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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 Margaux (scuffed label) 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux (scuffed label) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Sociando-Mallet  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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  • Opus One  2003 Front Label
    Opus One 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Harlan The Maiden 2003 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dominus Estate 2003 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Latour  2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2003 Front Label
    Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Chateau Montrose  2003 Front Label
    Chateau Montrose 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Haut-Brion 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Bond Melbury (torn label) 2003  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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  • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2003 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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  • Bond Vecina 2003 Front Label
    Bond Vecina 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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        • Clos Les Lunelles Cotes de Castillon 2003 Front Label
          Clos Les Lunelles Cotes de Castillon 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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