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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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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lilian Ladouys  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau le Doyenne 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2011 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pontet-Canet 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau de Fieuzal  2011 Front Label
    Chateau de Fieuzal 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau LaTour-Martillac  2011 Front Label
    Chateau LaTour-Martillac 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Prieure-Lichine 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Haut-Bailly 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Le Dome  2011 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Medoc, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Duhart-Milon 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron Les Tourelles de Longueville 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2011 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Langoa Barton 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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    Glenelly Lady May 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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    Chateau Montrose La Dame de Montrose 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Haut-Bergey 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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