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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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  • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere  1990  Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau La Conseillante  1990 Front Label
      Chateau La Conseillante 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Haut-Brion  1990 Front Label
      Chateau Haut-Brion 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  1990 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Dominus Estate 1990 Front Label
      Dominus Estate 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Latour  1990 Front Label
      Chateau Latour 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1990 Front Label
      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (stained label - torn capsule) 1990 Front Label
      Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (stained label - torn capsule) 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
      • RP97
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    • Opus One  1990  Front Label
      Opus One 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • RP90
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    • Chateau Palmer  1990 Front Label
      Chateau Palmer 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Montrose (bin-soiled label) 1990 Front Label
      Chateau Montrose (bin-soiled label) 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1990 Front Label
      Chateau Lynch-Bages 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Pahlmeyer Caldwell Vineyard Napa Valley 1990 Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Caldwell Vineyard Napa Valley 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Leoville Barton  1990  Front Label
        Chateau Leoville Barton 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Harlan Estate 1990  Front Label
        Harlan Estate 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Latour Le Pauillac de Latour (bin soiled label) 1990  Front Label
        Chateau Latour Le Pauillac de Latour (bin soiled label) 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 1990 Front Label
        Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1990 Front Label
        Chateau Cheval Blanc 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Ridge Monte Bello 1990 Front Label
        Ridge Monte Bello 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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      • Chateau Rauzan-Segla  1990  Front Label
        Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Montrose  1990  Front Label
          Chateau Montrose 1990
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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        • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1990  Front Label
          Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1990
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Calon-Segur  1990  Front Label
          Chateau Calon-Segur 1990
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (torn label) 1990
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1990 Front Label
              Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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