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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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  • Continuum  2018  Front Label
    Continuum 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sena 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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    Dominus Estate 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Haut Gaudin Bordeaux Superieur 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Laroque 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Almaviva  2018  Front Label
    Almaviva 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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    Shafer TD-9 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau La Perriere Lussac St.-Emilion 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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  • Ornellaia  2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Faizeau Montagne-St.-Emilion 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2018  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Chateau Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Superieur 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau German 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2018
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    Chateau Fleur Haut Gaussens Bordeaux Superieur 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2018  Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pedesclaux Fleur de Pedesclaux 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2018  Front Label
    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    CARO Amancaya 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    DeLille D2 Estate Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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