on buying another bottle at the back end of 2013?"
Dr Jonathan Winship (23-Jan-2014)
"Disappointed with this wine. Decanted it but it had a vinegary flavour and it wasn't until the third day that I could say (for me anyway) that it was properly drinkable. Will not repeat this purchase…and although quite a new member, that is the first Wine Society bottle I could say that about."
Mr David O'Brien (22-Jan-2014)
"Is this the nicest Claret in the society's range? No. Is it a decent wine that one can drink as an everyday tipple quite easily. Absolutely. It is no where near as fruity as some of the new world wines on hear and I have heard some people describe it as 'dry'. This is no bad thing. It is slightly more intriguing than other more basic wines but without the complexities of say a Les Tour. Alright, we're never going to roll it out for a member of the Royal Family but as my regular house guests do not yet consist of HRHs this is a wine that will find it on to my rack time and time again. Well priced, unpretentious, and fits well with everyday life."
Mr Benjamin T Humphrey (23-Nov-2013)
"Certainly not the most complex of wines, but a pleasant and drinkable Bordeaux. Generic red fruit and graphite are all I could really detect. Probably a little harsh, tannin wise, for drinking on its own, but a salty, savoury accompaniment really brings out the soft fruity Merlot flavours. At this price point, I'd say a good choice for everyday drinking with strong dishes and cheeses."
"Arrived as a gift Xmas 2012, tasted April 2013. Rather good - light and (to my taste) more akin to a well made cabernet franc blend, strawberries and cream, rounded and with excellent depth without being heavy. Nothing complex, but great lunchtime / mid-week claret. What it isn't, is a fragrant cabernet sauvignon, thin, mouth puckering Medoc like so many others! Definitely worth buying more - a credit to The Society. Be interesting to see if I was just lucky, or if there is consistency."
Mr Tim Potts (29-Apr-2013)
"Younger people with a sweet tooth may not like this wine, but it is a very good everyday Bordeaux. It was what I was brought up with in France and England."
Mr John R Howson (21-Mar-2013)
"This wine reminded me of what good house claret should be. Pleasantly full, tannic and long. Not as good as BBR's Extraordinary Good Claret but represents value at £2.50 cheaper."
Mr Charles Stokes (05-Jan-2013)
"We decided to pair this wine with traditional Roast Beef. We found black fruits to the fore and gentle tannins. A pleasant wine to have with food.
Mr Martin Boulton (14-Aug-2012)
"This is one of those wines that you have to accept for what it is, rather than complain about what it is not. It is most definitely not an expensive, modern, over-extracted, fruit-driven Bordeaux. What it is, is an old fashioned, light, slightly tannic, everyday food wine, more in the style of a good Beaujolais. Looked upon like this, it represents great value for money and I would happily drink it over any New World equivalent. This is a style of wine which is deeply out of fashion at the moment but don't be put off; there's more to life than alcoholic fruit juice!"
Mr Daniel Harrison (08-Jun-2012)
"Roughly four out of five bottles of this wine have been excellent, the fifth a disappointment; those were possibly bin ends. The one I have just finished is a reminder of just how good this blend is. Moreover it remains not just drinkable but seriously enjoyable 48 hours after opening (given evacuation). Better value than most petit-chateau clarets at up to twice the price."
Dr Christopher Currie (22-Apr-2012)
"I like this; a modest, dry, fresh and classic style which opens up beautifully when decanted. Well worth the price and excellent with (sorry designed for!) food. Keep it up chaps and chapesses."
Mr Tomas Bexton (17-Apr-2012)
"Quite rough and cheap tasting. I won't be buying this again."
Mr Gawain Young (30-Mar-2012)
"This has had very mixed reviews. I am most definitely in agreement with the others who say this is one to avoid."
Mr Jack Morrocco (27-Mar-2012)
"In the past I have had a mixed experience with claret prefering Rhone reds. This Claret is an exception and is most delightful and a bargain at the price."
Dr John Baston (16-Nov-2011)
"Have moved onto this as trying to clear some space and had a case that has been sitting for a while. Thoroughly enjoying it, especially with the nights closing in. Came to the site to get some more."
Mr Edward Sargent (22-Oct-2011)
"I have to say that I have to agree with some of the reviews here, that I found this claret rather disappointing. Having bought a case, I have tried to coax some life into it by leaving to breathe and correct temperature, etc, but I think this does not live up to The Wine Society standards."
