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A £4.75 claret from Morrisons scoops same award as £25 Royal wine

A Morrisons claret has scored a major win at an international wine competition (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A supermarket claret costing less than a fiver has won the same prestigious award as a £25 claret from the wine merchant used by the Royal family.

The quality of the Morrisons budget-priced Claret was recognised by experts at the International Wine Challenge competition, who awarded it a silver medal.

The same accolade was given to another claret, the Emilion Grand Cru Royal red from Berry Bros & Rudd, which has been supplying wine to the royals for over 250 years.

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Morrisons claret is around five times cheaper than the Emilion Grand Cru Royal red, and is one of the cheapest clarets to ever win an IWC silver medal.

The Morrisons claret saw off the challenge from far more expensive rivals (Morrisons)

Clive Donaldson, senior wine sourcing manager at Morrisons, said: “Posh wines don’t need to come at posh prices and this £4.75 claret is the perfect addition to any Christmas gathering or upcoming Royal party.

“We pride ourselves on working closely with our suppliers to blend the best quality wines for our customers.”

Claret (the old English for Bordeaux red wine) has been a fixture at royal weddings since Eleanor of Aquitaine introduced it to the Royal Court when she married Henry II in Westminster Abbey in 1152.

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William and Kate poured 2004 L’Hospitalet de Gazin Pomerol at their wedding breakfast and it is likely that Harry and Meghan will follow protocol.

An increasing number of cheaper wines and spirits produced for supermarkets are scooping top honours in international tasting events.

This year has seen gins and whiskies for Aldi, for example, win major awards from the industry.