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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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  • Balnaves The Blend 2013 Front Label
    Balnaves The Blend 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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    Chateau de Sours La Fleur d'Amelie 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    • Arrogant Frog Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2013 Front Label
      Arrogant Frog Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2013
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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      • Yeringberg Cabernet Blend 2013 Front Label
        Yeringberg Cabernet Blend 2013
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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        Ken Forrester Petit Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2013
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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        • d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2013 Front Label
          d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2013
          Bordeaux Red Blends from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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          • Indaba Mosaic 2013 Front Label
            Indaba Mosaic 2013
            Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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            • Villa Maria Private Bin The Red Blend 2013 Front Label
              Villa Maria Private Bin The Red Blend 2013
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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            • d'Arenberg The Galvo Garage 2013  Front Label
              d'Arenberg The Galvo Garage 2013
              Bordeaux Red Blends from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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              • Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
                Bond Vecina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Tower 15 The Swell Red Blend 2013 Front Label
                Tower 15 The Swell Red Blend 2013
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Squawking Magpie SQM Big Red 2013  Front Label
                  Squawking Magpie SQM Big Red 2013
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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                • Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage 2013 Front Label
                  Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage 2013
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Vidal Wines El Legado Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013  Front Label
                    Vidal Wines El Legado Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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                  • Craggy Range Winery Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels 2013 Front Label
                    Craggy Range Winery Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels 2013
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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