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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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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2011 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Figeac  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Le Dome  2011 Front Label
    Le Dome 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, 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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Gruaud Larose  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Gruaud Larose 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Brane-Cantenac 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cheval Blanc 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Gazin 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Haut-Brion 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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