Classic Reds

If you like a more traditional style of wine, then Classic Reds are for you. You won’t come across lashings of fruit and spices here. These wines tend to have quite classical, possibly slightly reserved flavours. But don’t get the wrong idea. That’s not to say that they are dull or boring. Far from it. In fact, they will often demonstrate the characteristics of their surroundings (terroir) perfectly.

What Are They Like?

A Classic style red can be made from a range of grapes and typically these will include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

Where Do They Come From?

The wine regions in cooler climates tend to produce more herbaceous, less fruit filled wines. It is therefore no real surprise that Classic style reds generally go hand in hand with the Old World countries of France, Bordeaux and Burgundy in particular, and sometimes Italy. Occasionally, you may come across more of a Classical style from cooler regions in New World countries.

When to Drink Them

The nature of Classic reds means that they often require ageing. However, when you do crack them open they make great food wines – match them with a roast dinner, casserole or steak for a wonderful food and wine combination.

Similar Styles

If you like the Classic style, you are bound to enjoy other reds, although possibly may not appreciate some of the more full and fruity styles.

Like the sound of traditional red wine? See our full range of Classic Red wines here.