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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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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (torn label) 1986  Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild (torn label) 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1986 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1986  Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Clerc Milon  1986 Front Label
    Chateau Clerc Milon 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP90
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  • Dominus Estate 1986 Front Bottle Shot
    Dominus Estate 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ausone (bin soiled label) 1986 Front Label
    Chateau Ausone (bin soiled label) 1986
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1986
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      • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1986  Front Label
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      • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1986  Front Label
        Chateau Cheval Blanc 1986
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Beaumont  1986 Front Label
          Chateau Beaumont 1986
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Cantemerle  1986 Front Label
            Chateau Cantemerle 1986
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion (1.5L) 1986 Front Label
              Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion (1.5L) 1986
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Leoville Barton  1986  Front Label
                Chateau Leoville Barton 1986
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (6 Liter Bottle) 1986  Front Label
                Chateau Lafite Rothschild (6 Liter Bottle) 1986
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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              • Pahlmeyer Caldwell Vineyard Napa Valley 1986
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                • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986 Front Label
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                  • Chateau Petrus 1986
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Latour  1986 Front Label
                      Chateau Latour 1986
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1986
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                    • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1986 Front Label
                      Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1986
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1986 Front Label
                      Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1986
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1986
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                    • Chateau L'Arrosee  1986 Front Label
                      Chateau L'Arrosee 1986
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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