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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 Haut-Brion  1989 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1989
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Ausone (scuffed labels) 1989  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One  1989  Front Label
    Opus One 1989
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Montrose  1989 Front Label
      Chateau Montrose 1989
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1989 Front Label
      Chateau Lynch-Bages 1989
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1989  Front Label
      Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1989
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Dominus Estate 1989 Front Label
      Dominus Estate 1989
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1989 Front Label
      Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1989
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1989  Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1989
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Ridge Monte Bello 1989 Front Label
      Ridge Monte Bello 1989
      Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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    • Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion (half-bottle) 1989 Front Label
      Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion (half-bottle) 1989
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion 1989 Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Opus One 6-Pack Wood Case (OWC) 1989 Front Label
          Opus One 6-Pack Wood Case (OWC) 1989
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Chateau Latour  1989 Front Label
            Chateau Latour 1989
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Inglenook Rubicon 1989
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Chateau Latour (375ml half-bottle) 1989
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Angelus  1989  Front Label
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                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Leoville Barton 1989
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Palmer  1989  Front Label
                  Chateau Palmer 1989
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Margaux  1989  Front Label
                  Chateau Margaux 1989
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Rauzan-Segla  1989 Front Label
                  Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1989
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Talbot  1989  Front Label
                  Chateau Talbot 1989
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1989 Front Label
                  Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1989
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1989 Front Label
                  Chateau Gruaud Larose 1989
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1989
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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