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Bordeaux Blends

One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine...

One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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  • Estancia Reserve Meritage Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Realm Moonracer 2014
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2014
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Cosentino The Poet Red Meritage 2015
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Trefethen Double T Red 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Pride Mountain Reserve Claret 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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          • Bevan Cellars De Crescenzo/Tench The Impetus 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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          • Arcanum Il Fauno di Arcanum 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Chateau Canon (375ML half-bottle) 2014
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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