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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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    Harlan The Maiden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Almaviva 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bond St. Eden 2006  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Futo 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pavie Decesse  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie Decesse 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2006 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Ramey Napa Valley Claret 2006 Front Label
    Ramey Napa Valley Claret 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Clos du Marquis 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bond Pluribus 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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    Bond Quella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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