Cabernet Blend, France

Winemakers often blend Cabernet Sauvignon with other grape varietals (such as Merlot and Shiraz) as it enhances complexity within the wine whilst giving the fruitier varieties a framework and structure to sit within. The addition of other grapes to Cabernet tends to soften out the harsher tannins.

Cabernet blends from Coonawarra, Margaret River and Langhorne Creek are the most commonly known in Australia with Bordeaux and Languedoc the most iconic regions in France for making Cabernet blends.
Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More-so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
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  1. CHATEAU LANESSAN 2019 (EN PRIMEUR - DELIVERY 2022)
    "this is an excellent Lanessan" - Decanter Purple colour. Intense and clean nose, dominated by black cherry notes, candied black fruit with floral nuances, rose and violet. A rich and lively attack on the palate with very silky tannins, sweet ... Learn More
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  2. CHATEAU FERRANDE GRAVES BORDEAUX 2015
    The wines are aged in an average of 20% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling. Chateau Ferrande can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine ... Learn More
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  3. CHATEAU LANESSAN 2016
    A harmonious, elegant, rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A mulitlayered, elegant and feminine nose that is filled with soft, ripe plums and cassis. Approachable and friendly with lovely structure, fleshy tannins and a long finish. The ... Learn More
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  4. CHATEAU CAPBERN 2019 (EN PRIMEUR - DELIVERY 2022)
    69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot Chateau Capbern (formerly Capbern Gasqueton) is on a roll since the new owners took over the estate, along with Calon Segur, in 2012. Already blessed with prime vineyards close to heavyweights Montrose and Phelan Segur, their ... Learn More
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  5. CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT 2018 (EN PRIMEUR)
    Named after its most famous owner, Pope Clement V, Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac Leognan makes both red and white wine from their 32.5 hectare vineyard. Vineyards for the red wine is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, while the soils ... Learn More
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  6. CHATEAU LAROQUE St EMILION 2018 (EN PRIMEUR)
    A magnificent Grand Cru Classa, Chateau Laroque shines bright, established on the most beautiful limestone terroir of the Saint-Emilion appellation, on the right bank of Bordeaux. With 61 hectares of vines planted on a a clay plateau upon a subsoil of ... Learn More
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  7. VIEUX CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE 2014
    Vieux Chateau Saint André belongs to Jean-Claude Berrouet who was the winemaker at Petrus for 44 years until his retirement in 2007. Berrouet was recruited to be winemaker and technical director for Etablissement Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 where he was responsible for the ... Learn More
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  8. CHATEAU CANTEMERLE 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot - Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (medium toast), of which 40% are new. "The 2016 Cantemerle has a tightly wound bouquet... There are attractive undergrowth scents and a touch of tobacco. The ... Learn More
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  9. VIEUX CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE 2015
    Vieux Chateau Saint André belongs to Jean-Claude Berrouet who was the winemaker at Petrus for 44 years until his retirement in 2007. Berrouet was recruited to be winemaker and technical director for Etablissement Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 where he was responsible for the ... Learn More
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  10. CHATEAU LA FLEUR PENIN 2016
    "Our estate has been family owned since its beginnings in 1854, when it was bought by Louis Carteyron and his son Jacques. For many years, the production was divided between fruit and wine." Hubert Carteyron began direct sales of Château ... Learn More
  11. CHATEAU LABEGORCE MARGAUX 2018 (EN PRIMEUR)
    Beginning with the 2009 vintage, Labégorce Zédé has been folded into Labégorce, both of which are owned by the Perrodo family (as is the recently acquired Marquis d'Alesme). The 53-hectare vineyard has thus grown to 65 hectares and remains ... Learn More
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  12. CHATEAU LABEGORCE 2019 (EN PRIMEUR - DELIVERY 2022)
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. With its elegant neoclassical style, Château Labégorce is a property in the Margaux appellation, renowned for several centuries for the quality of its wines. In 1989, the Perrodo family acquired this estate and invested ... Learn More
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  13. CHATEAU MEYNEY 2016
    "The 2016 Meyney has quite an opulent and flamboyant bouquet, which is something I do not expect from this Saint Estèphe. It seems to calm down in the glass and attains more delineation and poise. The palate is sweet on ... Learn More
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  14. CHATEAU CLOS DE BOUARD MONTAGNE SAINT-EMILLION 2016
    The Chateau Clos de Bouard is owned by the De Bouard family who are also the owners of Angelus , the property is run by Coralie de Bouard with her Father Hubert assisting as a consultant. The property is ideally located ... Learn More
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  15. CHATEAU BELREGARD-FIGEAC 2015
    The 8.5 hectares of vines situated on the commune of Libourne benefit from a gravelly, meagre and highly qualitative, early ripening terroir that produces Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon at optimal maturity before the summer solstice. The majority of the ... Learn More
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  16. CHATEAU GLORIA 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    The 2016 Gloria is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc. "This is a little more backward and broody compared to the Saint-Pierre and indeed its Saint Julien peers, demanding more coaxing from the glass. It almost ... Learn More
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  17. CHATEAU LESPAULT-MARTILLAC 2011
    Olivier Bernard and his team have undertaken to make this wine one of the jewels of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, with an outstanding potential. In order to do so, they use the same methods as the finest great growths: ploughing ... Learn More
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  18. CHATEAU D’ARMAILHAC 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. "The bouquet is very impressive, typical d'Armaihlac in terms of the opulence and flamboyance with lush black cherry and boysenberry fruit, a subtle floral note developing with time in the glass. The ... Learn More
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  19. CONFIDENCES DE PRIEURE-LICHINE 2015
    “It was in 1972 that the owner of the time, ‘the Pope of wine’ Alexis Lichine, first made this second wine under the name Château de Clairefont, which is known today as Confidences de Prieuré-Lichine. This wine enjoys the ... Learn More
