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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 Lynch-Bages  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Haut-Brion (stained labels) 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Verite La Joie (bin soiled label) 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Leoville Barton 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Ornellaia  1998 Front Label
    Ornellaia 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Angelus  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Angelus 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  1998  Front Label
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1998  Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rudd Jericho Canyon Vineyard (stained label) 1998 Front Label
    Rudd Jericho Canyon Vineyard (stained label) 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Latour 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Clinet 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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