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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 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 red 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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  • Ravenswood Pickberry Meritage 1999 Front Label
    Ravenswood Pickberry Meritage 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Chateau Clinet  1999 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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        • Frank Phelan Saint-Estephe 1999 Front Label
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            • Chateau Faugeres  1999 Front Label
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              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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              Bernardus Marinus Estate 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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              • Enzo Bianchi Gran Cru 1999 Front Label
                Enzo Bianchi Gran Cru 1999
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                • Chateau Quinault l'Enclos  1999 Front Label
                  Chateau Quinault l'Enclos 1999
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Monbousquet  1999 Front Label
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                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chevalier de Gruaud St. Julien 1999 Front Label
                  Chevalier de Gruaud St. Julien 1999
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                  • Columbia Crest Merlot Cabernet 1999
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Villa Bel Air (FR) Graves 1999 Front Label
                      Villa Bel Air (FR) Graves 1999
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Graves, Bordeaux, France
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                      • Barnwood Trio Reserve 1999 Front Label
                        Barnwood Trio Reserve 1999
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                          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                            Franciscan Estate Magnificat 1999
                            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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