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Bordeaux blends are, quite simply, blended wines made primarily or exclusively from the permitted grape varietals of the Bordeaux appellations in southwest France. Dubbed "claret" by British wine merchants in the 18th century, red Bordeaux blends are based most often on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet forms the basis for the wines of the Left Bank, while Merlot and sometimes Cabernet Franc form the basis of the Right Bank wines. Malbec and Petit Verdot are also permitted in these blends, but their overall percentages are typically negligible to non-existent.

This winemaking practice has spread far and wide across the globe in recent decades, finding its most notable New World home in Napa Valley, California. In the 1970s and 1980s, Napa producers were frustrated by labeling laws for blended wines and sought to establish a marketable concept unique to their region that would encompass the essence of the blended wines in one catchy term, which gave rise to the "Meritage" category and the Meritage Alliance of wine growers. An amalgamation of the words "merit" and "heritage", it's a legally defined classification for both red and white wines, based principally on the blending regulations of Bordeaux. There are now over 200 member producers, most based in the U.S., but representation can be found as far afield as Argentina and Australia.

A caveat and a strength of the Bordeaux Blend class has been its nebulous definition. While it's pretty strictly defined in the Old World, New World producers have found much more leeway in its usage, applying it to all manner of Cabernet- or Merlot-based blends, whether they contain only the permitted Bordeaux varietals or others such as Zinfandel, Syrah, or Sangiovese. This carries the two-fold effect of a) promoting a particular style rather than region and keeping pace with the ever-changing landscape of modern wine tastes; but also b) an explosion of wines bearing the term with no real measure or assurance of quality and stylistic tendency.

Still, the practice is constantly evolving, and with more and more producers concentrating on quality over quantity, blending these varietals will continue to be an integral aspect of contemporary winemaking.

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96 points Robert Parker: ...gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length... this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at its finest... Give it five or so years of… ...
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Lascombes Margaux 2010  (#333939)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Margaux, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

96 points Robert Parker: ...gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length... this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at…

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99 points Robert Parker: ...Inky opaque purple, and presenting a formidable and foreboding nose of camphor, black truffles, graphite, blueberries and blackberries as well as hints of smoked meats and floral nuances. Just about everything seems to be present in this smorgasbord of aromatics delights.… ...
RP 99
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Le Gay Pomerol 2010  (#333937)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Pomerol, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

99 points Robert Parker: ...Inky opaque purple, and presenting a formidable and foreboding nose of camphor, black truffles, graphite, blueberries and blackberries as well as hints of smoked meats and floral nuances. Just about everything seems to be…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 10 available
RP 99
JD 99
WS 95
94 points James Suckling: A stylish array of chocolate, earth and dark berries leads to a palate that follows in the same vein of flavors with blackberry compote. The finish is cast amid plush, open-knit tannins. Great depth here. Try from 2022. (2/2/18) ...
JS 94
WE 91-93
WS 91
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La Gurgue Margaux 2015  (#334383)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Margaux, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

94 points James Suckling: A stylish array of chocolate, earth and dark berries leads to a palate that follows in the same vein of flavors with blackberry compote. The finish is cast amid plush, open-knit tannins. Great depth here. Try from 2022. (2/2…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
JS 94
WE 91-93
WS 91
92 points Wine & Spirits: Serge Hochar's estate red has a sweet, earthy succulence in 2000 that's hard to resist, a combination of raspberry liqueur, mocha, black olives and very rich earth. It's all interwoven with chewy, firm tannins and stony minerality. The structure should hold it for another… ...
W&S 92
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Chateau Musar Red Bekaa Valley (Lebanon) 2000  (#323484)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Lebanon

92 points Wine & Spirits: Serge Hochar's estate red has a sweet, earthy succulence in 2000 that's hard to resist, a combination of raspberry liqueur, mocha, black olives and very rich earth. It's all interwoven with chewy, firm tannins and stony…

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98 points James Halliday (Wine Companion): 90% cabernet sauvignon, 6% merlot and 4% petit verdot. Deep, bright purple-crimson hue; the expressive indeed, perfumed bouquet pointing the way for the elegant medium-bodied palate, where juicy fruit, oak and tannins are fused seamlessly together. An… ...
JH 98
W&S 93
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Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvigon Margaret River 2014  (#702341)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

