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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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    Dominus Estate 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Lassegue  2016  Front Label
    Chateau Lassegue 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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  • DeLille D2 Estate Red 2017  Front Label
    DeLille D2 Estate Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Textbook Page Turner Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Spring Valley Uriah 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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