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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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  • Justin Isosceles 1998 Front Label
    Justin Isosceles 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Peter Michael Les Pavots 1998 Front Label
      Peter Michael Les Pavots 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Harlan The Maiden 1998 Front Label
        Harlan The Maiden 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Figeac  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Figeac 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Lynch-Bages 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • WS90
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      • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • RP96
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      • Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1998 Front Label
        Chateau Margaux (stained label) 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • RP91
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      • Carruades de Lafite  1998 Front Label
        Carruades de Lafite 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
        • RP90
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      • Chateau Haut-Brion (stained labels) 1998 Front Label
        Chateau Haut-Brion (stained labels) 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
        • WS97
        • RP96
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      • Harlan Estate 1998  Front Label
        Harlan Estate 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • RP95
        • WS90
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      • Verite La Joie (bin soiled label) 1998 Front Label
        Verite La Joie (bin soiled label) 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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        • JD94
        • JS91
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      • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1998  Front Label
        Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
        • RP91
        • WE90
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      • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
        • W&S93
        • RP91
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      • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1998 Front Label
        Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
        • RP98
        • WS96
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      • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998 Front Label
        Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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        • RP91
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      • Ferrari-Carano Tresor 1998 Front Label
        Ferrari-Carano Tresor 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  1998 Front Label
          Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Clerc Milon  1998 Front Label
          Chateau Clerc Milon 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Verite (bin soiled lablel) 1998 Front Label
          Verite (bin soiled lablel) 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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        • Chateau Barde Haut  1998  Front Label
          Chateau Barde Haut 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau La Couspaude  1998 Front Label
            Chateau La Couspaude 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
            • RP92
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          • Chateau Angelus  1998 Front Label
            Chateau Angelus 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Leoville Barton  1998 Front Label
            Chateau Leoville Barton 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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          • Vieux Chateau Certan  1998  Front Label
            Vieux Chateau Certan 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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            • RP92
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