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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 Leoville Barton  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Barton 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002  Front Bottle Shot
    Bond Vecina (slightly torn label) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond St. Eden 2002  Front Label
    Bond St. Eden 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Harlan Estate 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2002 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bond Melbury 2002  Front Label
    Bond Melbury 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2002 Front Label
    Ridge Monte Bello 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2002 Front Label
    Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
      Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2002 Front Label
        Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2002 Front Label
        Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Chateau Faugeres  2002 Front Label
        Chateau Faugeres 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2002 Front Label
        Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Smith & Hooper Wrattonbully Cabernet Merlot 2002 Front Label
        Smith & Hooper Wrattonbully Cabernet Merlot 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Wrattonbully, South Australia, Australia
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        • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2002 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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        • Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet-Merlot 2002 Front Label
          Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet-Merlot 2002
          Bordeaux Red Blends from South Australia, Australia
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          • Domaine de Nizas Le Mas 2002 Front Label
            Domaine de Nizas Le Mas 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Languedoc, South of France, France
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          • Gordon Brothers Tradition Red 2002 Front Label
            Gordon Brothers Tradition Red 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Red 2002 Front Label
            Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Red 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2002 Front Label
            Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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            Justin Isosceles 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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          • Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2002 Front Label
            Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2002
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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