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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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  • Continuum  2018  Front Label
    Continuum 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Almaviva  2018  Front Label
    Almaviva 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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    Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Clos Apalta  2011 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau La Cardonne  2016  Front Label
    Chateau La Cardonne 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Almaviva  2017  Front Label
    Almaviva 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Les Grands Marechaux  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Les Grands Marechaux 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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  • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2015 Front Label
    Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2015 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fage Graves de Vayres 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Fage Graves de Vayres 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France
    • WW89
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  • Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
    Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    Clos Apalta 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Barton & Guestier Chateau Magnol Cru Bourgeois 2016  Front Label
    Barton & Guestier Chateau Magnol Cru Bourgeois 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Girard Artistry 2018  Front Label
    Girard Artistry 2018
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  • Flora Springs Trilogy 2017  Front Label
    Flora Springs Trilogy 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2019  Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin  2018  Front Label
    Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • DeLille D2 Estate Red 2018  Front Label
    DeLille D2 Estate Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JD91
    • JS90
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