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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
      Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
      Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum - Auction Napa Valley - signed) 2010  Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum - Auction Napa Valley - signed) 2010
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      • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
        Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Giscours (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
        Chateau Giscours (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter- Auction Napa Valley - signed) 2010  Front Bottle Shot
        Joseph Phelps Insignia (3 Liter- Auction Napa Valley - signed) 2010
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Bond St. Eden (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
          Bond St. Eden (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Browne Family Vineyards Red Blend (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
            Browne Family Vineyards Red Blend (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Catena Zapata Nicolas (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
            Catena Zapata Nicolas (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Chateau Fontenil (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
            Chateau Fontenil (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Montrose (3 Liter Bottle) 2010  Front Label
            Chateau Montrose (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          • Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
            Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
            Bond Melbury (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Catena Zapata Nicolas (6 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
            Catena Zapata Nicolas (6 Liter Bottle) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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          • Chateau Rauzan-Segla (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
            Chateau Rauzan-Segla (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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          • Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
            Keenan Mernet Reserve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Chateau Duhart-Milon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
            Chateau Duhart-Milon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
            Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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          • Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
            Bond Pluribus (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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