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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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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2002 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002 Front Label
    Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2002  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2002  Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan Estate 2002 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages (stained labels) 2002 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages (stained labels) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2002  Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (marked label) 2002 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots (marked label) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2002 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Duckhorn Estate Grown 25th Harvest Cuvee 2002 Front Label
    Duckhorn Estate Grown 25th Harvest Cuvee 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ausone  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Ausone 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2002  Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2002 Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2002 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Leoville Las Cases (slightly torn label) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pavie 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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