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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 Jalousie Beaulieu Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Jalousie Beaulieu Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lestage  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Lestage 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Listrac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Purple Heart Red Wine 2016  Front Label
    Purple Heart Red Wine 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, 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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    • Murrieta's Well The Spur 2018  Front Label
      Murrieta's Well The Spur 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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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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      • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
        Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Estancia Reserve Meritage Red 2016 Front Label
        Estancia Reserve Meritage Red 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central 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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        • Halter Ranch Vineyard Ancestor Estate Reserve 2017  Front Label
          Halter Ranch Vineyard Ancestor Estate Reserve 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
          • WE93
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        • Taken Wine Company Napa Valley Red Blend 2017  Front Label
          Taken Wine Company Napa Valley Red Blend 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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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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        • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2017  Front Label
          Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chalk Hill Estate Red 2016  Front Label
          Chalk Hill Estate Red 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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        • DeLille D2 Estate Red 2016 Front Label
          DeLille D2 Estate Red 2016
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Meeker Four Kings 2015  Front Label
          Meeker Four Kings 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2017  Front Label
            Joseph Phelps Insignia 2017
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
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          • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2017  Front Label
            Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2017
            Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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          • Chateau Loudenne  2014  Front Label
            Chateau Loudenne 2014
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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            Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2017
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Santa Julia Reserva Mountain Blend 2018  Front Label
            Santa Julia Reserva Mountain Blend 2018
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Hindsight Wines Retrospective 20/20 Red 2017  Front Label
            Hindsight Wines Retrospective 20/20 Red 2017
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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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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