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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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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) ...
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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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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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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…

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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…

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94 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Red Blend TD-9 is blended of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec. It has a very deep purple-black color and displays ready-for-biz, fragrant scents of warm plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry compote with touches of baking… ...
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Shafer Napa Valley TD-9 2016  (#333591)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley, California

94 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Red Blend TD-9 is blended of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec. It has a very deep purple-black color and displays ready-for-biz, fragrant scents of warm plums, Black Forest cake…

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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… ...
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Sloan Red Napa Valley 2011  (#326352)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley, California

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,…

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96 points Robert Parker: The wine hits all cylinders in 2010. The average alcohol for the bottled wine is 14%. It has a 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. The… ...
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Lascombes Margaux 2010  (#333939)

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

96 points Robert Parker: The wine hits all cylinders in 2010. The average alcohol for the bottled wine is 14%. It has a gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful…

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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 - 6-PACK 2013  (#333645)

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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99 points James Suckling: Incredible aromas of dark berries, lavender, rosemary, licorice and dried flowers. Spice. Full body and fantastic tannin texture with great length. Goes on for minutes. Muscular yet wonderfully formed and refined. A glorious Saffredi. Drink in 2022. (12/17/18) ...
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Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2016  (#333802)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Tuscany, Italy

99 points James Suckling: Incredible aromas of dark berries, lavender, rosemary, licorice and dried flowers. Spice. Full body and fantastic tannin texture with great length. Goes on for minutes. Muscular yet wonderfully formed and refined. A glorious…

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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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99 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Le Gay is performing sensationally, even better than my wildly enthusiastic tasting notes from barrel might have predicted. Inky opaque purple, and presenting a formidable and foreboding nose of camphor, black truffles, graphite, blueberries and blackberries as well… ...
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Le Gay Pomerol 2010  (#333937)

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

99 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Le Gay is performing sensationally, even better than my wildly enthusiastic tasting notes from barrel might have predicted. Inky opaque purple, and presenting a formidable and foreboding nose of camphor, black…

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95+ points Robert Parker: ...44% Cabernet Franc, 44% Petit Verdot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a fabulous wine and a creative blend from Kenward. With a fabulous nose of forest floor, white flowers, licorice, incense, blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, this deep, sumptuous, full-bodied wine… ...
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Tor Kenward Proprietary Red Oakville Napa Valley 2014  (#328383)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley, California

95+ points Robert Parker: ...44% Cabernet Franc, 44% Petit Verdot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a fabulous wine and a creative blend from Kenward. With a fabulous nose of forest floor, white flowers, licorice, incense, blackcurrant and…

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