98 points James Halliday (Wine Companion): 90% cabernet sauvignon, 6% merlot and 4% petit verdot. Deep, bright purple-crimson hue; the expressive indeed, perfumed bouquet pointing the way for the elegant medium-bodied palate, where juicy fruit, oak…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available
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87 points Robert Parker: The 1995 reveals less power and muscle than the 1996, but more elegance and fleshy, weedy, tobacco-tinged red and black currant fruit presented in a soft, supple, alluring, medium-bodied format... An insider's wine, Lanessan often makes wines of classified growth quality… ...
RP 87
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Lanessan Haut-Medoc 1995  (#330504)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Médoc, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

87 points Robert Parker: The 1995 reveals less power and muscle than the 1996, but more elegance and fleshy, weedy, tobacco-tinged red and black currant fruit presented in a soft, supple, alluring, medium-bodied format... An insider's wine, Lanessan…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available
95 points James Suckling: This is extremely perfumed with aromas of lavender, cinnamon, blackberries, bark and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, extremely refined and polished. Gorgeous fruit and balance. Best ever bottling of this pretty wine from the producers of Sassicaia? Drink or hold. (9/11/18) ...
JS 95
WA 94
DE 93
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Tenuta San Guido Toscana Guidalberto 2016  (#334123)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

95 points James Suckling: This is extremely perfumed with aromas of lavender, cinnamon, blackberries, bark and blackcurrants. Full-bodied, extremely refined and polished. Gorgeous fruit and balance. Best ever bottling of this pretty wine from the…

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JS 95
WA 94
DE 93
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98 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017,' James Suckling: Loads of dark tobacco aromas with blackcurrants and black olives. Boysenberries, too. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and lots of flavors of smoke, dried roasted chillis, black truffles, mushrooms and fruit. Bright acidity on the finish.… ...
JS 98
RP 97
AG 96
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Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2014  (#329769)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley, California

98 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017,' James Suckling: Loads of dark tobacco aromas with blackcurrants and black olives. Boysenberries, too. Full to medium body, ultra-fine tannins and lots of flavors of smoke, dried roasted chillis, black truffles,…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 6 available
JS 98
RP 97
AG 96
93 points Wine Enthusiast: This Peyronie family cru bourgeois estate is one of the rare properties in Pauillac that is not a classified growth. That alone makes it a good value. The wine comes from vines close to Pichon Baron in the south of the appellation. This juicy black-currant flavored wine is… ...
WE 93
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AG 92
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Fonbadet Pauillac 2014  (#331161)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Pauillac, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

93 points Wine Enthusiast: This Peyronie family cru bourgeois estate is one of the rare properties in Pauillac that is not a classified growth. That alone makes it a good value. The wine comes from vines close to Pichon Baron in the south of the…

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AG 92
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97-100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): A barrel sample made up of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec to be aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and is a little reticent at… ...
WA 97-100
JS 98
JD 96-98
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Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley 2016  (#334754)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley, California

97-100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): A barrel sample made up of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec to be aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a deep…

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WA 97-100
JS 98
JD 96-98
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95 points James Suckling: Big plums and blackberries are the dominant component of this rich and chocolatey St.-Emilion. However, the wine also has a serious tannin structure and more than enough acidity on the powerful and long finish to carry all this extravagance. Drink or hold. (1/22/19) ...
JS 95
IWR 93
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Bernateau St.-Emilion 2015  (#333910)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from St-Émilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

95 points James Suckling: Big plums and blackberries are the dominant component of this rich and chocolatey St.-Emilion. However, the wine also has a serious tannin structure and more than enough acidity on the powerful and long finish to carry all…

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96 points James Suckling: Another great Saffredi after the perfect 100-point 2012. I tasted it a year ago and thought it sensational. Even better now. Dense and structured yet shows a lively, jazzlike vibe that gives it form and beauty. Needs four to five years to soften. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot… ...
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Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2013  (#326447)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

96 points James Suckling: Another great Saffredi after the perfect 100-point 2012. I tasted it a year ago and thought it sensational. Even better now. Dense and structured yet shows a lively, jazzlike vibe that gives it form and beauty. Needs four to…

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