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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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  • Bond Matriarch 2004 Front Label
    Bond Matriarch 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2004 Front Label
    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Larcis-Ducasse  2004  Front Label
    Chateau Larcis-Ducasse 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Corti Principe Corsini Marsiliana Toscana 2004  Front Label
      Corti Principe Corsini Marsiliana Toscana 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Harlan Estate 2004 Front Label
        Harlan Estate 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        Chateau Pavie 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Colgin Cariad 2004 Front Label
        Colgin Cariad 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  2004 Front Label
        Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2004 Front Label
        Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      • Chateau Haut-Brion  2004 Front Label
        Chateau Haut-Brion 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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      • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2004 Front Label
        Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Ridge Monte Bello 2004 Front Label
        Ridge Monte Bello 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Bond Melbury 2004  Front Bottle Shot
        Bond Melbury 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2004 Front Label
        Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Lascombes  2004 Front Label
        Chateau Lascombes 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau d'Armailhac  2004 Front Label
        Chateau d'Armailhac 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004  Front Label
        Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Viader Proprietary Red 2004  Front Label
        Viader Proprietary Red 2004
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        • Harlan The Maiden 2004 Front Label
          Harlan The Maiden 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot  2004 Front Bottle Shot
          Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2004 Front Label
          Chateau Cheval Blanc 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Abreu Vineyards Thorevilos 2004 Front Label
          Abreu Vineyards Thorevilos 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2004 Front Label
          Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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