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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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100 points Robert Parker: The harvest at Petrus took place between September 27 and October 12, and the 2010 finished at 14.1% natural alcohol, which is slightly lower than the 2009's 14.5%. The 2010 reminds me somewhat of the pre-1975 vintages of Petrus, a monster-in-the-making, with loads of… ...

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Petrus Pomerol 2010  (#325527)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
RP 100
JS 100
ST 98
$3795.00

98 points James Suckling: Incredible aromas of pine tree, mineral, cigar box and tobacco leaf but then it turns to currants and black truffle. Forest fruit and forest floor. Soya. Full body, round and decadent with a combination of ripe fruit and earth, spice and long finish. The uniqueness of Pavot… ...

JS 98
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WS 93
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Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley 2014  (#329624)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available
JS 98
RP 95
WS 93
$179.95
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93 points James Suckling: This is a very fresh and bright 2015 with walnuts, fresh herbs and dark fruit. Full-bodied and dense, yet agile and layered. A beautiful wine. Love the texture. Drink or hold. (5/23/18) ...

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AG 91
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Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2015  (#332755)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
JS 93
WS 92
AG 91
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91 points Jeb Dunnuck: Mostly Merlot blended with 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot... It offers a perfumed, gorgeous bouquet of plums, incense, spice and hints of forest floor. Full-bodied, ripe and rounded, with a sexy, opulent style, lots of mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it's… ...

JD 91
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Arbalest Red Bordeaux 2015  (#329567)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Bordeaux, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
WE 93
JS 93
AG 92
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93 points Decanter: Very similar to the 2015 blend, the 2014 however reflects a more successful vintage for the norther Médoc, with a more intense colour revealing both ripe fruit and liquorice spice. The tannins may be a bit strict at this early stage, but what focus! Mid palate density, already… ...

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Meyney Saint-Estephe 2014  (#331162)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from St-Estèphe, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
DE 93
AG 92
JS 92

93 points Antonio Galloni (Wine Advocate): The 2011 Sloan Estate has turned out beautifully. Readers will find more of an Old World flavor profile and sense of structure in the 2011, yet all the elements are very nicely balanced. Savory herbs, crushed flowers, lavender, mint and mocha all add lift… ...

AG 93
IWC 92
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Sloan Red Napa Valley 2011  (#326352)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available

96-97 points James Suckling: This is dense and structured with beautifully polished tannins and plenty of currant and blackberry character. Full body and chewy tannins yet refined and juicy. Lots of Mediterranean herbs with the dark fruit. Blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon with merlot and cabernet… ...

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Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2015  (#329691)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available

98 points James Suckling: Amazing graphite and violet aromas with dark fruits. Medium to full body, ultra-velvety tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Formed and tight. I love the fresh ginger underneath it all. This has a cool profile to the wine. So approachable yet this has wonderful length. … ...

JS 98
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WA 96
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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia 2013  (#326446)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
JS 98
AG 96
WA 96
$179.95
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98 points Decanter: The first Cabernet grapes were picked on September 10th under perfect conditions, with yields a little lower than average. As is usual at Tenuta San Guido, the fruit for Sassicaia was gently crushed and fermented in stainless steel using natural yeasts. After the malolactic… ...

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WS 97
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Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2015  (#331557)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12 available
DE 98
JS 98
WS 97
PRE-ARRIVAL
$174.95
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91-93 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): (56% cabernet franc, 28% cabernet sauvignon and 16% merlot): Bright dark ruby. Vibrant aromas of black fruits lifted by minerals and violet. At once sweet and penetrating in the mouth, with terrific definition and floral lift to the black… ...

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RP 90
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Cenyth Red Sonoma County 2012  (#327816)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Sonoma County, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
IWC 91-93
AG 92
RP 90
$54.95
$67.00
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91 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2015 Echo de Lynch Bages has grown into a gorgeous second wine. Pliant, supple and inviting, the 2015 is very nicely framed by silky tannins that add considerable appeal and early approachability. There is striking purity to the red cherry and plum fruit,… ...

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Lynch-Bages Pauillac Echo de Lynch-Bages 2015  (#326980)

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

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 12+ available
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