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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 Picque-Caillou  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Picque-Caillou 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ornellaia  2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Almaviva  2018  Front Label
    Almaviva 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Clos du Roy  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Clos du Roy 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Lancaster Estate Winemaker's Cuvee 2018  Front Label
    Lancaster Estate Winemaker's Cuvee 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Girard Artistry 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • CARO Amancaya 2018  Front Label
    CARO Amancaya 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Chateau Labegorce  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Labegorce 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Denner Mother of Exiles 2018  Front Label
    Denner Mother of Exiles 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Chateau Bel-Air Jean & Gabriel Lussac St.-Emilion 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Bel-Air Jean & Gabriel Lussac St.-Emilion 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    3.6 7 Ratings
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  • Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Saintayme  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Saintayme 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Palmer  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Marquis d'Alesme  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Marquis d'Alesme 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • D93
    4.3 5 Ratings
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  • Chateau Belair-Monange (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Belair-Monange 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Clos Lunelles  2018 Front Label
    Clos Lunelles 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Continuum  2018  Front Label
    Continuum 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    4.7 39 Ratings
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  • Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau La Gaffeliere  2018  Front Label
    Chateau La Gaffeliere 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2018  Front Label
    DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    4.8 6 Ratings
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • V95
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    4.1 7 Ratings
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