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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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  • Sur de los Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Premium Blend 2017  Front Label
    Sur de los Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Premium Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    Chateau L'Evangile Blason de L'Evangile 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2017  Front Label
    Figgins Estate Red Wine 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Bond St. Eden 2017  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sena  2017  Front Label
    Sena 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri Superiore 2017  Front Label
    Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri Superiore 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Bellegrave  2017  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Larose Perganson  2017  Front Label
    Chateau Larose Perganson 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bodega DiamAndes Grande Reserve Malbec-Cabernet 2017  Front Label
    Bodega DiamAndes Grande Reserve Malbec-Cabernet 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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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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  • Petra Toscana Rosso 2017  Front Label
    Petra Toscana Rosso 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Cedar + Salmon Red Blend 2017  Front Label
    Cedar + Salmon Red Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Batailley  2017  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Batailley 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2017  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Mormoreto 2017  Front Label
    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Mormoreto 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2017  Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Neyen Espiritu de Apalta 2017  Front Label
    Neyen Espiritu de Apalta 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • CARO  2017  Front Label
    CARO 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Chateau Pey La Tour Reserve 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Pey La Tour Reserve 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    I Collazzi Toscana Collazzi 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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