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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 La Vieille Cure (1.5L Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Chateau La Vieille Cure (1.5L Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Colgin Cariad (1.5 Liter Magnum Etched Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Colgin Cariad (1.5 Liter Magnum Etched Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Latour (3 Liter Bottle) 2001 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Del Dotto The David (3 Liter Bottle) 2001  Front Label
    Del Dotto The David (3 Liter Bottle) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Verite La Joie (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Verite La Joie (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Gemstone Vineyard Estate Red Wine (1.5L Magnum) 2001  Front Label
    Gemstone Vineyard Estate Red Wine (1.5L Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001  Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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