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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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  • Dominus Estate 1997  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One (stained labels) 1997 Front Label
    Opus One (stained labels) 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Chateau Latour  1997 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1997 Front Label
      Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
      • RP92
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    • Ridge Monte Bello 1997 Front Label
      Ridge Monte Bello 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
      • RP94
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    • Harlan The Maiden 1997 Front Label
      Harlan The Maiden 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, 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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      • Chateau Mouton Rothschild (stained label) 1997 Front Label
        Chateau Mouton Rothschild (stained label) 1997
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
        • W&S94
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      • Chateau Duhart-Milon  1997  Front Label
        Chateau Duhart-Milon 1997
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Harlan Estate 1997 Front Label
          Harlan Estate 1997
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
          • RP100
          • WS97
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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 Monbousquet  1997 Front Label
            Chateau Monbousquet 1997
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
            • RP92
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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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          • Merryvale Profile (torn label) 1997 Front Label
            Merryvale Profile (torn label) 1997
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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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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          • Col Solare  1997 Front Label
            Col Solare 1997
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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            • Chateau Barde Haut  1997  Front Label
              Chateau Barde Haut 1997
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, 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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              • 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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              • Opus One  1997 Front Label
                Opus One 1997
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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              • Chateau Talbot 1997
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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                • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1997 Front Label
                  Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1997
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
                  • RP90
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