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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 de Fonbel (375ML half-bottle) 2005  Front Label
    Chateau de Fonbel (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Nenin (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau de Fieuzal (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Chateau de Fieuzal (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Fleur Cardinale (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Chateau Fleur Cardinale (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette (375ML half-bottle) 2005  Front Label
      Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Quinault l'Enclos (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Chateau Quinault l'Enclos (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Giscours La Sirene de Giscours (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Chateau Giscours La Sirene de Giscours (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Beychevelle (scuffed labels - 375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
        Chateau Beychevelle (scuffed labels - 375ML half-bottle) 2005
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Duhart-Milon (375ML half-bottle) 2005
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
          Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red (375ML half-bottle) 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          Chateau Montrose (375ML half-bottle) 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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        • Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
          Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Ridge Monte Bello (375ML half-bottle) 2005  Front Label
          Ridge Monte Bello (375ML half-bottle) 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Chateau Latour (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
            Chateau Latour (375ML half-bottle) 2005
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
            Chateau Cos d'Estournel (375ML half-bottle) 2005
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          • Ornellaia (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
            Ornellaia (375ML half-bottle) 2005
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
            Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 2005
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Chateau Leoville Poyferre (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
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            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Palmer (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
            Chateau Palmer (375ML half-bottle) 2005
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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