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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 Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Ovid has really come together nicely since I last tasted it a few months ago. From the beginning, the 2014 has had a slightly raw, unevolved feel that has gradually resolved itself, allowing the wine's pure power and gravitas to come through. Plush, dark… ...
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Ovid Propietary Red Napa Valley 2014  (#330896)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley, California

[ 96 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Ovid has really come together nicely since I last tasted it a few months ago. From the beginning, the 2014 has had a slightly raw, unevolved feel that has gradually resolved itself, allowing the wine's pure power and gravitas to come through. Plush, dark and somewhat somber, the 2014 shows the clear effects of the drought in its inward personality. I would prefer to give the 2014 at least another few years in the cellar. Drink: 2020-2029. (Mar 2018) ] 96 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Ovid has really come together nicely since I last tasted it a few months ago. From the beginning, the 2014 has had a slightly raw, unevolved feel that has gradually resolved itself, allowing the wine's…

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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

[ 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 suggested by the aromatics, promises a fine wine to be cellared for at least 10 years. 14% alcohol. (May 2018) ] 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…

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97+ points Robert Parker: The 2014 La Joie has a spicy black purple color and a big, sweet kiss of camphor, black truffle, pen ink, blackcurrants and unsmoked cigar tobacco, followed by layers of fruit and glycerin in an opulent, beautifully savory, pure and multidimensional wine. The final blend… ...
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Verite La Joie Sonoma County 2014  (#331215)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Sonoma County, California

[ 97+ points Robert Parker: The 2014 La Joie has a spicy black purple color and a big, sweet kiss of camphor, black truffle, pen ink, blackcurrants and unsmoked cigar tobacco, followed by layers of fruit and glycerin in an opulent, beautifully savory, pure and multidimensional wine. The final blend Seillan produced in 2014 was 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This is a compellingly great effort once again. It should be given 2-5 years of bottle age, then drunk over the following three decades. Drink: 2018-2048. (Oct 2016) ] 97+ points Robert Parker: The 2014 La Joie has a spicy black purple color and a big, sweet kiss of camphor, black truffle, pen ink, blackcurrants and unsmoked cigar tobacco, followed by layers of fruit and glycerin in an opulent, beautifully savory,…

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91 points Wine Enthusiast: The inaugural release of this wine is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, coming from Summit View, Pepper Bridge, Cockburn, McClellan Estate, Stone Valley, Seven Hills, Waliser Rocks and Fire Ridge vineyards. Green herb, black fruit, coffee and anise… ...
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Seven Hills Red Walla Walla Valley 2014  (#330474)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Washington

[ 91 points Wine Enthusiast: The inaugural release of this wine is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, coming from Summit View, Pepper Bridge, Cockburn, McClellan Estate, Stone Valley, Seven Hills, Waliser Rocks and Fire Ridge vineyards. Green herb, black fruit, coffee and anise aromas give way to beautifully balanced red- and black-fruit flavors. The acidity brings a sense of vibrancy, while the tannins provide plenty of structure. (Sep 2017) ] 91 points Wine Enthusiast: The inaugural release of this wine is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, coming from Summit View, Pepper Bridge, Cockburn, McClellan Estate, Stone Valley, Seven Hills, Waliser Rocks and Fire Ridge…

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94 points Robert Parker: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain actually comes from the Crowley Vineyard on the steep slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, planted at nearly 2,000 feet. The beautiful blueberry and black raspberry fruit, a cool, almost floral note, medium to full body and… ...
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Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Spring Mountain 2014  (#330769)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, California

[ 94 points Robert Parker: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain actually comes from the Crowley Vineyard on the steep slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, planted at nearly 2,000 feet. The beautiful blueberry and black raspberry fruit, a cool, almost floral note, medium to full body and sensational purity and texture found in this full-bodied wine are classic Spring Mountain characteristics. This is a beauty of finesse and restraint, yet intensity. Drink it over the next 25 years. (Dec 2016) ] 94 points Robert Parker: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain actually comes from the Crowley Vineyard on the steep slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, planted at nearly 2,000 feet. The beautiful blueberry and black raspberry fruit, a cool…

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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 appellation. This juicy black-currant flavored wine is still very young, full of its tannins and dark character. With its structure and acidity, the wine will age well. Drink from 2022. Alcohol 13%. (Feb 2017) ] 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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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… ...
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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 often makes wines of classified growth quality that can keep for decades. Readers should consider them as hypothetical crosses between a St.-Julien and Pauillac. (Feb 1998) ] 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…

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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 here. Lovely now. (1/3/18) ] 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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100 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017,' James Suckling: Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the… ...
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Sena Aconcagua Valley 2015  (#330908)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Aconcagua, Chile

[ 100 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017,' James Suckling: Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness. Drink in 2021 but already a classic to drink. (5/29/17) ] 100 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017,' James Suckling: Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with…

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80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. An extraordinary wine in an exceptional vintage from the fine limestone terroir of Puisseguin- Saint-Emilion. Already amazingly accessible, it will reveal its full potential after a few years of bottle aging. Dark, almost inky in color. Dense… ...
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Soleil Puisseguin-St.-emilion Promesse 2012  (#325709)

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

[ 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. An extraordinary wine in an exceptional vintage from the fine limestone terroir of Puisseguin- Saint-Emilion. Already amazingly accessible, it will reveal its full potential after a few years of bottle aging. Dark, almost inky in color. Dense and complex, the palate displays juicy sweet redcurrant with a hint of fresh wild strawberry and plum, almost Burgundian in style. The wine combines elegance and character with wonderful delicacy and velvety flow. ] 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc. An extraordinary wine in an exceptional vintage from the fine limestone terroir of Puisseguin- Saint-Emilion. Already amazingly accessible, it will reveal its full potential after a few years…

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The Ella Valley Red is a blend of estate grown grapes with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 7% Petite Sirah. Strong aromas fill the nose with blueberries and concentrated blackberry, followed by strong oak. The wine is characteristically big, and fills the mouth. Strong oak tastes meet with… ...
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Ella Valley Vineyards Ever Red Merlot-Cabernet Judean Hills 2014  (#330678)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Israel

[ The Ella Valley Red is a blend of estate grown grapes with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 7% Petite Sirah. Strong aromas fill the nose with blueberries and concentrated blackberry, followed by strong oak. The wine is characteristically big, and fills the mouth. Strong oak tastes meet with high acidity and intense character. This wine is meant for those that enjoy big flavors and very dry wines. Recommended pairing with hearty or seasoned meat dishes. ] The Ella Valley Red is a blend of estate grown grapes with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, and 7% Petite Sirah. Strong aromas fill the nose with blueberries and concentrated blackberry, followed by strong oak. The wine is characteristically big,…

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99 points James Suckling: I love the currant and rosemary character of this wine. Some sage, too. Complex aromas that draw you in. Full body, extremely tight and chewy with a long and intense finish. The tannins are fantastic -- so polished. Focused and beautiful. Mineral undertone with ash and hot… ...
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Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2015  (#332450)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

[ 99 points James Suckling: I love the currant and rosemary character of this wine. Some sage, too. Complex aromas that draw you in. Full body, extremely tight and chewy with a long and intense finish. The tannins are fantastic -- so polished. Focused and beautiful. Mineral undertone with ash and hot stone highlighting the dark fruits. It goes on for minutes. Needs three or four years to come together. But a serious red all the way. (8/28/17) ] 99 points James Suckling: I love the currant and rosemary character of this wine. Some sage, too. Complex aromas that draw you in. Full body, extremely tight and chewy with a long and intense finish. The tannins are fantastic -- so polished. Focused…

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