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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 Couspaude  1998 Front Label
    Chateau La Couspaude 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan The Maiden 1998 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Figeac  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1998 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1998 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan Estate 1998  Front Label
    Harlan Estate 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1998 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • RP91
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  • Chateau Pavie  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Verite La Joie (bin soiled label) 1998 Front Label
    Verite La Joie (bin soiled label) 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • RP94
    • JD94
    • JS91
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1998  Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • WE90
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  • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1998 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS96
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP90
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
    • WS95
    • RP91
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • W&S92
    • RP91
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Clerc Milon  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Montrose  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Angelus  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Angelus 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  1998  Front Label
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP92
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  • Ornellaia  1998 Front Label
    Ornellaia 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Pavie Decesse  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie Decesse 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1998  Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WS92
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