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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. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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  • Chateau Angelus  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Angelus 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate 2006 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Carruades de Lafite  2006 Front Label
    Carruades de Lafite 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP90
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • CG92
    • WS90
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  • Ornellaia  2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS95
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS93
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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2006 Front Label
    Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • WE92
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  • Colgin Cariad 2006 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • JS96
    • WS94
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  • Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2006 Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP94
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  • Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP92
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • RP95
    • WS92
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
    • RP96
    • WS94
    • WE94
    • W&S92
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  • Chateau Clerc Milon  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
    • WS91
    • RP91
    • WE90
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  • Colgin IX Estate Red 2006 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP100
    • WS97
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    • WE94
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  • Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS90
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  • Chateau Pavie Decesse  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Pavie Decesse 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
    • RP94
    • WS91
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  • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2006 Front Label
    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • WE96
    • WS95
    • RP94
    • W&S92
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP96
    • JS95
    • WS94
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  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • WE90
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    Chateau Haut-Brion 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
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  • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2006 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP96
    • WS95
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  • Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2006 Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cousino Macul Finis Terrae 2006 Front Label
    Cousino Macul Finis Terrae 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile
    • RP90
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