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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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    Verite Le Desir 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    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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    Pellet Estate Henry's Reserve 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Force Majeure Epinette 2017  Front Label
    Force Majeure Epinette 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Substance Vineyard Collection Klein Bx Blend 2017  Front Label
    Substance Vineyard Collection Klein Bx 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 Smith Haut Lafitte  2017 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Secret Indulgence Secret Red 2017  Front Label
    Secret Indulgence Secret Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Palazzo California  Left Bank Red Wine 2017  Front Label
    Palazzo California Left Bank Red Wine 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Palazzo California  Left Bank Red Wine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Palazzo California Left Bank Red Wine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Addax Red Wine 2017  Front Label
    Addax Red Wine 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Keever Vineyards and Winery Inspirado Red Wine 2017  Front Label
    Keever Vineyards and Winery Inspirado Red Wine 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Carte Blanche The Mark Proprietary Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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