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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 Pape Clement 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 2016  Front Label
    Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2016 Front Label
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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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  • Chateau Duhart-Milon  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Duhart-Milon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Angelus  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Angelus 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ausone  2016 Front Label
    Chateau Ausone 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • J. Lohr Cuvee St. E 2016  Front Label
    J. Lohr Cuvee St. E 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Chateau Les Trois Croix 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau L'Eglise Clinet 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Les Forts de Latour  2016  Front Label
    Les Forts de Latour 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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