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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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  • Dominus Estate 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One  2001 Front Label
    Opus One 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • RP90
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  • Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 2001 Front Label
    Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP96
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (slightly torn labels) 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (slightly torn labels) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP93
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  • Chateau Latour (scuffed label) 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Latour (scuffed label) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Verite La Muse 2001 Front Label
    Verite La Muse 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Verite La Joie (stained label) 2001  Front Label
    Verite La Joie (stained label) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
    • RP95
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  • Bond St. Eden 2001  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Valandraud  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Valandraud 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • RP94
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2001 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WE97
    • WS95
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  • Vieux Chateau Certan  2001 Front Label
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
    • JS96
    • WS94
    • RP93
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2001 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WE96
    • W&S95
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2001  Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
    • WS91
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  • Chateau Pavie Decesse  2001  Front Label
    Chateau Pavie Decesse 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • RP95
    • WS93
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP99
    • WS94
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  • Chateau Montrose  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
    • WS94
    • RP93
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • WS95
    • RP94
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  • Ornellaia  2001 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
    • WS95
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  • Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2001 Front Label
    Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
    • RP90
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  • Chateau Duhart-Milon  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Duhart-Milon 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS89
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  • Chateau Monbousquet  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • RP91
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  • DeLille Harrison Hill Red 2001 Front Label
    DeLille Harrison Hill Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP93
    • WE91
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  • Chateau Palmer  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
    • WS94
    • D94
    • RP93
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • RP93
    • WS92
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