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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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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Peymouton  2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2016 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ridge Monte Bello 2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Pontet-Canet  2016 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Carte Blanche Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Estate 2016 Front Label
    Dominus Estate 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Ornellaia  2016  Front Label
    Ornellaia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Ornellaia (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Clos Apalta Le Petit Clos Apalta 2016  Front Label
    Clos Apalta Le Petit Clos Apalta 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016  Front Label
    Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Clos Apalta 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • CARO  2016  Front Label
    CARO 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Brion 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Almaviva Red 2016 Front Label
    Almaviva Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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    Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2016  Front Label
    Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Alpha Omega Two Squared Red 2016
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    • Chateau La Dauphine  2016  Front Label
      Chateau La Dauphine 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau Pey La Tour 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    • Continuum (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
      Continuum (375ML half-bottle) 2016
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      Chateau Fonplegade 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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      Chateau le Doyenne 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
      • RP92
      • JS90
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