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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 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 red 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. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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  • Opus One  2006 Front Label
    Opus One 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Force Majeure Collaboration Series I Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Harlan Estate 2006 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Clos Apalta 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile
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    Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Certan de May  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Certan de May 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Sociando-Mallet 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Col Solare  2006  Front Label
    Col Solare 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Chateau Latour 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Langoa Barton 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Hosanna 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pape Clement 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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