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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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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2001 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2001 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2001 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (slightly torn labels) 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (slightly torn labels) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • DeLille Harrison Hill Red 2001 Front Label
    DeLille Harrison Hill Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2001 Front Label
    Franciscan Estate Magnificat 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Nepenthe The Fugue 2001 Front Label
    Nepenthe The Fugue 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Australia
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  • Opus One  2001 Front Label
    Opus One 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2001 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Merryvale Profile 2001  Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2001 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Murrieta's Well Vendimia Meritage Red 2001 Front Label
    Murrieta's Well Vendimia Meritage Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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  • Bond Matriarch 2001 Front Label
    Bond Matriarch 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Guardian Peak Cabernet/Syrah 2001 Front Label
    Guardian Peak Cabernet/Syrah 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Keenan Mernet Reserve 2001 Front Label
    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Rosemount Diamond Cabernet-Merlot 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Australia
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  • Chateau Giscours  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Giscours 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Meerlust Rubicon 2001 Front Label
    Meerlust Rubicon 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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  • Domaine de Nizas Mas Selleles 2001 Front Label
    Domaine de Nizas Mas Selleles 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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  • Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 2001 Front Label
    Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Opus One (scuffed label) 2001 Front Label
    Opus One (scuffed label) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2001 Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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