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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 Larose-Trintaudon 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Carneros, California
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    • Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau La Lagune (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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      Murrieta's Well The Spur 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • Neyers Left Bank Red 2017  Front Label
      Neyers Left Bank Red 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau La Mondotte  2016 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Sena  2017  Front Label
          Sena 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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        • Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin  2017  Front Label
          Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2018  Front Label
          Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2018
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
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            Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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              Chateau Fonroque (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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            • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2015 Front Label
              Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2015
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              J. Lohr Cuvee PAU 2014
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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