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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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  • Opus One  2007 Front Label
    Opus One 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus 2007 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2007 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden (stained labels) 2007 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden (stained labels) 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2007 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Bond Vecina 2007  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2007 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bond Melbury 2007 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2007 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2007 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Continuum (signed) 2007 Front Label
    Continuum (signed) 2007
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2007 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2007 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (375ML half-bottle) 2007 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (375ML half-bottle) 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2007 Front Label
    Blankiet Paradise Hills Vineyard Proprietary Red 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2007 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Carter Cellars Hossfeld Coliseum Red Blend (signed) 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Viader Proprietary Red 2007 Front Label
    Viader Proprietary Red 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Margaux  2007 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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