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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 Margaux  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Margaux 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Brion  2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Fombrauge  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Fombrauge 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Poyferre  2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Lynch-Bages  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Lynch-Bages 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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    Domaine de Chevalier 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Pape Clement 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Haut-Bailly  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Haut-Bailly 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Donati Family Vineyards Claret 2012 Front Label
    Donati Family Vineyards Claret 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Paicines, Central Coast, California
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau Leoville Las Cases  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Montes Alpha M 2012 Front Label
    Montes Alpha M 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Clos du Marquis  2012 Front Label
    Clos du Marquis 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
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  • Chateau des Annereaux  2012 Front Label
    Chateau des Annereaux 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Giscours 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Lilian Ladouys 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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    Bernardus Marinus Estate 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Carmel Valley, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild  2012 Front Label
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2012 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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