Times have certainly changed. Now, younger American wine drinkers are driving the entire industry. Millennials drink multiple times per week, having at least three glasses each time, and drink more than 40% of all the wine consumed in the United States. Additionally, a surprising number — 17% — of young American wine drinkers are spending more than $20 on a single bottle of wine. And they’re fully exploring wines that are emerging or trending on the market. Today, the popular choice is rosé. Not long ago it was Pinot Noir, popularized by the film Sideways. And blends of red wines, like Cabernet Sauvignon bases Claret and the like, have had a good, long time in the spotlight.
Most younger wine drinkers have encountered more than one Cabernet Sauvignon bases Claret type by now, and most have liked it. For many, it became a mid-range go-to for social visits and entertaining: something a little special that wouldn’t break the bank. What many may not realize, however, is that Cabernet Sauvignon bases Claret is an ideal and versatile introduction to other Bordeaux and Bordeaux-styled wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon bases Claret wine is a blend, which means it’s made from multiple grapes, and few regions produce blends better than Bordeaux. An appreciation for Cabernet Sauvignon bases Claret is a good start to a broader appreciation of wine in general. Following are four other dynamic wines that younger wine drinkers are likely to enjoy if they’ve enjoyed Cabernet Sauvignon bases Claret wine.
A Proper Claret, Bonny Doon Vineyards
May as well start with another Claret. This one is a little more sophisticated and dynamic than most Clarets. Randall Graham of Bonny Doon Vineyards in California is a celebrated American winemaker and maker of this popular beverage. The Proper Claret uses Cabernet as its primary fruit, with a range of grapes that are (for the most part) unfamiliar to Bordeaux blends. So it’s not so “proper,” but it does let its fruit shine: the distinctive, sunny California juice, matched with the complexity of other earth-inflected, delicate grapes produces one of the finest of the many California Cabernet Sauvignon bases Claret wine.
Tre, IGT Rosso Toscana, Casa Brancaia
A great blend that’s not from Bordeaux, and not from California. Casa Brancaia wineries in Tuscany, Italy, produces an authentic, grounded blend called Tre that evokes the exceeding sophistication of Bordeaux. Made with grapes native to both France and Italy — including the luscious but temperamental Sangiovese — Tre is a model Tuscan wine without the Tuscan premium. It’s a leggy, abstract, sweet, and deeply natured wine which can lead to a long and fruitful appreciation for Tuscan blends, all at a Claret wine price.
Punto Final Classico, Argentina
The Malbec grape is second only to the Cabernet Sauvignon in a good Claret. So this non-blend from Argentina is an obvious next step for wine drinkers who have been appreciating Cabernet Sauvignon bases Claret kinds of wine. Warm and terrestrial, Punto Final Classico is a mellow Malbec, even with its faint nose of heat, and one of the best natural wines from Argentina.
Bordeaux, André Lurton
The endgame for wine drinkers exploring beyond the Claret Sauvignon is a Bordeaux directly from Bordeaux. André Lurton is known for making a range of Bordeaux wines that are accessible and function as a primer on Bordeaux wines. Lurton’s wines are known for evoking all of Bordeaux, east to west, with bright noses and sturdy finishes.
Whether you are a younger wine drinker or a seasoned connoisseur, the wines you enjoy most will likely fill you with great curiosity. Drink responsibly and enjoy!