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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 Montrose (scuffed labels & stained label) 2003  Front Label
          Chateau Montrose (scuffed labels & stained label) 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Harlan The Maiden (scuffed labels) 2003 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2003 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2003 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Colgin IX Estate Red 2003 Front Label
          Colgin IX Estate Red 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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        • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte  2003 Front Label
          Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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        • Ridge Monte Bello 2003 Front Label
          Ridge Monte Bello 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, 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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        • Chateau Angelus  2003 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau de Clotte  2003 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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          • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2003 Front Label
            Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2003
            Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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            • Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch 2003 Front Label
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              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2003  Front Label
              Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2003
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (scuffed label) 2003 Front Label
              Chateau Cos d'Estournel (scuffed label) 2003
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2003 Front Label
              Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2003
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Leoville Barton  2003 Front Label
              Chateau Leoville Barton 2003
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Lascombes  2003 Front Label
              Chateau Lascombes 2003
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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            • Peter Michael Les Pavots 2003 Front Label
              Peter Michael Les Pavots 2003
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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            • Taltarni Three Monks Cabernet Merlot 2003 Front Label
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              Bordeaux Red Blends from Australia
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                Verite La Joie 2003
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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