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Do Bordeaux Blends Age?


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With my recent tasting of 2008 bordeaux fresh in my mind, it is the perfect time to revisit a tasting from early this year of what can only be described as minor bordeaux of the 1980s. Truth be told, I don’t recall the exact pricing for many of these wines, though they were mostly under $10 a bottle. Accounting for inflation, that means about $20 in 2011 dollars.

To put things in perspective, both Meyney and Poujeaux are still minor bordeaux and tend to be good values, but are priced in the $30 to $40 range these days. That’s just one thing that has changed in Bordeaux over the years. They’ve become more expensive, but they’ve also seen many "improvements" over the years as well. I say "improvements" primarily because some of the progress we’ve seen has been primarily in making the wines bigger and bolder, to satisfy the bigger-is-better camp of wine drinkers and reviewers.

It’s actually hard to find wines that are similar to these Poujeaux and Meyney vintages, which makes this tasting all the more interesting. Could value bordeaux stand ageing for 20 to 30 years? Were they even designed for this sort of time in the cellar anyway? One thing is for sure, they no longer are. One of the main differences between what I’ll call modern bordeaux and their predecessors is the accessibility of the wine while young.

Back in the day, bordeaux tended to be a bit unfriendly on release. They were wines that demanded some time in the cellar. Today that is less of the case. Though they continue to reward cellaring, minor bordeaux in particular are built for early accessibility. They are fruitier, less tannic, and with softer acidity. This is a gross generalization and in an odd twist, might actually have greater validity as such. There are still plenty of bordeaux that demand cellaring, but almost all plateau sooner than they once had.

These wines from the 1980s reflect a different mind set. They lean towards accessibility but also toward ripeness, fruitiness, and the general ideal profile of bordeaux. They are wines that were leaner and more structured than today’s versions, which might not be ideal for a modern marketplace, but do help forgotten bottles stand the test of time.

I’ve owned all of these wines since release and while they weren’t quite forgotten, they certainly were forgotten about for some time. I’ve been working through them over the years and while many have their best days behind them, they continue, for the most part, to drink well and have certainly rewarded me handsomely for my modest investment!

These all turned out to be good wines, some very good and punching well above their weight-class. In fact, the 1988 Meyney, which was corked tonight, continues to improve and is a potential knockout among these wines. The 1982 bordeaux on the other hand is a sentimental favorite, the first solid case of bordeaux I purchased for my cellar and one of my epiphany wines. It was the first wine that I drank in its youth while able to see its future potential. It was an exciting moment in my wine life and one I remember fondly.

Of course, 1982 was also a fabulous vintage. Even though this particular 1982 has faded quite a bit since its peak, about five to eight years ago, it still delivers a delicious bordeaux drinking experience. That unfortunately has become hard to come by today, at least at this price point. Minor bordeaux today is a wine for now, quite fittingly a wine for the moment.

We no longer want to wait for what may come, even though there is nothing better, and instead we prefer what we can certainly have. It’s a pity. With so few wines at these price points promising this type of development in the bottle, we risk loosing a part of our culture. That part that understands that what happens in the bottle cannot be otherwise replicated and that often the best results come from ugly ducklings.

So below you’ll find my tasting notes on some truly lovely wines. I’m not sure what bordeaux I should be cellaring today to get these types of results, but I remain open-minded. What are your suggestions?

— Gregory Del Piaz, Snooth

(Photo Modified: Flickr/DebHarkness)


In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

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Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

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In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

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No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

The Best Wine Tools

From beginner to professional, the right wine tools make for the best drinking experience.

About Madeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly


In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

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No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

The Best Wine Tools

From beginner to professional, the right wine tools make for the best drinking experience.

About Madeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly


In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

The Best Wine Tools

From beginner to professional, the right wine tools make for the best drinking experience.

About Madeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly


In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

The Best Wine Tools

From beginner to professional, the right wine tools make for the best drinking experience.

About Madeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly


In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

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In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

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Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

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From beginner to professional, the right wine tools make for the best drinking experience.

About Madeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly


In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

The Best Wine Tools

From beginner to professional, the right wine tools make for the best drinking experience.

About Madeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly


In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

The Best Wine Tools

From beginner to professional, the right wine tools make for the best drinking experience.

About Madeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly


In fact, the process of blending goes beyond just putting grape varieties together. Many winemakers go through a rigorous barrel selection process to identify the best tasting wines. The top barrels go into a winery’s reserve bottlings, either reserved as a single variety or put together into a cuvée (French for ‘vat’).

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Wine Blends

Bordeaux

A medium to full-bodied wine with notes of graphite, smoke, plum, black currant and tobacco.

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Petit Verdot
  • Malbec

White Bordeaux

A zesty and lightly colored white wine with flavors of gooseberry and melon. A few examples are oak-aged and have a lightly creamy texture.

Learn more about the Bordeaux Region, the origin place of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bordeaux Wine Region

Champagne

A high acidity sparkling wine with notes of lemon, almond, honeycomb and apple.

Learn more about Champagne Champagne Wine Region

Châteauneuf du Pape

A medium-bodied red wine with notes of maraschino cherry, raspberry, leather and faded rose.

  • Grenache
  • Syrah
  • Mourvèdre
  • Bourboulenc
  • Cinsault
  • Clairette Blanche
  • Counoise
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Muscardin
  • Picardan
  • Piquepoul Blanc
  • Roussanne
  • Terret Noir
  • Vaccarèse

Chianti

A medium-bodied wine with notes of black cherry, leather, tomato, and vanilla.

  • Sangiovese 70-100%
  • No more than 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
  • Up to 30% of Others

Super Tuscan

A full-bodied red wine with flavors of blueberry, clove and leather.

Learn more about Italy’s wine regions. Italian Wine Region Map

Amarone

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and notes of fig, dried cranberry, clove, sweet tobacco and leather.

Soave

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, almond, and occasionally creaminess from oak-aging.

A classic styled sparkling wine with notes of white peach, granite and lemon.

Learn more about Cava, a delicious alternative to Champagne All about Cava.

Rioja

A medium to full-bodied red wine with bold tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plums, figs and leather.

Know the difference between Crianza and Reserva Rioja: How to Buy Rioja

Priorat

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blueberry brambles, pepper, violet and wet-granite.

A full-bodied fortified wine with notes of blackberry, black currant, graphite, figs and raisins.

  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinto Cão
  • Others

Portugal’s underrated region The Douro Valley

Meritage

A full-bodied red wine with notes of blueberry, plum, violets, pepper and vanilla.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Petit Verdot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Malbec
  • Carménère

GSM ‘Rhône’ Blend

A medium to full-bodied red wine with notes of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, bacon fat and allspice.

White Rhône Blend

A full-bodied white wine with notes of cream, apple, lemon curd and parmesan cheese.

  • Marsanne
  • Roussanne
  • Clairette
  • Grenache Blanc
  • Bourboulenc
  • Viognier

Provençal Rosé

A dry rosé with nuanced flavors of strawberry, melon, lavender and orange.

Red Burgundy

A light-bodied red wine with notes of cherry, raspberry, peony, and clove.

White Burgundy

A medium-bodied white wine with notes of lemon, apple, chalk and cream.

The secrets to Burgundy Simple Guide to Burgundy Wine

Prosecco

A delicately floral sparkling wine with notes of lilies and peaches.

Barolo

A medium-bodied wine with bold tannins and notes of cherries, leather, clove and anise.

Barolo is a sub-region in Northwestern Italy Find out more about Piedmont

The Best Wine Tools

From beginner to professional, the right wine tools make for the best drinking experience.

About Madeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly