Red Bordeaux Blend Wines

Red Bordeaux Blend Wines

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. 1961 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1961 Calon Segur
    96
    JG
    (Château Calon-Ségur) After having been snake-bitten with bad luck on a couple of occasions (cooked examples) with the 1961 Calon-Ségur, I was delighted to be s..." Learn More
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    As low as $849.00
  2. 1961 talbot Bordeaux Red
    1961 Talbot
    The nose is closed at first and needed some coaxing from the glass. When it did appear, it had more depth and complexity than Calon-Segur with earthy notes mixed with a faint notes..." Learn More
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    As low as $670.00
  3. 1969 ausone Bordeaux Red
    1969 Ausone
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    As low as $430.00
  4. 1970 latour Bordeaux Red
    1970 Latour
    98
    RP
    One of the top two or three wines of the vintage (Petrus and Trotanoy are noteworthy rivals), this young, magnificent Latour is still 5-10 years away from full maturity. The opaque..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,155.00
  5. 1970 mouton rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1970 Mouton Rothschild
    96
    WS
    Deep garnet; fragrant tar and black truffle nose; extremely concentrated; big and mouth-filling, with very dense cassis flavor; enormous, generous fruit; a voluptuous claret.Wine S..." Learn More
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    As low as $670.00
  6. 1971 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1971 Petrus
    97
    VM
    This bottle of 1971 Petrus is perhaps the best that I have encountered, completely overawing the 1970 served alongside. It boasts a gorgeous bouquet with delineated red berry fruit..." Learn More
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    As low as $5,860.00
  7. 1974 Mouton Rothschild
    1974 Mouton Rothschild
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    As low as $565.00
  8. 1975 latour Bordeaux Red
    1975 Latour
    94
    JG
    (Château Latour) The 1975 Latour is a very good example of the vintage, which was nowhere near as successful in the Médoc as it was in the Right Bank and Graves. But, ..." Learn More
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    As low as $750.00
  9. 1975 les forts de latour Bordeaux Red
    1975 Les Forts De Latour
    90
    DEC
    The wines at Latour were being made by Jean-Paul Gardère and Henri Martin in 1975. This is hugely impressive for a second wine (the label made its first appearance in the 19..." Learn More
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    As low as $290.00
  10. 1975 Mouton Rothschild
    1975 Mouton Rothschild
    95
    JS
    I absolutely love the nose of licorice, minerals, black currants, and berries. Full and slightly hard and acidic, but I could smell it all night. It softens and turns velvety and d..." Learn More
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    As low as $785.00
  11. 1976 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1976 Lafite Rothschild
    96
    JS
    This is the wine of the vintage. I love the rosewater, currants and citrus character to this now. It's still full body yet so ethereal. It goes on and on in the finish turning cre..." Learn More
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    As low as $905.00
  12. 1976 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1976 Petrus
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    As low as $2,645.00
  13. 1978 margaux Bordeaux Red
    1978 Margaux
    94
    RP-NM
    Tasted at the Amuse Bouche offline in Hong Kong. Thank you to Gautam for proffering this splendid magnum, the larger format showing how it can age in more superior fashion to a bot..." Learn More
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    As low as $630.00
  14. 1979 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1979 Lafite Rothschild
    92
    WS
    Fruity, deep and firm, filled with plum and cherry, backed by youthful, stiff tannins. Needs time for complexity to develop. Try in 1995.--Lafite Rothschild vertical.Wine Spectator..." Learn More
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    As low as $935.00
  15. 1979 latour Bordeaux Red
    1979 Latour
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    As low as $670.00
  16. 1979 Mouton Rothschild
    1979 Mouton Rothschild
    96
    WS
    No written review provided | 96 WS..." Learn More
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    As low as $540.00
  17. 1979 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1979 Petrus
    90
    WS
    A rather hard wine, with a firm backbone of silky tannins and sweet black olive, vanilla and berry aromas and flavors.--Pétrus vertical. Best from 1992 through 1995. Wine Sp..." Learn More
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    As low as $3,085.00
  18. 1980 Mouton Rothschild
    1980 Mouton Rothschild
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    As low as $645.00
  19. 1980 petrus Bordeaux Red
    1980 Petrus
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    As low as $3,245.00
  20. 1981 lafite rothschild Bordeaux Red
    1981 Lafite Rothschild
    91
    RP
    This wine is close to full maturity, but it is capable of holding for another two decades. It reveals the classic Lafite bouquet of red and black fruits, cedar, fruitcake, and toba..." Learn More
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    As low as $890.00
  21. 1981 palmer Bordeaux Red
    1981 Palmer
    92
    JG
    (Château Palmer) The 1981 vintage at Château Palmer is really lovely middleweight and a wine that offers up lovely sappiness at the core to go along with very refined a..." Learn More
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    As low as $425.00
  22. 1982 calon segur Bordeaux Red
    1982 Calon Segur
    94+
    RP
    Like Certan de May, I bought this in both half and 750 ml bottles. Only recently have the half bottles reached full maturity, and the 750 ml remains a massive, backward wine for lo..." Learn More
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    As low as $395.00
  23. 1982 cos destournel Bordeaux Red
    1982 Cos D'Estournel
    97
    JD
    I loved this bottle of 1982 Cos d'Estournel, and it was easily the best bottle I’ve had of this wine, which has always shown slightly tired and over the hill for me. It shows..." Learn More
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    As low as $599.00
  24. 1982 ducru beaucaillou Bordeaux Red
    1982 Ducru Beaucaillou
    97
    JD
    The finest bottle I’ve had of this wine (which came from the estate), the 1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou continues to drink brilliantly and is a magical Saint-Julien. S..." Learn More
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    As low as $539.00
  25. 1982 gruaud larose Bordeaux Red
    1982 Gruaud Larose
    98
    RP
    A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet..." Learn More
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    As low as $699.00
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