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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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  • Dominus Estate 1987 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1987
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One  1987  Front Label
    Opus One 1987
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1987 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1987
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Certan de May 1987
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau L'Evangile 1987
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1987
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1987
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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              • Giuseppe Quintarelli Alzero Cabernet 1987  Front Label
                Giuseppe Quintarelli Alzero Cabernet 1987
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                • Chateau Petrus  1987 Front Label
                  Chateau Petrus 1987
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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                  • Ridge Monte Bello 1987
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Chateau Haut-Brion 1987
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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                      • Joseph Phelps Insignia (slightly torn label) 1987 Front Label
                        Joseph Phelps Insignia (slightly torn label) 1987
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Chateau Latour  1987 Front Label
                          Chateau Latour 1987
                          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                          • Chateau Margaux  1987 Front Label
                            Chateau Margaux 1987
                            Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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                            • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1987 Front Label
                              Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1987
                              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                              • Inglenook Rubicon 1987 Front Label
                                Inglenook Rubicon 1987
                                Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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