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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Yatir Forest (OU Kosher) 2014  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Israel
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2008 Front Label
    Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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    Newton The Puzzle 2007
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Bellevue Mondotte  2006 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Lascombes  2015  Front Label
    Chateau Lascombes 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2011 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Justin Isosceles 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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