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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  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lascombes  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lascombes 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Kirwan  2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Angelus  2005 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, 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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Figeac  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafon-Rochet  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lafon-Rochet 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Gruaud Larose  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Gruaud Larose 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Tour Carnet  2005 Front Label
    Chateau La Tour Carnet 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lascombes (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Lascombes (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Haut-Bergey (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Clinet  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Clinet 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette 2005 Front Label
    Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Carbonnieux  2005 Front Label
    Chateau Carbonnieux 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Vin Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle Saint-Emilion 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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