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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.

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  • Chateau Latour  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One  1999 Front Label
    Opus One 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 1999 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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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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  • Harlan The Maiden 1999 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion (stained label) 1999 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion (stained label) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Verite La Muse 1999  Front Label
    Verite La Muse 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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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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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Verite La Joie 1999 Front Label
    Verite La Joie 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Palmer  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Palmer 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Margaux  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Cheval Blanc (scuffed label) 1999 Front Label
    Chateau Cheval Blanc (scuffed label) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate 1999  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ornellaia  1999 Front Label
    Ornellaia 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Chateau Pavie 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere  1999 Front Label
    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  1999  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1999 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 1999  Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Chateau Sergant Lalande de Pomerol 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Figeac  1999  Front Label
      Chateau Figeac 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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