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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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  • Clos Apalta  2001 Front Label
    Clos Apalta 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate 2001  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Margaux  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Sloan Proprietary Red 2001 Front Label
    Sloan Proprietary Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2001 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2001 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Montrose  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Duhart-Milon Moulin de Duhart 2001 Front Label
    Chateau Duhart-Milon Moulin de Duhart 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2001 Front Label
      Peter Michael Les Pavots 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Pavie Decesse  2001  Front Label
      Chateau Pavie Decesse 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Stonestreet Legacy Meritage Red 2001 Front Label
      Stonestreet Legacy Meritage Red 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Vieux Chateau Certan  2001 Front Label
      Vieux Chateau Certan 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    • Harlan Estate 2001 Front Label
      Harlan Estate 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Justin Isosceles 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Harlan The Maiden 2001 Front Label
      Harlan The Maiden 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • DeLille Harrison Hill Red 2001 Front Label
      DeLille Harrison Hill Red 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Bond St. Eden 2001 Front Label
      Bond St. Eden 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Cheval Blanc  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Cheval Blanc 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Bond Matriarch 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Lancaster Estate Red 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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        Justin Justification 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2001 Front Label
          Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2001
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2001 Front Label
          Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2001
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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