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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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  • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Tokara Director's Reserve Red 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017  Front Label
    Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017
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    • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2015 Front Label
      Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau de Pressac  2016 Front Label
      Chateau de Pressac 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Gaja Camarcanda 2016  Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau du Bousquet  2014 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Siran  2015 Front Label
      Chateau Siran 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2016  Front Label
      Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Cheval des Andes  2015 Front Label
      Cheval des Andes 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Ornellaia  2017  Front Label
      Ornellaia 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Chateau Pape Clement  2015 Front Label
      Chateau Pape Clement 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Almaviva Red 2017  Front Label
      Almaviva Red 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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    • Chateau Clos du Roy  2016 Front Label
      Chateau Clos du Roy 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau de Tabuteau Lussac St. Emilion 2016 Front Label
      Chateau de Tabuteau Lussac St. Emilion 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2017 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      Meerlust Rubicon 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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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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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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      • Shafer TD-9 2017  Front Label
        Shafer TD-9 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2015
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Haut-Brisson  2016 Front Label
        Chateau Haut-Brisson 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Banfi Aska Bolgheri Rosso 2016  Front Label
        Banfi Aska Bolgheri Rosso 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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        Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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