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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 Larrivaux 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    Located in Haut-Medoc, Chateau Larrivaux is a wine estate founded in the 16th century. Established on land where nothing existed before, the mansion and vineyard were erected against all odds. The peculiarity of this estate is that it has been ... Learn More
  2. Chateau Lanessan 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    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 and savoury. Lingering and fresh finish showing ... Learn More
  3. Chateau Malleret 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    This wine is all about balancing elegance, finesse of the aromas and power. A beautiful expression of 2021 in that it is a fresher example but does not compromise on ripeness, structure and power. 60% old vine Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit ... Learn More
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  4. Chateau d'Agassac 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    Château D'Agassac is spread over 106 acres between 2 gravelly hilltops and an area of sandy gravel. A blend of 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc. Ageing in 50% in new barrels, 43% in stainless steel tanks and 7% in amphora resulting in a wine ... Learn More
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  5. Chateau Corbin 2018 375ml (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    This 13-hectare vineyard is situated northwest of the town of Saint-Émilion. The vines are an average of 30 years old and are planted to a mix of sand and clay-based soils. Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Corbin opens with seductive ... Learn More
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  6. Chateau Ferrande Graves Bordeaux 2018
    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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  7. Chateau Fontenil 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Fontenil struts out of the glass with confident black plum preserves, black cherries and mulberries scents plus suggestions of underbrush, Indian spices, violets and mossy bark. Full-bodied, rich and decadently fruited, it has a solid, ... Learn More
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  8. Chateau Joanin Bécot 2018(Ex Chateau)
    A beautiful wine that shines on all accounts, the 2018 Château Joanin Bécot is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc from a cooler, limestone terroir in the Castillon region of Bordeaux. Aged in 50% new oak (15% in amphora), it ... Learn More
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  9. Chateau Clos Marsalette Rouge 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Savory aromas of black olive, dried mushroom, iodine and earth, as well as wild blackberry and clove. It’s medium-bodied with firm, sleek tannins and fresh acidity. Bitter berry notes on the finish. Hint of jam, but turns firm. - ... Learn More
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  10. Chateau Haut Brisson 2018 (Ex Chateau)
    The 2018 Haut-Brisson comes from Vignonet and Monbousquet in Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse, from the lieu-dit Laroque. It is blended of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and has 14.6% alcohol. It is aging in 35% new, 35% one-year-old and 30% two-year-old barrels for an anticipated 18 months. It has ... Learn More
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  11. Chateau Lespault-Martillac Rouge 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Château Lespault-Martillac is terrific, and despite having gravellier, draining soils, the Graves region turned out plenty of beautiful wines in the vintage. This deeply colored effort offers medium to full-bodied richness and notable elegance to go with classic ... Learn More
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  12. Chateau Ormes de Pez 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    Merlot 54%, Cabernet Sauvignon 38%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 4% This is a super effort from the Lynch-Bages team this year. The drought has given concentration, but not at the expense of delicacy. That is evident at first from the colour, which is ... Learn More
  13. Chateau Mangot Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    *This price includes all shipping and taxes- due 2024* The history of Chateau Mangot reaches all the way back to 1556, now with 34 hA of organically farmed, minimal intervention vines. The aim: to express as many facets as possible of the 21 Mangot ... Learn More
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  14. Chateau La Chenade Lalande-de-Pomerol 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    *This price includes all shipping and taxes- due 2024* The second wine from Chateau Les Cruzelles. Where the flagship wine consists of a considerable portion of Cabernet Franc, La Chenade is 100% Merlot. With only 30% new oak, the fruit is the star ... Learn More
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  15. Chateau Potensac 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Château Potensac sports a saturated purple color as well as a Cabernet-dominated nose of blackcurrants, cassis, tobacco, and earth. This beauty is full-bodied and concentrated, with notable freshness balancing terrific ripeness. It’s going to evolve nicely for ... Learn More
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  16. Chateau Dalem 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    *This price includes all shipping and taxes- due 2024* Eric Bissenot is the eonologist who consults for Châteaux Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Mouton Rothschild, plus super-seconds such as Léoville Las Cases and Ducru-Beaucaillou. A fantastic 2021 from Dalem. Plenty of ... Learn More
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  17. Chateau Laroze 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Laroze bursts from the glass with warm plums, baked cherries and mulberries with hints of chocolate box, tapenade and camphor. Full, rich and opulent with bags of black fruit preserves and spicy sparks framed by ... Learn More
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  18. Chateau Fleur de Bouard 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 La Fleur De Boüard is mostly Merlot but includes 12% Cabernet Franc and just a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon. Blueberries, cassis, graphite, charcoal, and subtle oak notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, concentrated, beautifully balanced 2018 that has ... Learn More
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  19. Chateau Fombrauge 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The deep ruby/purple-colored 2018 Château Fombrauge is a beauty and one of the finest examples of this cuvée to date. Smoked black fruits, tobacco, graphite, and hints of chocolate all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, rich, impressively ... Learn More
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  20. Chateau Marquis de Calon Ségur 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Le Marquis de Calon-Ségur is a blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Sauvignon (14.9% alcohol). Deep purple-black in color, it gives up opulent scents of Indian spices, menthol and plum preserves with a core of crème de cassis, baked ... Learn More
