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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.
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  1. Corbin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 375ml (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Robert Parker
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    James Suckling
  2. Fontenil Fronsac	2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    James Suckling
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    Antonio Galloni
  3. Joanin Bécot Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    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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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    James Suckling
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    James Molesworth
  4. Clos Marsalette Rouge Pessac-Léognan 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    James Suckling
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    Jancis Robinson
  5. Haut Brisson Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    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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    Vinous
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    Jeb Dunnuck
  6. Lespault-Martillac Rouge Pessac-Léognan 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Vinous
  7. Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    The 2018 Les Cruzelles comes from gravelly-clayey soil, the Merlot picked September 18-25 and the Cabernet Franc on September 28, and is raised in 40% new oak. It has a more opulent, higher-toned bouquet compared to the La Chenade, offering expressive blueberry and ... Learn More
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  8. Potensac Médoc 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    James Suckling
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Robert Parker
  9. Laroze Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Robert Parker
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  10. Fleur de Bouard	Lalande de Pomerol 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Robert Parker
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    Vinous
  11. Fombrauge Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Vinous
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
  12. Marquis de Calon Ségur Saint-Estèphe	2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Jancis Robinson
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Robert Parker
  13. Labégorce	Margaux 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    Another winner from Margaux is the 2018 Château Labégorce, which is an interesting blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (although I was given slightly different blends for the two samples ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Robert Parker
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  14. Rol Valentin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    The vineyards of Chateau Rol Valentin are located in two separate areas in St. Emilion. About 40% of their vines are placed on sandy soils, north of La Gomerie on the way to Cheval Blanc. The colour has a ruby ​​hue, ... Learn More
  15. Fonroque Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Vinous
  16. Montviel Pomerol 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    James Suckling
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
  17. Barde-Haut Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    Showing brilliantly, the 2018 Château Barde-Haut comes from a beautiful, cooler terroir on the eastern side of Saint-Emilion. It has a wonderful sense of purity and elegance as well as ripe black cherry and blueberry fruits to go with medium ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    James Suckling
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    Robert Parker
  18. Saint Georges Cote Pavie Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    The wine Château saint georges cote pavie is a Red wine produced in the Bordeaux region in France, by Château Saint-Georges Côte Pavie. The notes of red fruits are very concentrated, behind them develop a wide range ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    James Suckling
  19. Carbonnieux rouge Pessac-Léognan 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Robert Parker
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    Wine Spectator
  20. 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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  21. Chauvin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru	2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Jancis Robinson
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Robert Parker
  22. Corbin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 750ml (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Robert Parker
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    James Suckling
  23. Desmirail Margaux 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Robert Parker
  24. Les Griffons de Pichon Baron Pauillac 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Robert Parker
  25. Lynch Moussas Pauillac 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Vinous
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    James Suckling
  26. Virginie de Valandraud Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale 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
  27. Echo de Lynch Bages Pauillac 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Robert Parker
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    James Suckling
  28. Clos de l'Oratoire Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    The team of Stephan von Neipperg knocked it out of the park in 2018, producing a brilliant lineup of wines. The 2018 Clos De L'Oratoire checks in as 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in 45% new French oak. As with ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    James Suckling
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    Neal Martin
  29. Fieuzal rouge Pessac-Léognan 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    James Suckling
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    Robert Parker
  30. Gloria Saint-Julien 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    Readers looking for an estate on the uptick need to check out the 2018 Château Gloria, which is up with the finest vintages I’ve tasted from this Saint-Julien estate. Deeply colored with terrific cassis and blackberry fruits as well ... Learn More
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    Jeb Dunnuck
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    Robert Parker
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    Vinous
  31. Tour Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale 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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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    James Suckling
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  32. Bellevue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    Ripe, rich, deep black fruit. Juicy and sweet fruited but a little oaky on the finish. Long and not too fleshy. A touch floral as it opens in the glass. Lots of freshness and finesse in the tannins, which are ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
  33. Bellefont Belcier	Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    The 2018 Bellefont-Belcier has a surprisingly understated bouquet with perfumed red cherries, crushed strawberry and violet aromas, touches of graphite emerging with time. The palate is very velvety in the mouth: veins of dark chocolate infusing the dark berry fruit with ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    James Suckling
  34. Lafon Rochet Saint-Estèphe 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    The upper Médoc did brilliantly in 2018, and that's certainly apparent when tasting the 2018 Château Lafon-Rochet. Sporting a deep purple hue as well as a gorgeous bouquet of ripe black and blue fruits, lead pencil, forest floor, chocolate, and ... Learn More
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  35. Phélan Ségur Saint-Estèphe 2018(Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    This is good quality in 2018, as it has consistently been over the past few vintages. It has a silky texture and is powerful but restrained, displaying the freshness and power of the clay that underpins the soils here and demonstrating ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
  36. Faugères Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    This 2018 is true to the Faugères signature of big, bold and totally confident in its tannic and fruit structure. It's high in alcohol but also high in acidity, with great structure without trying to push its agenda. The big, ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    James Suckling
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  37. Réserve de Pichon Comtesse Pauillac 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    Most of the plots that were planted since 2011 have gone into this. This second wine represents 41% of the crop. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Reserve de la Comtesse opens ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  38. Dassault Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    The Grand Vin of the estate, the Château Dassault 2018 expresses all the typicality of a Grand Cru Classé from Saint-Émilion. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Dassault has pronounced scents of baked red and black plums, fruitcake and raspberry coulis ... Learn More
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  39. Croix Ducru Beaucaillou Saint-Julien 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    The 2018 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, to be aged 12 months in 60% new barriques. It has a pH of 3.75, 15% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 96. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    Jeb Dunnuck
  40. Lagrange Saint-Julien 2018 (Ex Chateau arrivale time 4 months)
    This rivals the 2016 for sure. It's closed in and tight on the nose with slightly reductive notes, but it opens up after a few minutes to reveal another good quality St-Julien. A serious wine, it has well structured walls and ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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    Antonio Galloni
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