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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 Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): (74% cabernet franc): Deep ruby-red. Vibrant nose offers cassis, blackberry, licorice, minerals, tobacco leaf and violet. Rich, tactile and deep, offering outstanding energy for the vintage. Boasts a rare combination of explosive fruit intensity… ...
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Verite Le Desir Sonoma County 2009  (#317438)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Sonoma County, California

96 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): (74% cabernet franc): Deep ruby-red. Vibrant nose offers cassis, blackberry, licorice, minerals, tobacco leaf and violet. Rich, tactile and deep, offering outstanding energy for the vintage.…

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Top Ten Most Underrated Château in Bordeaux - Tim Atkin ...
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Feytit-Clinet Pomerol 1999  (#332001)

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

Top Ten Most Underrated Château in Bordeaux - Tim Atkin

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95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...a powerful, ripe and concentrated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Monastrell... It feels concentrated, powerful and young, but the oak is surprisingly more integrated than in the 2014... it has a marked style, but for those who like this profile,… ...
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El Nido Jumilla El Nido 2015  (#701722)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Jumilla, Spain

95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...a powerful, ripe and concentrated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Monastrell... It feels concentrated, powerful and young, but the oak is surprisingly more integrated than in the 2014... it has a…

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92 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright red-ruby. Black cherry, dark berry, tobacco and spice aromas are lifted by an alluring floral topnote. Sappy, concentrated and energetic, offering terrific inner- mouth aromatic lift to its smooth currant and tobacco flavors, with the sexy French oak element… ...
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Susana Balbo Mendoza Brioso Agrelo 2013  (#701645)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

92 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright red-ruby. Black cherry, dark berry, tobacco and spice aromas are lifted by an alluring floral topnote. Sappy, concentrated and energetic, offering terrific inner- mouth aromatic lift to its smooth currant and…

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94 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): ...offers up attractive aromas of cigar box, cassis fruit, loamy soil and espresso roast. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, with a juicy core of fruit and powdery structuring tannins that still need some time in the cellar to… ...
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Cadence Ciel du Cheval Red Mountain 2014  (#332537)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Red Mountain, Washington

94 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): ...offers up attractive aromas of cigar box, cassis fruit, loamy soil and espresso roast. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, with a juicy core of fruit and powdery structuring…

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97 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ... A real head-turner, the 2013 possesses superb density and tons of pure power. The flavors are deep, powerful and explosive. Mocha, new leather, and licorice wrap around a core of dark, sumptuous fruit... it is super- impressive. And then some. Chris Carpenter… ...
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Cardinale Napa Valley 2013  (#327898)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley, California

97 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ... A real head-turner, the 2013 possesses superb density and tons of pure power. The flavors are deep, powerful and explosive. Mocha, new leather, and licorice wrap around a core of dark, sumptuous fruit... it is…

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98 points James Suckling: Plenty of ripe blackberry and incense. Opens up beautifully in the glass. So perfumed. Full body and seamless tannins that coat your palate with a silky texture. Wonderfully framed with complex fruit. Drink in 2021 but already gorgeous. (8/29/17) ...
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Sette Ponti Orma 2015  (#332341)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

98 points James Suckling: Plenty of ripe blackberry and incense. Opens up beautifully in the glass. So perfumed. Full body and seamless tannins that coat your palate with a silky texture. Wonderfully framed with complex fruit. Drink in 2021 but…

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97 points James Suckling: Fantastic aromatics with blackberries, blackcurrants and iodine. Licorice, too. Medium to fulll body, fine and velvety tannins and a very polished and gorgeous finish. Caressing and dialed in. Why wait? An intellectual wine here. Lovely now. (1/3/18) ...
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Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2014  (#331600)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley, California

97 points James Suckling: Fantastic aromatics with blackberries, blackcurrants and iodine. Licorice, too. Medium to fulll body, fine and velvety tannins and a very polished and gorgeous finish. Caressing and dialed in. Why wait? An intellectual wine…

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95 points Veronelli Guide. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc made from six hectares fo vineyards at 400m above sea level, this is one of the estate's flagship wines. A deep, glowing dark red, with refined and evolved aromas recalling sticky blackberry, tobacco, spices,… ...
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Sportoletti Villa Fidelia Rosso 2013  (#332313)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Umbria, Italy

95 points Veronelli Guide. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc made from six hectares fo vineyards at 400m above sea level, this is one of the estate's flagship wines. A deep, glowing dark red, with refined and evolved aromas…

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93 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 CVR Columbia Valley Red Wine checks in as a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It's a great introduction to the estate and offers a creamy, full-bodied, elegant, seamless style that just begs to be drunk. Crème de… ...
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Quilceda Creek CVR Red Columbia Valley 2015  (#333636)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 CVR Columbia Valley Red Wine checks in as a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It's a great introduction to the estate and offers a creamy, full-bodied, elegant,…

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100 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: This is a great vintage from Lafite. The profile is rich in feel, with a seriously firm tannic structure. Solid, complex and with great authority, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine is impressively dense in dark-fruit tones. It will age for many… ...
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Lafite Rothschild Pauillac 2015  (#333652)

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

100 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: This is a great vintage from Lafite. The profile is rich in feel, with a seriously firm tannic structure. Solid, complex and with great authority, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wine is…

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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… ...
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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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