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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 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1995 Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux (stained labels) 1995 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (stained labels) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Petrus 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pontet-Canet 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Calon-Segur  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Calon-Segur 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lagrange  1995  Front Label
    Chateau Lagrange 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Angelus  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Angelus 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Figeac  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Figeac 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Branaire-Ducru  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Branaire-Ducru 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau L'Evangile  1995 Front Label
    Chateau L'Evangile 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1995  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1995 Front Label
    Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (stained lablel) 1995 Front Bottle Shot
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Sociando-Mallet  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Sociando-Mallet 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One (stained labels) 1995 Front Label
    Opus One (stained labels) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Monbousquet  1995 Front Bottle Shot
    Chateau Monbousquet 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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