Q. What is Claret wine?
A. Claret is an old-fashioned term the Brits used for Bordeaux at least as far back as the 1700s. Today, it refers to a “Bordeaux blend:” deep, velvety reds most commonly made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.
There is indeed a small town in France named Claret, but it’s nowhere near where they make Bordeaux (it’s in Provence). And it’s possible that someone’s music teacher played clarinet in the orchestra for Cabaret while drinking Claret, then chewed Cloret gum to freshen her breath, but even if that occurred, don’t confuse Claret with any of those items! It is a distinct and delicious type of wine that might be less well-known today by name, but certainly not by style.
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