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Claret wine

Claret_5So you live in Bordeaux and you think you know about Bordeaux wines!
Very well, but perhaps you have recently come across a bottle of Clairet and wondered what it is. Or you have watched an English movie and heard someone refer to… Claret wine. Wait, why are there two different spellings of Claret and Clairet?! And are you aware that Claret is not a Rosé wine? Intrigued? Then come to my Claret workshop to gain some clarity!

Claret_2I will present the exciting history of this lesser known wine that starts in the Middle Ages and involves French vineyards, haughty British aristocracy, crafty Dutch merchants, the defining Protestant succession to the British throne, American buyers, and some swashbuckling Portuguese pirates thrown in!

We will also taste some Claret wine and share our thoughts. Join this exciting journey and discover a new facet of Bordeaux wines.

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London delft Claret bottle 1650

When: early September at 20h30
Please contact Cosmopolitans to sign up
Where: 39 rue de Ruat (Pey-Berland)
How much: 14€  including wine tasting

 

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1798 merchant ledger of Bordeaux Claret

 

NPG 211; Samuel Pepys by John Hayls

Samuel Pepys, 1666

Claret was always preferred by the fashionable and elite London society. In 1663 Samuel Pepys wrote in his famous Diary:

“Off the Exchange with Sir J. Cutler and Mr. Grant to the Royall Oake Taverne in Lombard-street . . . And here drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryan [Haut Brion], that hath a good and most perticular taste that I never met with.”