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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 de Pez  2017  Front Label
    Chateau de Pez 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • St. Francis Claret 2017  Front Label
    St. Francis Claret 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, 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 Saint-Andre Corbin  2017  Front Label
      Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Halter Ranch Vineyard Ancestor Estate Reserve 2017  Front Label
      Halter Ranch Vineyard Ancestor Estate Reserve 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Markham The Altruist Red Blend 2017  Front Label
      Markham The Altruist Red Blend 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Clos Apalta Le Petit Clos Apalta 2017  Front Label
      Clos Apalta Le Petit Clos Apalta 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    • Chateau Tournefeuille Lalande-de-Pomerol 2017  Front Label
      Chateau Tournefeuille Lalande-de-Pomerol 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Ransom Reds 2017  Front Label
      Ransom Reds 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Rogue Valley, Oregon
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      • Chateau Haut-Colombier  2017  Front Label
        Chateau Haut-Colombier 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      • Te Mata Coleraine 2017  Front Label
        Te Mata Coleraine 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
        • WE93
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      • Sena  2017  Front Label
        Sena 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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      • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2017  Front Label
        Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Lake County, North Coast, California
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      • Experience Trail 3150 Single Vineyard Red 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Murrieta's Well The Spur 2017  Front Label
          Murrieta's Well The Spur 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
          • WE90
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        • Tenuta Sette Cieli Yantra 2017 Front Label
          Tenuta Sette Cieli Yantra 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Clos Apalta (3 Liter) 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile
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        • Clos Apalta (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
          Clos Apalta (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile
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        • Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Red Blend 2017 Front Label
          Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Red Blend 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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        • Chateau La Freynelle  2017  Front Label
          Chateau La Freynelle 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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        • Te Mata Awatea Cabernets-Merlot 2017  Front Label
          Te Mata Awatea Cabernets-Merlot 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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        • Chateau Lalande  2017  Front Label
          Chateau Lalande 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • Newton The Puzzle 2017  Front Label
          Newton The Puzzle 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2017 Front Label
          Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere (1.5 Liter Futures Pre-Sale) 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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