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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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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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      Chateau Monbousquet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages (6 Liter - scuffed label) 1999 Front Label
      Chateau Lynch-Bages (6 Liter - scuffed label) 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
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      • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
        Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Moraga Estate Bel Air Red (1.5L Magnum) 1999  Front Label
        Moraga Estate Bel Air Red (1.5L Magnum) 1999
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Los Angeles, California
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        • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
          Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Avignonesi Desiderio (1.5 L) 1999 Front Label
            Avignonesi Desiderio (1.5 L) 1999
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (3 Liter - signed) 1999  Front Label
            Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (3 Liter - signed) 1999
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
            Peter Michael Les Pavots (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Chateau Nenin (3 Liter Bottle) 1999  Front Label
            Chateau Nenin (3 Liter Bottle) 1999
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
              Chateau Margaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
              Chateau Mouton Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
              Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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            • Flora Springs Trilogy (1.5L) 1999
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            • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
              Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999  Front Label
              Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
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            • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
              Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Quinault l'Enclos (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained labels) 1999 Front Label
              Chateau Quinault l'Enclos (1.5 Liter Magnum - stained labels) 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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