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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 1990 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ausone 1990
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Figeac  1990 Front Label
      Chateau Figeac 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1990  Front Label
      Chateau Lafite Rothschild (3 Liter Bottle) 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Brane-Cantenac  1990 Front Label
      Chateau Brane-Cantenac 1990
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Petrus  1990 Front Label
        Chateau Petrus 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1990 Front Label
        Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere  1990  Front Label
        Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 1990
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Gloria  1990 Front Bottle Shot
          Chateau Gloria 1990
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse  1990  Front Label
            Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 1990
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1990 Front Label
            Chateau Gruaud Larose 1990
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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            • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1990  Front Label
              Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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            • Chateau Angelus  1990  Front Label
              Chateau Angelus 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Latour 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1990 Front Label
              Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1990 Front Bottle Shot
              Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Latour  1990 Front Label
              Chateau Latour 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Beychevelle  1990 Front Label
              Chateau Beychevelle 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1990 Front Label
              Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Sociando-Mallet (torn label) 1990 Front Label
              Chateau Sociando-Mallet (torn label) 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1990 Front Label
              Chateau Lynch-Bages 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Rauzan-Segla  1990  Front Label
              Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau de Pez  1990 Front Label
                Chateau de Pez 1990
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  1990 Front Label
                Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1990
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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              • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1990 Front Label
                Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1990
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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