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  21. Chateau Lynch-Moussas 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    The 2018 Lynch-Moussas is super-expressive and very nicely woven together. Bright red berry fruit, floral notes and silky tannins give the wine striking persistence to match its understated personality. All the elements are impeccably balanced in a wine that is so ... Learn More
  22. Chateau Siran Margaux 2021 (En Primeur - arrival 2024)
    *This price includes all shipping and taxes- due 2024* Both powerful and subtle, the wines of Siran always seek the balance between the softness of the tannins, the intensity of the fruit and a persistent freshness. The nose opens with floral ... Learn More
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  23. Chateau Fombrauge Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2021 (En Primeur - Arrival 2024)
    *This price includes all shipping and taxes- due 2024* The estate had its first harvest in 1599, and has continued to evolve with the times, carefully crafting high quality wines. Ripeness maps have been created with the help of drones and a ... Learn More
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  24. Chateau Fonroque 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Deep cherry red. Intense Ribena-like blackcurrant aroma and ripe cherry. Very sweet and pure. Chewy but velvety texture. Rich, soft and supple, though everything is up front. Thick with tannins but not in the least astringent. Needs to slim down ... Learn More
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  25. Chateau Montviel 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Deep, saturated purple-colored, the 2018 Château Montviel offers a mouthfilling style as well as terrific notes of ripe black cherries, damp earth, chocolate, and tobacco. It's a layered, beautifully textured, seriously good barrel sample. - Jeb Dunnuck ... Learn More
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  26. Chateau Carbonnieux rouge 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Carbonnieux leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of baked blackberries, warm cassis, preserved plum and lavender with touches of Indian spices, forest floor and dried sage. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, the generous fruit has loads ... Learn More
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  27. Larrivet Haut Brion rouge Pessac-Léognan 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    While a touch reductive on this occasion, the 2018 Château Larrivet Haut-Brion is nevertheless loaded with potential, offering a big nose of black cherry and blackberry fruits as well as complex smoked earth and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, ... Learn More
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  28. Chateau Chauvin 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Checking in as a mix of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in 50% new oak, the 2018 Château Chauvin is a rich, powerful wine that clearly ranks with the finest wines from this address in the past decade ... Learn More
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  29. Chateau Corbin 2018 750ml (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    This 13-hectare vineyard is situated northwest of the town of Saint-Émilion. The vines are an average of 30 years old and are planted to a mix of sand and clay-based soils. Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Corbin opens with seductive ... Learn More
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  30. Chateau Les Griffons de Pichon Baron 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Desmirail comes rolling out of the glass with exuberant blackcurrant cordial, prunes and baked cherries scents plus hints of tobacco, fried herbs and woodsmoke. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy texture with just enough ... Learn More
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  31. Chateau Lynch Moussas 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The 2018 Lynch-Moussas is super-expressive and very nicely woven together. Bright red berry fruit, floral notes and silky tannins give the wine striking persistence to match its understated personality. All the elements are impeccably balanced in a wine that is so ... Learn More
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  32. Chateau Fonroque 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    Château Fonroque wines are naturally rich and sophisticated. Clay provides power and depth. Limestone adds a distinct mineral character. Oaking is done minimally, with 30% aged in new large barrels and the remainder in either small barrels that have held ... Learn More
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  33. Chateau Phelan Segur 2017 (En Primeur)
    Château Phélan-Ségur is a St Estèphe property that produces textbook meaty, solid and long-lived St Estèphe. Founded by Irishman Bernard O’Phelan, the estate was developed by his son, Frank, and renamed Phélan Sé ... Learn More
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  34. Chateau Virginie de Valandraud 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    The Château Valandraud 2018 ranks among the elite Grands Crus Classés of Saint-Émilion in a very good vintage for Bordeaux. Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Virginie de Valandraud opens a little broody with notes of damp soil, truffles ... Learn More
  35. Chateau D’Armailhac 2020 (En Primeur - Delivery 2023)
    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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  36. Chateau Echo de Lynch Bages 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and without any new oak, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Echo de Lynch Bages rolls seductively out of the glass with fragrant notes of candied violets, rose hip tea and fragrant soil ... Learn More
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  37. Chateau Fieuzal rouge 2018(Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    This feels closed in and confident but is not giving much away. It has a silky texture with firm and bristling tannins - you can feel the latent power, pretty much in line with 2010 or 2016 in terms of its construction. ... Learn More
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  38. Chateau D’Armailhac 2021 (En Primeur - Delivery 2024)
    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. Medium-deep purple in the glass, with a mixture of sweet red and black fruits on the ... Learn More
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  39. Chateau Tour Figeac 2018 (Ex Chateau arrival time 4 months)
    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 La Tour Figeac starts off a little shy, giving way to bright, vibrant scents of crushed black and red cherries, warm plums and wild blueberries with hints of violets, licorice, woodsmoke and garrigue. Full-bodied, it has ... Learn More
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  40. Chateau Sociando-Mallet 2015
    Château Sociando-Mallet is a wine estate located in the northern Médoc (the wines are bottled under Haut-Médoc appellation), and generally regarded as the equal of many classed growths. Although not featured in the 1855 Bordeaux classification, the property ... Learn More
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