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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  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1995 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Poujeaux  1995  Front Label
      Chateau Poujeaux 1995
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Moulis, Bordeaux, France
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      • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1995 Front Bottle Shot
        Joseph Phelps Insignia 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Margaux  1995 Front Label
        Chateau Margaux 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Haut-Batailley 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Dominus Estate 1995 Front Label
        Dominus Estate 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1995 Front Label
        Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Peter Michael Les Pavots 1995 Front Label
        Peter Michael Les Pavots 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  1995 Front Label
        Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1995 Front Label
        Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Lagrange  1995  Front Label
        Chateau Lagrange 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Inglenook Rubicon 1995 Front Label
        Inglenook Rubicon 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1995 Front Label
        Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Bottle Shot
        Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Clerc Milon  1995 Front Label
        Chateau Clerc Milon 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Calon-Segur  1995 Front Label
        Chateau Calon-Segur 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Branaire-Ducru  1995 Front Label
        Chateau Branaire-Ducru 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • La Motte Estate 1995
        Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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        • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  1995 Front Label
          Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1995  Front Label
          Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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        • Chateau Figeac  1995 Front Label
          Chateau Figeac 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Petrus  1995 Front Label
          Chateau Petrus 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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        • Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
          Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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