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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 Lafite Rothschild  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1997 Front Label
      Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      • RP94
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    • Dominus Estate 1997 Front Label
      Dominus Estate 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Harlan The Maiden 1997 Front Label
      Harlan The Maiden 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
      • RP94
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    • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 1997 Front Label
      Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      • Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (scuffed label) 1997 Front Label
        Dalla Valle Maya Proprietary Red Blend (scuffed label) 1997
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Peter Michael Les Pavots 1997 Front Label
        Peter Michael Les Pavots 1997
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • RP96
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      • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1997 Front Label
        Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1997
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
        • RP98
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      • Ridge Monte Bello 1997 Front Label
        Ridge Monte Bello 1997
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1997 Front Label
        Chateau Lynch-Bages 1997
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Inglenook Rubicon 1997 Front Label
          Inglenook Rubicon 1997
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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        • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997 Front Label
          Joseph Phelps Insignia 1997
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
          • RP100
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          • WE95
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        • Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
          Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1997
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau des Milles Anges Bordeaux 1997
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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          • Bodega Norton Privada 1997 Front Label
            Bodega Norton Privada 1997
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
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            • Grangehurst Stellenbosch Nikela Red Blend 1997 Front Label
              Grangehurst Stellenbosch Nikela Red Blend 1997
              Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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              • Barton & Guestier Saint-Julien 1997 Front Label
                Barton & Guestier Saint-Julien 1997
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 1997
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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                  • Villa Maria Cellar Select Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 1997 Front Label
                    Villa Maria Cellar Select Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 1997
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                    • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (375ML half-bottle) 1997
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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                      • Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
                        Dominus Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Chateau Clerc Milon  1997 Front Label
                        Chateau Clerc Milon 1997
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                      • DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 1997 Front Label
                        DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 1997
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Flora Springs Trilogy 1997 Front Label
                        Flora Springs Trilogy 1997
                        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
                        • RP92
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