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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 Duhart-Milon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996  Front Label
    Chateau Duhart-Milon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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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    • Dominus Estate 1996 Front Label
      Dominus Estate 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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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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    • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996 Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1996 Front Label
      Joseph Phelps Insignia 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • D94
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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
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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 St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1996 Front Label
      Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
      • RP92
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    • Chateau Montrose  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Montrose 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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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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    • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  1996 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Poyferre 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
      • RP93
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    • Chateau La Gaffeliere  1996 Front Label
      Chateau La Gaffeliere 1996
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Liversan Haut Medoc 1996
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, 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
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        • Chateau Potensac  1996 Front Label
          Chateau Potensac 1996
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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          • Villa Maria Cellar Select Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 1996
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Col Solare  1996 Front Label
              Col Solare 1996
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 1996 Front Label
              Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 1996
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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            • Chateau Angelus  1996 Front Label
              Chateau Angelus 1996
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1996 Front Label
              Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 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
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            • Flora Springs Trilogy 1996 Front Label
              Flora Springs Trilogy 1996
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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