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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  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Monbousquet  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Monbousquet 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan Estate 1999 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Rudd Jericho Canyon Vineyard Proprietary Red 1999 Front Label
    Rudd Jericho Canyon Vineyard Proprietary Red 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Opus One  1999 Front Label
    Opus One 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Merryvale Profile 1999 Front Label
    Merryvale Profile 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Eloge 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  1999 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Las Cases 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Harlan The Maiden 1999 Front Label
      Harlan The Maiden 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Merryvale Profile (375ML half-bottle) 1999 Front Label
      Merryvale Profile (375ML half-bottle) 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Cheval Blanc (scuffed labels) 1999 Front Label
      Chateau Cheval Blanc (scuffed labels) 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1999 Front Label
      Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron  1999 Front Label
      Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (signed) 1999 Front Label
      Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (signed) 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Columbia Crest Merlot Cabernet 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau de Pez 1999
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1999 Front Label
          Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1999
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • Baron Philippe de Rothschild St. Emilion 1999 Front Label
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          • Carruades de Lafite  1999 Front Label
            Carruades de Lafite 1999
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Luna di Luna Merlot/Cabernet 1999 Front Label
              Luna di Luna Merlot/Cabernet 1999
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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              • Chateau Bel Air Haut-Medoc 1999 Front Label
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                Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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