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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 Lafleur  2011  Front Label
    Chateau Lafleur 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Meyney  2011 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan Estate 2011 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2011 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2011 Front Label
    Screaming Eagle Second Flight 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2011 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Chateau Pape Clement  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Pape Clement 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Branaire-Ducru  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Colgin Cariad 2011 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Troplong Mondot  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Troplong Mondot 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Kirwan  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Kirwan 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Branon 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2011  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Dominus Estate 2011 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2011 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    The Mascot 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2011 Front Label
      Chateau Pontet-Canet 2011
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau La Vieille Cure  2011 Front Label
      Chateau La Vieille Cure 2011
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Colgin IX Estate Red 2011 Front Label
      Colgin IX Estate Red 2011
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2011 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2011
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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