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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 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2009 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Clos Apalta 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Clos Apalta 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Lafleur-Gazin  2017 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, 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 Lafite Rothschild (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pavie 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Clinet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lynch-Bages (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Canon 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Rauzan-Segla  2009  Front Label
    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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