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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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    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed) 2010  Front Label
    Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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  • 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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  • Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Bond Quella (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Clinet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Chateau Clinet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, 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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  • Chateau Figeac (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
    Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Futo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Futo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    OVID (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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