Learn about Bordeaux Blends — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
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.
- Cabernet Sauvignon469
- Bordeaux Red Blends222
- Pinot Noir209
- Other Red Blends159
- Rhône Blends35
- Tuscan Blends18
- Cabernet Franc14
- Other Red Wine12
- Petite Sirah9
- Nero d'Avola1
- Pinot Meunier1
Opus One (stained labels) 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
Chateau Latour 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Harlan The Maiden 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
Chateau Lynch-Bages 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Mouton Rothschild (stained label) 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Duhart-Milon 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Harlan Estate 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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Chateau Monbousquet 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Merryvale Profile (torn label) 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Opus One (375ML half-bottle) 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
Col Solare 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
Chateau Talbot 1997Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France