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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 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 red 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 Pichon-Longueville Baron  2004 Front Label
    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Saint-Paul Haut-Medoc 2004 Front Label
      Chateau Saint-Paul Haut-Medoc 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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      • Chateau Bertin AOC Montagne St Emilion 2004 Front Label
        Chateau Bertin AOC Montagne St Emilion 2004
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Lascombes (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
          Chateau Lascombes (375ML half-bottle) 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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        • Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2004 Front Label
          Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Penley Estate Chertsey 2004 Front Label
          Penley Estate Chertsey 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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        • Tortoise Creek Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Front Label
          Tortoise Creek Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from France
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          • Chateau Maucaillou Moulis en Medoc 2004 Front Label
            Chateau Maucaillou Moulis en Medoc 2004
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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            • Chateau Fombrauge  2004 Front Label
              Chateau Fombrauge 2004
              Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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            • MontGras Quatro 2004 Front Label
              MontGras Quatro 2004
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile
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            • Clos de la Vieille Eglise Pomerol 2004 Front Label
              Clos de la Vieille Eglise Pomerol 2004
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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            • Cinnabar Mercury Rising Red 2004 Front Label
              Cinnabar Mercury Rising Red 2004
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Central Coast, California
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              • Chateau Cos d'Estournel (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
                Chateau Cos d'Estournel (375ML half-bottle) 2004
                Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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              • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004  Front Label
                Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Realm The Tempest 2004 Front Label
                Realm The Tempest 2004
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              • Geyser Peak Reserve Alexandre Meritage 2004 Front Label
                Geyser Peak Reserve Alexandre Meritage 2004
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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              • Viader Proprietary Red 2004  Front Label
                Viader Proprietary Red 2004
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                • Chateau Mouton Rothschild  2004 Front Label
                  Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2004
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                • Episode  2004  Front Label
                  Episode 2004
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Chateau Pavie Decesse  2004 Front Label
                    Chateau Pavie Decesse 2004
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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                  • Newton Claret 2004 Front Label
                    Newton Claret 2004
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Goats do Roam Bored Doe 2004 Front Label
                    Goats do Roam Bored Doe 2004
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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                    • Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste  2004 Front Label
                      Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2004
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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                    • Wishing Tree Merlot Cabernet 2004 Front Label
                      Wishing Tree Merlot Cabernet 2004
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Australia
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