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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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  • Levy & McClellan Ampersand Red 2005 Front Label
    Levy & McClellan Ampersand Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Brane-Cantenac  2005 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Monbousquet  2005 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Continuum  2005 Front Label
      Continuum 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Opus One  2005 Front Label
      Opus One 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Colgin IX Estate Red 2005 Front Label
      Colgin IX Estate Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Harlan Estate 2005 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Clerc Milon  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Clerc Milon 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Leoville Barton  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Barton 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Montrose  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Montrose 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Bond Matriarch 2005 Front Label
      Bond Matriarch 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Les Forts de Latour  2005 Front Label
      Les Forts de Latour 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005 Front Label
      Peter Michael Les Pavots 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Ridge Monte Bello 2005 Front Label
      Ridge Monte Bello 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005  Front Label
      Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau d'Issan  2005 Front Label
      Chateau d'Issan 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, 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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      Chateau Destieux 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Lanessan 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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