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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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    Harlan Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2006 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2006 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Clos du Marquis 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bond Matriarch 2006 Front Label
    Bond Matriarch 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pavie  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2006 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2006 Front Label
    Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Bond Melbury 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Hosanna 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Stonestreet Legacy Meritage Red 2006 Front Label
    Stonestreet Legacy Meritage Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Opus One  2006 Front Label
    Opus One 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Palmer  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Cheval des Andes  2006 Front Label
    Cheval des Andes 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
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    Chateau Rauzan-Segla 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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