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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 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 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 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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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Premium Blend 2014  Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Premium Blend 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Chateau Hyot  2014 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Sebastiani Gravel Bed Red Blend 2016 Front Label
    Sebastiani Gravel Bed Red Blend 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Fiftieth Reserve (Super Bowl Commemorative Bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Fiftieth Reserve (Super Bowl Commemorative Bottle) 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2016 Front Label
    Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Murrieta's Well The Spur 2017  Front Label
    Murrieta's Well The Spur 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
    • WE90
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  • Robert Mondavi Maestro 2015 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Maestro 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Mondavi Oakville BDX Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Oakville BDX Red Blend 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Catena Zapata Nicolas 2015 Front Label
      Catena Zapata Nicolas 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    • Decoy Red 2017  Front Label
      Decoy Red 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Mouton Cadet Rouge 2016 Front Label
      Mouton Cadet Rouge 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      • Rutherford Ranch 2 Range Red 2015 Front Label
        Rutherford Ranch 2 Range Red 2015
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Conn Creek Anthology 2014 Front Label
        Conn Creek Anthology 2014
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2016  Front Label
        J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Ferrari-Carano Tresor 2014  Front Label
        Ferrari-Carano Tresor 2014
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      • Indaba Mosaic 2018  Front Label
        Indaba Mosaic 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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        • Brancaia Ilatraia 2014  Front Label
          Brancaia Ilatraia 2014
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2017  Front Label
          DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil 2015 Front Label
          Finca Decero The Owl and The Dust Devil 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • Chateau Loudenne  2014  Front Label
          Chateau Loudenne 2014
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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        • Flora Springs Trilogy 2016 Front Label
          Flora Springs Trilogy 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          DeLille D2 Estate Red 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Chateau Mayne Vieil  2016  Front Label
          Chateau Mayne Vieil 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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        • San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2015  Front Label
          San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2015 Front Label
          Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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