Red Bordeaux Blend Wines

Ah, Bordeaux. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that it is considered by many to be the wine capital of the world. From the 1855 Bordeaux Classification to the seemingly countless wine estates that have or would have earned their position in it, this city and the region surrounding it are a must-visit location for every passionate wine enthusiast. The standards of wine quality were defined here, so it is only logical that some of the best wines ever produced took their roots in this sacred soil.

Red Bordeaux wines are typically made of a delicate, precise grape blend. Some of the most impactful and influential grape varietals include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Blends composed of these lovely grapes have a powerful, compelling structure and a gripping, deep, thick flavor (usually with notes of plums or blackcurrant) that intrigues the mind just as much as it stimulates your senses. These wines are as nuanced as you could possibly ask for, with new subtle notes and thoughts you can pick up on with each subsequent glass. The deeper you drink, the more enlightening it is, and every true wine lover can attest to the spiritual experience that comes with one of these blends.

The wine estates of Bordeaux earn their spot on the top through almost inhuman dedication. A huge part of what makes their wines so consistent in quality is a refusal to follow the industrial, sacrilegious food processing trends we see everywhere around us. They allow the wines to express themselves using their own unique voice, and a tasting feels like a conversation as a result.

The sheer number of respectable estates and brands to recommend is staggering. For example, if you can get your hands on a bottle of 1989 Haut-Brion, what you will end up holding is an artifact, a pure expression of raw winemaking prowess. Every year is at least a solid year for a wine from Chateau Latour, and there are many, many more. If you can spare the time, visit Bordeaux one day, and immerse yourself in the world of masterful traditional winemaking.
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  1. ducru beaucaillou
    1982 Ducru Beaucaillou - 375 ml
    96
    RP
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    ...exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged mo..." Learn More
    - 375 ml
    $245.00
  2. Petrus
    1982 Petrus - 375 ml
    97
    VM
    Availability: In Stock
    ...this remains one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted. Whether fining and filtration pulled more out of it than was intended, only the proprietor knows. However, the 1982 Petrus turned in a strong performance in Philadelphia in contr..." Learn More
    - 375 ml
    $1,995.00
  3. La Mission Haut Brion (12-Pack OWC)
    1982 La Mission Haut Brion (12-Pack OWC) - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    An extraordinary effort that gets better with each tasting, this dark, murky, garnet/purple-colored 1982 exhibits a fabulously complex nose of hot bricks, asphalt, black fruits, tar, roast beef, and truffles, colossal concentration, super-r..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $1,679.00
  4. Cheval Blanc (12-Pack OWC)
    1982 Cheval Blanc (12-Pack OWC) - 750 ml
    96
    RP-HG
    Availability: In Stock
    ...a kaleidoscopic bouquet with dark plum, iodine, minerals and a touch of kirsch that develops with aeration, a perfect symmetry between Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The palate has sweet, sappy entry with crisp acidity...The Cabernet Franc b..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $1,395.00
  5. Latour
    1982 Latour - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    As I indicated in the review of the 1982 Bordeaux, this is an unusual Latour in the fact that it has always been precocious. It has been jammy, forward, and delicious no matter when the cork was pulled, in total contrast to its two first-gr..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $2,245.00
  6. Leoville Poyferre
    1982 Leoville Poyferre - 750 ml
    95
    RP
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    There is no question that Leoville Poyferre was not making wines at the level of quality they have since 1990. That said, the 1982 is a great wine, no doubt because of the vintage rather than the winemaking at that time. A brilliant effort,..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $419.00
  7. Ducru Beaucaillou
    1982 Ducru Beaucaillou - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    ...exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged mo..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $479.00
  8. Lynch Bages
    1982 Lynch Bages - 750 ml
    95
    RP-HG
    Availability: In Stock
    This is another Lynch Bages that has never gone through an awkward, disjointed stage where it completely shut down. The color remains a dense ruby with some lightening at the edge. Thick, juicy, succulent notes of creme de cassis intermixed..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $349.00
  9. Haut Brion
    1982 Haut Brion - 750 ml
    97
    RP-NM
    Availability: In Stock
    ...I do adore this Haut-Brion. The nose is heavenly with tobacco, earth, hot bricks, wild hedgerow, a touch of black olive (less than other bottles) with brilliant definition. The palate is medium-bodied, less precocious than say Latour or ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $995.00
  10. Pichon Lalande
    1982 Pichon Lalande - 750 ml
    100
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    One of the monumental wines of the last century is the 1982 Pichon Lalande. Since bottling, it has flirted with perfection, and was a sprinter out of the gate, which gave rise to questions about how quickly it would begin its decline. Howev..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $995.00
