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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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  • Opus One  2001 Front Label
    Opus One 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel (torn labels) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (slightly torn labels) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2001 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • Harlan Estate 2001 Front Label
    Harlan Estate 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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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 Valandraud  2001 Front Label
    Chateau Valandraud 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2001  Front Label
    Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Viader Proprietary Red 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001  Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Duhart-Milon Moulin de Duhart 2001 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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 Haut-Brion  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Haut-Brion 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Harlan The Maiden 2001 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Pavie  2001 Front Label
      Chateau Pavie 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2001 Front Label
      Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    • Ornellaia  2001 Front Label
      Ornellaia 2001
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Trimoulet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2001 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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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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