Another benchmark staple of The Wine Society is ‘The Society’s Claret’. Like their White Burgundy reviewed here, it’s a blend made up each year with the assistance of the Society’s wine buyers from recommended parcels of wine provided by Mason Sichel. Unlike the White Burgundy, however, this is non-vintage wine as some of the parcels have come from the previous vintage. This merlot dominant blend is medium ruby in colour, with red and black fruit (red/black cherry, red currant, blackberry, mulberry, blackcurrant) with a hint of savory bell pepper aroma. On the palate, it’s more black fruit dominant with blackcurrant and blackberry leading the way with a mineral graphite tinge to the clean acidity and dark vein of liquorish hiding within. Good balance and tannin integration, with surprising depth and intensity of fruit, while maintaining a youthful freshness overall.