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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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
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      Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond St. Eden (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
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      • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed by winemaker) 2010  Front Label
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        • Bryant Family Bettina Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed) 2010  Front Label
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            Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
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