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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 Haut-Brion (bin soiled, scuffed labels) 1982 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (bin soiled, scuffed labels) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour  1982 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1982 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (bin soiled label, top shoulder fill) 1982 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (bin soiled label, top shoulder fill) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Lagune  1982 Front Label
    Chateau La Lagune 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux (very top shoulder) 1982  Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (very top shoulder) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1982 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (stained label) 1982 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (stained label) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1982 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (top shoulder) 1982 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild (top shoulder) 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Les Forts de Latour  1982 Front Label
    Les Forts de Latour 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1982 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Petrus  1982  Front Label
    Chateau Petrus 1982
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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