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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 Ducru-Beaucaillou  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  1998 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One  1998 Front Label
    Opus One 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Dominus Estate 1998 Front Label
      Dominus Estate 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Gruaud Larose  1998 Front Label
      Chateau Gruaud Larose 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Latour  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Latour 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Figeac  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Figeac 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Ornellaia  1998 Front Label
        Ornellaia 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Chateau Clerc Milon  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Clerc Milon 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Monbousquet  1998 Front Label
        Chateau Monbousquet 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Clos du Bois Marlstone 1998 Front Label
        Clos du Bois Marlstone 1998
        Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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        • Chateau Cheval Blanc  1998 Front Label
          Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot  1998 Front Label
          Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Pavie Decesse  1998 Front Label
          Chateau Pavie Decesse 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Carruades de Lafite  1998 Front Label
          Carruades de Lafite 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Margaux  1998 Front Label
          Chateau Margaux 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • Harlan The Maiden 1998 Front Label
          Harlan The Maiden 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 1998 Front Label
          Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 1998 Front Label
          Dominus Napanook Vineyard 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Palmer  1998 Front Label
          Chateau Palmer 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1998 Front Label
          Chateau Lynch-Bages 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Mouton Cadet Rouge 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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            Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          • Chateau Leoville Barton  1998 Front Label
            Chateau Leoville Barton 1998
            Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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