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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Jalousie Beaulieu Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Jalousie Beaulieu Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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  • Chateau Lestage  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Lestage 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2016  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Clos Apalta  2016  Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Greysac  2015  Front Label
    Chateau Greysac 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One  2017  Front Label
    Opus One 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Marsau  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Marsau 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bond St. Eden 2016  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Fage Graves de Vayres 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fage Graves de Vayres 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France
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    • Colgin IX Estate Red 2016  Front Label
      Colgin IX Estate Red 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Chateau Cheval Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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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 Palmer  2010 Front Label
      Chateau Palmer 2010
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2018  Front Label
      Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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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 Branaire-Ducru (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Hyot  2015 Front Label
      Chateau Hyot 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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      Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Intrinsic Red Blend 2017 Front Label
      Intrinsic Red Blend 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      Chateau Bellefont Belcier Les Tours de Belcier 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Robert Sinskey Point of View 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Carneros, California
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      • Bond Pluribus 2016  Front Label
        Bond Pluribus 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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