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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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  • Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaret River, Australia
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  • Col Solare 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • DeLille D2 Estate Red 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Foley Johnson Estate Rutherford Meritage 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pascual Toso Barrancas 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Geyser Peak Alexander Valley Tectonic Red Blend 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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