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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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  • Harlan The Maiden 2001 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Valandraud  2001 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2001 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Del Dotto The David 2001  Front Label
    Del Dotto The David 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2001 Front Label
    Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2001 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    De Toren Fusion V 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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    Audelssa Mountain Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Cain Concept 2001  Front Label
      Cain Concept 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Cayuse Flying Pig 2001 Front Label
        Cayuse Flying Pig 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Araujo Altagracia 2001 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Behrens & Hitchcock Dr. Crane Cuvee Beckstoffer Vineyards 2001 Front Label
            Behrens & Hitchcock Dr. Crane Cuvee Beckstoffer Vineyards 2001
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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            • Abreu Vineyards Thorevilos (slightly scuffed label) 2001 Front Label
              Abreu Vineyards Thorevilos (slightly scuffed label) 2001
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Harlan Estate 2001 Front Label
              Harlan Estate 2001
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              Bond Vecina 2001
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2001 Front Label
              Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2001
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch (slightly scuffed label) 2001 Front Label
                Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch (slightly scuffed label) 2001
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
                Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
                Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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