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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 Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2002 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bond Matriarch 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002 Front Label
    Ramey Diamond Mountain District Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Palmer  2002 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One  2002 Front Label
    Opus One 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2002 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2002  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ausone  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Ausone 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Verite La Joie 2002 Front Label
    Verite La Joie 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Verite La Muse 2002 Front Label
    Verite La Muse 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (slightly torn foil capsule) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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