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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 Cantemerle  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Cantemerle 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Colgin IX Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2006 Front Label
    Aubert Lucia Abreu Vineyard Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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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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    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Latour  2006 Front Label
    Chateau Latour 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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    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate 2006  Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Antonino Izquierdo 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Ribera del Duero, Spain
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    Chateau Haut-Bages Liberal 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (wrinkled label) 2006  Front Label
      Robert Foley Vineyards Claret (wrinkled label) 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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    • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2006 Front Label
      Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      Bond Quella 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
      Harlan Estate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, 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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