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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 La Lagune (bin soiled labels) 1988  Front Label
    Chateau La Lagune (bin soiled labels) 1988
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1988 Front Label
      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1988 Front Label
      Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Opus One (scuffed label) 1988 Front Label
      Opus One (scuffed label) 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1988 Front Label
      Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1988 Front Label
      Chateau Lynch-Bages 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1988  Front Label
      Chateau Gruaud Larose 1988
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Latour  1988 Front Label
        Chateau Latour 1988
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988 Front Label
        Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1988
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (3 Liter) 1988 Front Label
          Rombauer Le Meilleur de Chai Red (3 Liter) 1988
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Chateau Rauzan-Segla (375ml half bottle) 1988  Front Label
            Chateau Rauzan-Segla (375ml half bottle) 1988
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Lanessan (bin soiled labels) 1988  Front Label
              Chateau Lanessan (bin soiled labels) 1988
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Calon-Segur 1988
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (bin soiled label) 1988  Front Label
                  Chateau Mouton Rothschild (bin soiled label) 1988
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse  1988  Front Label
                    Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse 1988
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1988  Front Bottle Shot
                      Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988  Front Label
                      Chateau Lafite Rothschild (5 Liter Bottle) 1988
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1988  Front Label
                      Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1988
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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