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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 Leoville Barton  1994 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 1994
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Dominus Estate 1994  Front Label
      Dominus Estate 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Joseph Phelps Insignia 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Opus One  1994 Front Label
      Opus One 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Latour (stained label) 1994 Front Label
      Chateau Latour (stained label) 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1994 Front Bottle Shot
      Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • La Motte Estate 1994
      Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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      • Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 1994 Front Label
        Dominus Estate (3 Liter Bottle) 1994
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Greysac 1994
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1994 Front Label
          Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1994
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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            Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1994 Front Label
            Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1994
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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          • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1994 Front Label
            Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1994
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Franciscan Estate Magnificat 1994 Front Label
              Franciscan Estate Magnificat 1994
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1994 Front Label
              Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1994
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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            • Ridge Monte Bello 1994 Front Label
              Ridge Monte Bello 1994
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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            • Chateau Troplong Mondot (scuffed label) 1994 Front Label
              Chateau Troplong Mondot (scuffed label) 1994
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Clinet  1994 Front Label
              Chateau Clinet 1994
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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            • Harlan Estate 1994 Front Label
              Harlan Estate 1994
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994 Front Label
              Chateau Latour (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1994
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Plagnac Medoc 1994
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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                • Mouton Cadet Red Reserve 1994
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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                    Chateau de Sales 1994
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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