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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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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette (375ML half-bottle) 2006  Front Label
    Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2006 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2006 Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (stained label) 2006 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (stained label) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2006  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2006  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2006 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bond Pluribus 2006 Front Label
    Bond Pluribus 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Palmer  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Cheval des Andes  2006 Front Label
    Cheval des Andes 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Angelus  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Angelus 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2006 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
    Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2006 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2006  Front Bottle Shot
    Bond Melbury 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond St. Eden (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
    Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Latour  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Col Solare  2006  Front Label
    Col Solare 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP93
    • WS92
    • WE91
    3.6 16 Ratings
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