Mr Darrin E Bransgrove (04-Apr-2011)
"I am buying my second case.
Miss Patricia L Rees (13-Feb-2011)
"This edition of the Society's Claret is truly awful - avoid or keep it a year and see if it improves.
To the Society - I am astonished you are shipping this to Members and suggest you withdraw it until it becomes drinkable."
Mr David Forsyth (13-Jan-2011)
"Somewhat tight nose hinting at winter berries; slightly unexpressive. Plenty of zesty raspberry-ish fruit on the palate, nice grippy tannins and an interesting, light, acidic finish with a surprisingly decent length.
Overall, a decent glugger which would suit lamb chops nicely. Priced fairly at £6."
Mr William Davies (12-Dec-2010)
"I am sorry to say that I found The Society's Claret somewhat disappointing. I bought it because I thought that it was likely to be good, but found it rather flat and uninspiring."
Mr David Ingham (17-Aug-2009)
""Generally excellent because not oaky, heavy or "Medocky", but with body and character. Great with everything, including fish. Only criticism is that quality can be inconsistent." Note from The Wine Society: We want all wine purchased from The Society to be enjoyable. If it is not, then we would like to hear about it, and would encourage members to contact Member Services on 01438 741177."
Mr David H Neckar (13-Aug-2009)
"I have been drinking the Society's Claret for many years and find it a good quality wine at an affordable price. Occasionally when in France I buy other wines but my staple is the Society's Claret which not only suits my taste but also that of friends with whom I sometimes share it."
Dr John A Hostettler (08-Aug-2009)
"A first rate claret for the price - I'll buy it again!"
Mr Keith Fletcher (07-Aug-2009)
"A lovely soft everyday drinking claret offering excellent value for money and much better drinking than many expensive chateau bottled wines."
Mr Timothy D Mitchell (07-Aug-2009)
"I've been buying - and drinking - The Society's Claret for 25+ years. Why? The taste, of course. Reliable consistency. Value for money. And, in these days of climbing alcohol levels, its modest strength. Along with The Society's Beaujolais, it's an ideal, inexpensive, everyday house red. Leaving Sunday lunchtimes for something a bit more racy!
Mr Ian Duke (06-Aug-2009)
"Pleasant everyday drinking well balanced not too much fruit or alcohol good finish."
Mr Raymond Woolley (06-Aug-2009)
"A pleasant wine at a modest price, very suitable for everyday drinking and much enjoyed."
Mr Douglas Gardiner (06-Aug-2009)
"I joined the Society during Lent 1979 when I was in one of my periodic periods of abstention but with the difference that at the end of Lent I found myself definitively converted to a vegetarian and teetotal habit. So it has happened that my buying from the Society has been entirely for the benefit of my family and friends whose responses over the years have given me great, if only vicarious, pleasure. Society claret has ranked very high for the consistently maintained quality preserving from year to year a recognisable character. All of my informants think it outstanding for price, quality and reliability."
Francis J Benton Esq (06-Aug-2009)
"For anyone who enjoys red Bordeaux, The Society's Claret is an eminently drinkable wine, representing excellent value and really good, consistent quality."
Mr Robert Wainwright (06-Aug-2009)
"When you buy wine from the supermarket at 50% off the original price of £8.99 you do not know whether the wine is really worth the £4.50 you are paying for it. When you pay the very small additional premium for the Society's Claret you know that what you are buying is certain to be worth every penny and comes from one of the best, if not the best, French suppliers.
Mr Nigel Wood (05-Aug-2009)
"The Society claret has been our in house wine of choice for many years. The quality has been excellent and the blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot suits our taste for everyday drinking. I believe it offers good value and excellent quality."
Michael N Whiteman Esq (05-Aug-2009)
"Great value Claret, everyday drinking wine, not too heavy a delight for the summer evening BBQ as well as Sunday Lunch!"
Mr Nicholas Challacombe (05-Aug-2009)
The Wine Gang (Mar 2013)
"The Society's claret is the members' favourite wine, which says at least as much about the membership as the wine. Made by Sichel, it's unoaked, Merlot-based and non-vintage, although based on the previous year's harvest, so in the case of the wine we tasted, 2011. It's medium-bodied, fresh and approachable with mulberry and blackberry fruit and soft graphite flavours. Goes with: Red meat & Dark game, Chicken. "
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