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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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  • Opus One  2001 Front Label
    Opus One 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Clos du Marquis  2001  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Audelssa Mountain Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon 2001  Front Label
      Audelssa Mountain Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Chateau Pavie  2001 Front Label
        Chateau Pavie 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Haut-Brion  2001 Front Label
        Chateau Haut-Brion 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      • Clos Apalta  2001 Front Label
        Clos Apalta 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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      • Verite La Muse 2001 Front Label
        Verite La Muse 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      • Harlan Estate 2001 Front Label
        Harlan Estate 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Dominus Estate 2001  Front Label
        Dominus Estate 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Valandraud  2001 Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Ridge Monte Bello 2001 Front Label
        Ridge Monte Bello 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Vieux Chateau Certan  2001 Front Label
        Vieux Chateau Certan 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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      • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2001  Front Label
        Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (torn labels) 2001 Front Label
        Chateau Cos d'Estournel (torn labels) 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001  Front Label
        Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2001 Front Label
        Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (slightly torn labels) 2001 Front Label
        Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (slightly torn labels) 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Montrose  2001 Front Label
        Chateau Montrose 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2001 Front Label
        Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      • Ornellaia  2001 Front Label
        Ornellaia 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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        Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Monbousquet  2001 Front Label
        Chateau Monbousquet 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • DeLille Harrison Hill Red 2001 Front Label
        DeLille Harrison Hill Red 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2001 Front Label
        Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2001 Front Label
        Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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