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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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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2017  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Lafleur-Gazin  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Lafleur-Gazin 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Verite La Muse 2017  Front Label
    Verite La Muse 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Canon  2017  Front Label
    Chateau Canon 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2017  Front Label
    Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Clos Apalta  2017 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    • D94
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  2017 Front Label
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2017  Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Verite Le Desir 2017  Front Label
    Verite Le Desir 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2017  Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Quella 2017  Front Label
    Bond Quella 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • V94
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