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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  2003  Front Label
    Opus One 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, 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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    • Verite Le Desir 2003  Front Label
      Verite Le Desir 2003
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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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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    • Chateau Bellevue Mondotte  2003  Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse  2003  Front Label
        Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse 2003
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2003 Front Label
        Pahlmeyer Jayson Red 2003
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2003 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Margaux (scuffed label) 2003 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, 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 Lynch-Bages  2003 Front Label
          Chateau Lynch-Bages 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2003 Front Label
          Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2003 Front Label
          Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2003
          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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          Chateau Branaire-Ducru 2003
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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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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        • Harlan Estate (scuffed label) 2003 Front Label
          Harlan Estate (scuffed label) 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 Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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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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          • Harlan The Maiden (scuffed labels) 2003 Front Label
            Harlan The Maiden (scuffed labels) 2003
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