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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 Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
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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  Front Label
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      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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    • Meerlust Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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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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      • 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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      • 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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      • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed by winemaker) 2010  Front Label
        Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed by winemaker) 2010
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Bryant Family Bettina Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed) 2010  Front Label
          Bryant Family Bettina Proprietary Red (1.5 Liter Magnum - signed) 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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          • 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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            • Chateau Clinet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
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              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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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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            • 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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              • 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 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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                • Bond St. Eden (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
                  Bond St. Eden (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
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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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                  • Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi (3 Liter - Chipped Wax Capsule) 2010  Front Label
                    Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi (3 Liter - Chipped Wax Capsule) 2010
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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