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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 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2014 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Barton & Guestier Chateau Magnol Cru Bourgeois 2016  Front Label
    Barton & Guestier Chateau Magnol Cru Bourgeois 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Colombier  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Colombier 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Superieur 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Superieur 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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 Lalande  2019  Front Label
    Chateau Lalande 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Ferrari-Carano Tresor 2015  Front Label
    Ferrari-Carano Tresor 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Coutet St. Emilion  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Coutet St. Emilion 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2013 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2019  Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Fombrauge  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fombrauge 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Langlet  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Langlet 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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    4.7 21 Ratings
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  • Clos Apalta  2012 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Montrose  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017  Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Oyster Ridge Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    4.7 11 Ratings
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  • Kathryn Kennedy Lateral 2016  Front Label
    Kathryn Kennedy Lateral 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Blaignan  2016  Front Label
      Chateau Blaignan 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, 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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      • Chateau Fonplegade  2018  Front Label
        Chateau Fonplegade 2018
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Niner Fog Catcher Red 2017  Front Label
        Niner Fog Catcher Red 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Chateau La Lagune (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020  Front Label
          Chateau La Lagune (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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