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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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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    Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2016
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    Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    J. Lohr Cuvee St. E 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Ridge Monte Bello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Textbook Page Turner Proprietary Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Pauillac 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Keenan Mernet Reserve 2015
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    Spring Valley Uriah 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Inglenook Rubicon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
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    Continuum (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
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    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pontet-Canet (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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