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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.

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  • Chateau Lestage  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Lestage 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, 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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  • Bernardus Marinus Estate 2014  Front Label
    Bernardus Marinus Estate 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Carmel Valley, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2017  Front Label
    San Simeon Stormwatch Estate Reserve Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2018  Front Label
    Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, 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 Dalem (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
      Chateau Dalem (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chalk Hill Estate Red 2017  Front Label
      Chalk Hill Estate Red 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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    • Chateau de Monbadon  2015 Front Label
      Chateau de Monbadon 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
      • JS90
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    • Brancaia Ilatraia 2017  Front Label
      Brancaia Ilatraia 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • J. Bookwalter Conflict Red 2019  Front Bottle Shot
      J. Bookwalter Conflict Red 2019
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Decoy Red 2019  Front Label
      Decoy Red 2019
      Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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    • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2018  Front Label
      Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Langoa Barton (Futures Pre-Sale) 2021  Front Label
      Chateau Langoa Barton (Futures Pre-Sale) 2021
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Inglenook Rubicon 2017  Front Label
      Inglenook Rubicon 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Lancaster Estate Winemaker's Cuvee 2018  Front Label
      Lancaster Estate Winemaker's Cuvee 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2020  Front Label
      Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Proprietor's Blend 2020
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau L'Evangile  2019  Front Label
        Chateau L'Evangile 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Lalande  2019  Front Label
        Chateau Lalande 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Esprit de Pavie  2015  Front Label
        Esprit de Pavie 2015
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Mauvesin Barton (Futures Pre-Sale) 2021  Front Label
        Chateau Mauvesin Barton (Futures Pre-Sale) 2021
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Moulis, Bordeaux, France
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      • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2018  Front Label
        Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
        Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Haut-Brion  2018  Front Label
        Chateau Haut-Brion 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2019  Front Label
        Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2019
        Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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