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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. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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  • Chateau Margaux  1985 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1985 Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (bin soiled label) 1985  Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (bin soiled label) 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1985 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1985 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One 6-Pack Wood Case (OWC) 1985 Front Label
    Opus One 6-Pack Wood Case (OWC) 1985
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1985 Front Label
        Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1985
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1985  Front Label
        Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1985
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Opus One  1985  Front Label
          Opus One 1985
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          • Chateau Haut-Brion  1985 Front Label
            Chateau Haut-Brion 1985
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Petrus 1985
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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            • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1985 Front Label
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              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • Dominus Estate 1985 Front Label
                Dominus Estate 1985
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Chateau L'Evangile  1985 Front Label
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                Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Lynch-Bages (bin soiled labels) 1985 Front Label
                  Chateau Lynch-Bages (bin soiled labels) 1985
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Carruades de Lafite  1985 Front Label
                  Carruades de Lafite 1985
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                  • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1985 Front Label
                    Chateau Gruaud Larose 1985
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1985
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (bin soiled labels) 1985 Front Label
                    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (bin soiled labels) 1985
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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