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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… ...

RP 100
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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

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… ...

RP 94
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AG 92
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Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Spring Mountain 2014  (#330769)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 11 available
RP 94
JS 94
AG 92

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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WA 96
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Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2015  (#329691)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

750ml Bottle | In stock, 11 available

93-94 points James Suckling: Wow. This is really excellent with blackberry, blueberry and asphalt aromas and flavors. Full and powerful. Yet racy and pretty. Tiny production. (3/25/16) ...

JS 93-94
JD 93
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Valandraud St-Emilion Virginie de Valandraud 2015  (#326764)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available
JS 93-94
JD 93
WE 93

98 points James Suckling: Fabulous structure for a Sassicaia with powerful, polished, chewy tannins and ripe, subtle fruit. Aromas of blueberry, black currant, rosemary and lavender. Full body, bright acidity and a savory finish. Juicy and lively. Better to drink this beginning in 2020 but so… ...

JS 98
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WA 97
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Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2013  (#326383)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available
JS 98
WE 98
WA 97
$189.95
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96 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): One of the finest Pauillacs of 2015, Lynch-Bages is rich, racy and voluptuous. A rush of dark red and purplish stone fruit, mint, new leather, spice and blood orange give the 2015 a very decidedly exotic character that is impossible to miss. Raspberry jam, mocha,… ...

AG 96
WE 96
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Lynch-Bages Pauillac 2015  (#326979)

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

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 6 available
AG 96
WE 96
B&D 95-96
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95 points James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion): A blend of cabernet, merlot, petit verdot and malbec overflowing with a rainbow of cassis/blackcurrant redcurrant, plum and mulberry on the bouquet and palate alike. So much is the impact of the fruit, it buries the tannins, but allows the French… ...

JH 95
JS 93
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Moss Wood Amy's Margaret River 2014  (#327684)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 10 available
$24.88
$30.00
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92 points Wine Enthusiast: This seven-acre Petit family estate is dominated by Merlot that gives the wine its rich generous character. In this vintage it was balanced by crisp acidity and a lively aftertaste. The tannins promise further aging. Drink from 2020. Alcohol 14%. (Feb 2017) ...

WE 92
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Lecuyer Pomerol 2014  (#331163)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
$34.95
$53.00
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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… ...

IWC 91-93
AG 92
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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95 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: A sinuous line of tannins runs through this structured wine. It lifts the dark plum and berry fruits and give shape to the spicy, firm wine. As the estate builds in strength, the style of this perfumed, stylish wine will be seen as a benchmark.… ...

WE 95
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JD 94
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Lafon-Rochet St-Estephe 2015  (#326777)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
WE 95
AG 94
JD 94
$44.95
$50.00
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92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, smoke, chocolate, licorice and tobacco are some of the signatures in the 2014 Meyney. This is one of the more overt, flamboyant 2014s readers will come across. Although certainly not a shy wine, it is loaded with personality. The late… ...

AG 92
JS 92
WS 91
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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
AG 92
JS 92
WS 91

96 points James Suckling: Ripe raspberries and blueberries with hints of fresh flowers. Deep nose of dark fruits. Full body, with silky tannins and a beautifully integrated tannin structure. It's long and very refined. Better than 2009. Try in 2018. (2/2/13) ...

JS 96
WE 95
RP 93
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Gruaud-Larose St-Julien 2010  (#332598)

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
JS 96
WE 95
RP 93
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