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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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  • Opus One  2017  Front Label
    Opus One 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Dominus Estate 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Intrinsic Red Blend 2017 Front Label
    Intrinsic Red Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    CARO Amancaya 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Orma Passi di Orma 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Neyers Left Bank Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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      Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Bordeaux Rouge 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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        Almaviva 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Maipo Valley, Chile
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      • Chateau Haut-Beausejour  2017  Front Label
        Chateau Haut-Beausejour 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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        Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Proprietary Red Blend 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        Domaine Du Castel Grand Vin (OK Kosher) 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Israel
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      • Chateau de Pez  2017  Front Label
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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        Chateau Sansonnet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        Chateau Saint-Andre Corbin 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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        Dominus Napanook Vineyard 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        Stewart Tartan Red 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        Markham The Altruist Red Blend 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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        Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Claret 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from California
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        • 1848 Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Second Generation (OU Kosher) 2017  Front Label
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          Bordeaux Red Blends from Israel
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          • Trivento Reserve Cabernet-Malbec 2017  Front Label
            Trivento Reserve Cabernet-Malbec 2017
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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              Favia Carbone Red Blend 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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            • Leonetti Reserve 2017  Front Label
              Leonetti Reserve 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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              Trefethen Dragon's Tooth Red Blend 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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              Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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