  11. Cheval Blanc
    1982 Cheval Blanc - 750 ml
    96
    RP-HG
    Availability: In Stock
    ...a kaleidoscopic bouquet with dark plum, iodine, minerals and a touch of kirsch that develops with aeration, a perfect symmetry between Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The palate has sweet, sappy entry with crisp acidity...The Cabernet Franc b..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $1,149.00
  12. Pichon Lalande
    1982 Pichon Lalande - 750 ml
    100
    RP
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    One of the monumental wines of the last century is the 1982 Pichon Lalande. Since bottling, it has flirted with perfection, and was a sprinter out of the gate, which gave rise to questions about how quickly it would begin its decline. Howev..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $995.00
  13. Leoville Las Cases
    1982 Leoville Las Cases - 750 ml
    100
    RP-HG
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    The real killer wine, however, was the 1982 Leoville Las Cases...the wine still has a dense purple color and a beautiful, sweet nose of cassis, black cherries, lead pencil and vanillin. It is full-bodied, rich...This amazing effort is proba..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $699.00
  14. Ducru Beaucaillou
    1982 Ducru Beaucaillou - 750 ml
    96
    RP
    Availability: Available Soon
    ...exhibits a dense ruby/plum/garnet color to the rim as well as a sweet perfume of forest floor, spice box, cedar, and copious quantities of black fruits. Medium to full-bodied and beautifully pure with sweet tannins, this wine has aged mo..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $479.00
  15. Leoville Poyferre
    1982 Leoville Poyferre - 750 ml
    95
    RP
    Availability: In Stock
    There is no question that Leoville Poyferre was not making wines at the level of quality they have since 1990. That said, the 1982 is a great wine, no doubt because of the vintage rather than the winemaking at that time. A brilliant effort,..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $419.00
  16. Mouton Rothschild
    1982 Mouton Rothschild - 750 ml
    100
    RP
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    I have always felt the 1982 Mouton was perfect, yet this immortal effort might be capable of lasting for 100 years...In the mouth, this enormously concentrated, massive wine is easily the richest Mouton-Rothschild produced since 1945. In th..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $2,149.00
  17. Lynch Bages
    1985 Lynch Bages - 750 ml
    96
    RP-NM
    Availability: In Stock
    Tasted several times and each time an awesome nose of blackberry, burnt toast, dried blood all with stunning definition. Just soars out of the glass. The palate is full-bodied, beautifully balanced with nigh on perfect acidity. So fresh and..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $325.00
  18. Lafite Rothschild
    1985 Lafite Rothschild - 750 ml
    96
    JG
    Availability: In Stock
    "...This is an utterly brilliant year for Lafite and one of my favorite wines of the vintage, as it offers up a deep and very complex nose of cassis, sweet dark berries, a touch of fresh coconut, beautifully complex, gravelly soil tone..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $949.00
  19. Lafite Rothschild
    1986 Lafite Rothschild - 750 ml
    100
    RP
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    The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $1,495.00
  20. Mouton Rothschild
    1986 Mouton Rothschild - 750 ml
    100
    RP
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    Deep garnet-black colour. An incredible array of aromas on the nose: blackberry, black cherry, tobacco, espresso, leather, black olive and loam. The palate is absolutely seamless from first impression to finish, effortlessly building layers..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    Special Price $1,349.00 was $1,399.00
  21. Pichon Lalande
    1986 Pichon Lalande - 750 ml
    96
    RPNM
    Availability: In Stock
    One of the big surprises of the tasting. Superbly structured, with breathtaking aromas of plums, chocolate and berries that follow through on the palate. Full-bodied, with full tannins and a long, alluring finish...

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    - 750 ml
    $375.00
  22. Cos D'Estournel
    1986 Cos D'Estournel - 750 ml
    95
    RP
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    The 1986 is a highly extracted wine, with a black/ruby color and plenty of toasty, smoky notes in its bouquet that suggest ripe plums and licorice. Evolving at a glacial pace, it exhibits massive, huge, ripe, extremely concentrated flavors ..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $215.00
  23. Mouton Rothschild
    1988 Mouton Rothschild - 750 ml
    92
    WS
    Availability: In Stock
    Very pretty aromas of vanilla, tobacco, berry and chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins and a berry, chocolate finish...

    Wine Spectator..." Learn More
    - 750 ml
    $449.00
  24. Montrose
    - 1.5L
    $1,145.00
  25. Gruaud Larose
    1989 Gruaud Larose - 5L
    94
    WS
    Availability: In Stock
    Delivers fabulous aromas of crushed red fruits, with leather, tar, tobacco and mint. Full-bodied, offering supersoft and silky tannins, as well as a beautiful polish. Open and luscious, with amazing richness of fruit and decadence at the sa..." Learn More
    - 5L
    $1,699.00
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