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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 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Danielle & Richard Dubois Cotes de Castillon Arthemis Red 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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    • Dancing Hares Mad Hatter Red 2005  Front Label
      Dancing Hares Mad Hatter Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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      Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    • Opus One  2005 Front Label
      Opus One 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Dominus Estate 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005  Front Label
      Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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      Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Latour 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Margaux 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Kirwan 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      Bond Matriarch 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Quinault l'Enclos  2005  Front Label
      Chateau Quinault l'Enclos 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Pape Clement 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2005 Front Label
      Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau Destieux  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Destieux 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Rauzan-Segla (scuffed label) 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2005 Front Label
      Chateau Pontet-Canet 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      Viader Proprietary Red 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2005 Front Label
      Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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