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Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired red 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 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.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. 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.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux 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 Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux Blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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  • Continuum  2017  Front Label
    Continuum 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau de Panigon  2016  Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau de Panigon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate 2017  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Premium Blend 2017  Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Premium Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate 2016 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • WS95
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  • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta Le Petit Clos Apalta 2017  Front Label
    Clos Apalta Le Petit Clos Apalta 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Bellegrave  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Bellegrave 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2017  Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Bourdieu No.1 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Jalousie Beaulieu Bordeaux Superieur 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Tournefeuille Lalande-de-Pomerol 2016 Front Label
    Chateau Tournefeuille Lalande-de-Pomerol 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    CARO 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Chateau Greysac 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Realm Cellars The Bard 2018  Front Label
    Realm Cellars The Bard 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2016 Front Label
    Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Clos du Roy 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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    • JD91
    3.8 329 Ratings
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