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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 1997  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1997 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan Estate 1997 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Harlan The Maiden 1997 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ornellaia  1997 Front Label
    Ornellaia 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1997 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997  Front Label
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 1997  Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 1997 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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  • Viader Proprietary Red 1997 Front Label
    Viader Proprietary Red 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1997 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 1997 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (6 Liter Bottle) 1997 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (6 Liter Bottle) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Monbousquet  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 1997  Front Label
    Dominus Estate (6 Liter Bottle) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
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  • Chateau La Mondotte  1997 Front Label
    Chateau La Mondotte 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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