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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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  • Colgin Cariad 2004 Front Label
    Colgin Cariad 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
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    • Bond Vecina 2004 Front Label
      Bond Vecina 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    • Harlan Estate 2004 Front Label
      Harlan Estate 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2004 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Margaux  2004 Front Label
      Chateau Margaux 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Haut-Brion  2004 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2004 Front Label
      Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Harlan The Maiden 2004 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Bond Melbury 2004  Front Bottle Shot
      Bond Melbury 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2004 Front Label
      Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2004 Front Label
      Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Bond St. Eden (torn label) 2004  Front Label
      Bond St. Eden (torn label) 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Cos d'Estournel  2004 Front Label
      Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Leoville Barton  2004 Front Label
      Chateau Leoville Barton 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
      Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
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      Chateau Clerc Milon 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Viader Proprietary Red 2004
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        Justin Isosceles 2004
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          Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Ridge Monte Bello 2004 Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2004 Front Label
          Chateau Pontet-Canet 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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          Domaines Barons de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Pauillac 2004
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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