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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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  • Opus One  1996 Front Label
    Opus One 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • RP93
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  • Dominus Estate 1996 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • JS94
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • WS92
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  • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1996  Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Leoville Barton  1996 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
    • RP93
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (stained label) 1996 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (stained label) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
    • WS93
    • RP92
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WS90
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1996 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
    • RP95
    • WS93
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  • Bernardus Marinus Estate 1996 Front Bottle Shot
    Bernardus Marinus Estate 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Chateau Lafon-Rochet  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Lafon-Rochet 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
      • RP90
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    • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • WS96
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    • Chateau Clerc Milon  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Clerc Milon 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Petrus  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Petrus 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
      • WS94
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    • Carruades de Lafite  1996 Front Label
      Carruades de Lafite 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
        Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • RP94
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      • Chateau Haut-Batailley  1996 Front Label
        Chateau Haut-Batailley 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Potensac  1996 Front Label
        Chateau Potensac 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Rol de Fombrauge St. Emilion 1996 Front Label
          Chateau Rol de Fombrauge St. Emilion 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
            Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
            • RP95
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          • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1996 Front Label
            Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
            • RP100
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          • Chateau Phelan Segur  1996 Front Label
            Chateau Phelan Segur 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Calon-Segur  1996 Front Label
              Chateau Calon-Segur 1996
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  1996 Front Label
              Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1996
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Bernadotte  1996 Front Label
              Chateau Bernadotte 1996
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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