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  20. CHATEAU DAME DE MONTROSE 2016
    The 2016 La Dame de Montrose is a blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot. "Here, the aromatics took some time to coalesce in the glass: blackberry, graphite and a noticeable oyster shell aroma. The palate is medium-bodied ... Learn More
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  21. CHATEAU PRIEURE-LICHINE 2016
    The 2016 Prieure-Lichine is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. "The 2016 Prieuré-Lichine is one of the most beautiful and expressive wines of the year." Antonio Galloni "...eventually revealing blackberry, blueberry and violet aromas, just a touch of ... Learn More
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  22. CHATEAU D'ISSAN 2019 (EN PRIMEUR - DELIVERY 2022)
    60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot For fans of the d’Issan style, this delivers in spades. Here the spicy character of the vintage is represented by a note of red peppercorn on the nose, and from there the wine motors, with deep ... Learn More
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  23. CHATEAU RAUZAN SEGLA 'SEGLA' 2ND WINE 2012
    Ségla is the Second wine of superstar Rauzan, often considered a 'Super Second'. This wine consists of grapes from the youngest vines of the property (less than 10 years old). Since 1994, when Luxury goods company Chanel bought the property, many ... Learn More
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  24. LA CROIX DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU 2016
    The 2016 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. "It has quite a rich and opulent bouquet, quite glossy with scents of kirsch, crushed strawberry, crème de cassis and a touch of vanilla. ... Learn More
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  25. CHATEAU D’ARMAILHAC 2018 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    This good value classed growth Pauillac was formerly known as Mouton Baronne Philippe and is made by the same wine-making team as Mouton Rothschild. The blend here in 2018 was 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Medium-deep purple in ... Learn More
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  26. CHATEAU CLERC-MILON 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere (some of the oldest plantings of this grape in Bordeaux). "It has a very pure bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, a touch of cedar and ash in the ... Learn More
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  27. CHATEAU BRANAIRE DUCRU 2016
    The 2016 Branaire-Ducru is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. "The nose is quite intense with black fruit infused with pencil shaving and a touch of tobacco, unashamedly classic in style, a little distant compared to ... Learn More
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  28. CHATEAU BEYCHEVELLE 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    The 2016 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. "It has a very pure, fragrant bouquet with black cherries, cassis, cedar and wet limestone, extremely precise to the point where you might think it was ... Learn More
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  29. CHATEAU TALBOT 2016
    The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. "The 2016 Talbot has a conservative bouquet with slightly leafy black fruit, a subtle earthiness that percolates through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp and tensile tannin. There is an ... Learn More
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  30. ALTER EGO DE PALMER 2015
    "Most serious Alter Ego ever. More inner Ego now!" James Suckling "This is one of the most stunning estates in the Medoc and when their wine is good, it is very good. Fine florality and black fruits on the nose. ... Learn More
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  31. CHATEAU DUHART-MILON ROTHSCHILD 2016
    The 2016 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot. "The bouquet is tightly wound with blackberry, cigar box and sous-bois aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a crisp line of acidity, ... Learn More
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  32. CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT 2015
    The first harvests took at Château Pape Clément place in 1252. Was implemented in the XIIth century by Bertrand de Goth, younger of a noble family from Bordeaux region. Archbishop of Bordeaux, Bertrand de Got became Pope in 1305 under ... Learn More
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  33. CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON 2018 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    Anthony Barton's second growth is always a top quality Bordeaux of classic proportions. Structured, Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wines are produced here that are serious, controlled and pure. The 50 hectare vineyard is planted 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Always the ... Learn More
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  34. CHATEAU PHELAN SEGUR 2005
    The Grand Vin of Château Phélan Ségur comes from this magnificent terroir of Saint-Estèphe where power dominates. Strengthened by its origins, Château Phélan Ségur has created its identity based on elegance and finesse. ... Learn More
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  35. CHATEAU LEOVILLE POYFERRE 2016
    The 2016 Leoville-Poyferre is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. "...it has a typical bouquet for this estate with opulent but neatly controlled, billowing scents of black cherries, black plum, crème de cassis and violets. ... Learn More
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  36. CLOS DU MARQUIS 2010
    Now essentially treated as a separate estate by Jean-Hubert Delon, and not as a second wine of Leoville Las Cases (whose second wine is now the newly introduced Le Petit Lion), Clos du Marquis has been a shrewd consumer's purchase ... Learn More
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  37. CHATEAU CLERC-MILON 2018 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    Like Armailhac, this Pauillac is made by the Mouton Rothschild team. Always a serious wine, it has been much improved in recent vintages. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Carmenere in 2018. Deep colour with a plush, ripe nose ... Learn More
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  38. CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    The 2016 Leoville-Barton is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot. "It has a more intense bouquet compared to the Langoa-Barton, plenty of intense blackberry and raspberry fruit, minerals, cedar and a hint of licorice. The palate is a little chewy ... Learn More
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  39. CLOS DU MARQUIS 2005
    “The Clos du Marquis, the second label of Léoville-Las Cases, was created at the end of the 19th century. This name, which has been used on a regular basis since the beginning of the last century, originates from the ... Learn More
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  40. CHATEAU LYNCH BAGES 2016 (BONDED - EN PRIMEUR)
    The 2016 Lynch Bages is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. "It has a very concentrated, almost opaque bouquet that required some coaxing from the glass, developing floral and crushed limestone scents with time: disarmingly fresh ... Learn More
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