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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 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 red 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. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • JS98
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Beychevelle (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Beychevelle (375ML half-bottle) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP93
    • WS92
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Potensac  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Potensac 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Apalta  2003  Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile
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    • JS92
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  • Chateau Montrose  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (scuffed labels) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WE91
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  • Chateau Clerc Milon  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • JS93
    • RP91
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP96
    • WE94
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  • Chateau Latour  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • RP100
    • JS100
    • WS98
    • WE97
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS95
    • RP94
    • WE93
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • JS98
    • RP96
    • WE95
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (3 Liter) 2003  Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel (3 Liter) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
    • JS98
    • WE95
    • RP93
    • WS92
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • JS93
    • RP91
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
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  • Chateau Palmer  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS90
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WE94
    • WS93
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    Chateau Giscours (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS94
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    • JS92
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  • Chateau Brane-Cantenac (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Brane-Cantenac (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
    • JS92
    • WS90
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  • Chateau Duhart-Milon  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Duhart-Milon 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • JS93
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  • Chateau Margaux  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • JS98
    • WS95
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    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • RP94
    • JS94
    • WS93
    • WE91
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