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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. 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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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Batailley  1996 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur  1996 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Merryvale Profile 1996  Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan Estate 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Matthews Winery Yakima Valley Red 1996 Front Label
    Matthews Winery Yakima Valley Red 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Sociando-Mallet (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Sociando-Mallet (scuffed label) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Haut-Brion (stained label) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 1996 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from North Coast, California
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  • Chateau Margaux  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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