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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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  • Harlan The Maiden 2006 Front Label
    Harlan The Maiden 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
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  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge 2006 Front Label
    Domaines Barons de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux Rouge 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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      • Carruades de Lafite  2006 Front Label
        Carruades de Lafite 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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      • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006 Front Label
        Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Ornellaia  2006 Front Label
        Ornellaia 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Colgin Cariad 2006 Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2006 Front Label
        Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou  2006 Front Label
        Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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      • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2006  Front Label
        Robert Foley Vineyards Claret 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      • Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2006 Front Label
        Abreu Vineyards Cappella 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        Cayuse Flying Pig 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau d'Armailhac  2006 Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France
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          Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2006
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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        • Chateau Clerc Milon  2006 Front Label
          Chateau Clerc Milon 2006
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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        • Colgin IX Estate Red 2006 Front Label
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        • Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion  2006 Front Label
          Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2006
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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          Chateau Pavie Decesse 2006
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        • Inglenook Rubicon 2006 Front Label
          Inglenook Rubicon 2006
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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        • Chateau St Julien Bordeaux Superieur 2006 Front Label
          Chateau St Julien Bordeaux Superieur 2006
          Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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          • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2006 Front Label
            Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2006
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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